As an experienced martini drinker, I have long been accustomed to Vermouth at 18% alcohol content. I have just noticed that most, if not all brands are now 16%. When did this happen?
I may have missed it because a few years ago I took up Trader Joe's Ponti brand Italian dry vermouth which is, as of this writing at least, still 18%. Like most of TJ's stuff, it is fairly decent and very reasonably priced. M & R or Noilly Prat it's not but, sufficiently diluted with cheap vodka, I can certainly live with it.
I completely understand this change as part on the ongoing repackage-with-less-contents marketing practice but... it NOTHING sacred??