Until recently, I thought that balsamic vinegar came from the supermarket and costed a few bucks. On December 25th, 2012, my mind was BLOWN. My brother and sister got me a bottle of aged balsamic for Christmas. They gave me a 250 ML bottle of Botte Piccola aged balsamic (Available on Amazon.com for $58), which is aged in an oak barrel for 8 years.

Now, let’s get this out of the way right now: This aged balsamic comes at a price. This specific bottle is about 30 times more expensive than a supermarket balsamic (hence why I got it as a gift). I should note however, that comparing this to a supermarket balsamic is like comparing Mariah Carey to Nicki Minaj.

So, what do you do with this aged balsamic? The question is more of, what don’t you do? It pairs with everything from savory to sweet. The aging gives the balsamic a thick syrupy viscosity with a sweet, but still recognizable balsamic flavor.

Pour it over:

  • Mozzarella
  • Pasta
  • Grilled chicken
  • Steak
  • Strawberries
  • Ice cream (pictured above)
  • Your soon to be licked finger

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All of them will result in an explosion of flavor on your taste buds. The only downside I see is that once I’m done this 250ml bottle, I’m going to have to convince someone else to buy me another one.

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All kidding aside, you should definitely splurge on a bottle of this at least once.