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2015 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre
Review Date: 04-19-2017
The 2015 “Montachins” shows a sleek, understated sweetness. Make no mistake, this is not a “fruity” wine. Quite mineral, the acidity has a razor-fine edge, but in this vintage the fruit makes a gentle, velvety backdrop to that steely glint. Focused and taut, the aromatics run to kiwi, lime and herb, joined by crushed rock and a hint of petrol.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Gitton Père & Fils "Montachins" Sancerre
Review Date: 04-09-2017
An intriguing Sancerre, this starts with minerality, but takes it multi-dimensional. There resides an almost petrol-y asperity in it, and it is finally more akin to wet earth than simply wet rock. Splash that against faintly honeyed fruit and pale floral notes, and you’ve got a compelling mix that’ll keep drawing you back in for another sniff. The palate is very refined and pure. There’s not much by way of fruit here, nor is it very green, with just a light sprinkling of fresh herb over flavors of beeswax and blanched almonds. Cool and clear, this finishes with piercing acidity, and really stands out among its confreres as a Sancerre of a markedly distinct nature.
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2009 Gitton Père & Fils "Galinot" Sancerre
Review Date: 03-31-2017
Sancerre has more than one side. Most of what we sell is the fresh, bright, and green version that gets drunk up more or less immediately. The region does, however, have a more serious side, and the 2009 Galinots shows that brilliantly. Despite its bottle age, this wines best years are ahead of it. It is a white wine of noble stature, intensity, and nuance. It buries the region’s minerality underneath layers of extract, has nothing herbaceous about it, and doesn’t traffic in new oak accents, either. What’s on display here is very much what the site and its old vines bring to the table. The conundrum with wines like these is between wanting to declare your love for their beauties, and wanting to keep quiet and enjoy them for a pittance, relative to their quality, thanks to their obscurity. And so, guardedly, cautiously, then I let it slip—if you are into Grand Cru Chablis, say, you ought to know this, too. It’s that good.
Price: $56.99 Add To Cart

2015 Gut Hermannsberg Riesling Trocken Nahe (Dry)
Review Date: 03-31-2017
This leads with pomelo and fresh herb notes, before detouring into a sweetly floral aspect. With plenty of cut, this slots easily in amongst our best everyday Rieslings.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2013 Schneider Sankt Laurent Thermenregion
Review Date: 03-31-2017
This is spry, with tart acidity, yet speaks in a deep, velvety voice. Quite dry, lightly spicy, and lean, you'll be surprised when you finally find yourself caught in the dark currents of its undertow.
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2014 Boxler Chasselas Alsace
Review Date: 03-31-2017
Quite evocative, this one: it is like a crepuscular creek-side coolness, with dappled shafts of pale, pellucid golden light. Yes, I know that isn't a flavor you can necessarily perceive with your tongue, and individual mileage may vary, but I'd be surprised if this didn't transport you somewhere. There is a waxy quality here that complements the wine's minerality.
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2013 Bernhard Ott "Der Ott" Grüner Veltliner Wagram (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 03-31-2017
While the texture is voluptuous and creamy, the palate is dominated not by fruit, but warm spice and Gruner Veltliners's characteristic pepperiness. There's none of the herby-vegetal side of varietal, though, and fruit doesn't take center stage.
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VN 91

2015 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken (Dry) Mosel (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 03-31-2017
Well, this is a nice, new Trocken introduction! Wet slate, subtle apricot, and blossom notes are all elegance and seduction on this pretty, seamless Riesling. Anyone who'd hate this would probably also spit at sunsets and serve kitten kebabs.
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VN 90

2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-31-2017
Savory and supple textured, this has definitely hit its stride! There’s dry spice, bay leaf, black olive, and cassis flavors here. The fruit shows the low-key character of a mature wine, and has shed the juiciness of its youth. The tannins, while present yet, have calmed down and integrated into the wine, and the finish comes across dry and resinous. This practically screams out for something like herb crusted, rare grilled lamb.
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WE 91 - 93

2015 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Blend Western Cape
Review Date: 02-26-2017
This Rhone style red blend delivers! The nose gives up cherry and baked earth, with a floral, peppery edge. The palate boasts vibrant fruit, which gets a little hint of eucalyptus, along with a medium body, bright acidity and chalky, low-key tannins. Easily one of our best reds under ten bucks.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2017
Exceedingly well composed, the tension between the palate’s richness and the countervailing tug of acidity is judged just right. Flavor-wise, there’s some nuttiness, white berry, and waxy fruit, with a wee hint of bolete in back of it all. Texturally, it is quite fine: this is the complete package. My only nit to pick here is the under-the -radar label, but don’t let that deter you from the superlative Champagne underneath it.
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2015 Spellbound California Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-24-2017
Lemon, tangerine, toast with butter, meets warm spice and nutmeg, and a distinct savor of vanilla custard in this iteration of Spellbound. If you are hankering after a lavish style of Chardonnay at an inexpensive price point, this could be the answer to your desire!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2015 Spreitzer Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg Riesling Feinherb Rheingau
Review Date: 01-27-2017
The flavors run to anise and spice, white raspberry and citrus pith on the 2015 Englemann. The Feinherb designation expresses itself more as extra body and textural roundness, rather than off dry. There are glimmers of stone fruit and salt in addition to the spice and herb dimension.
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2014 Clos Bellane Côtes du Rhône-Villages Valréas
Review Date: 01-27-2017
A suggestion of cigar tobacco, pepper, roast herb and bay leaf compliment restrained fruit and light tannins on this approachable Rhone. Tangy, with just the right amount of weight to the palate, this savory red is a “good company” wine, by which I mean that while you may not spend much time thinking about it as you’re drinking it, it’ll still enhance everything set on the table alongside it.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 - 92

2012 Domaine Aubaï Mema Carignan "L'Insoumise" Vin de France
Review Date: 01-20-2017
There’s dusty, dark fruit with spice accents, a smidgen of black olive, medium body, and an unabashedly dry character here. I can’t remember the particular winemaker who stated it, but one once said once that Carignane only begins to show what it is capable of with significant vine age. Based on sixty-year-old vines, I think that this is coming into its prime, and showing the way Carignane is capable of making compelling varietal wine, distinct from the triumvirate of Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre it often fraternizes with.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

Bodegas Yuste "Aurora" Amontillado Sanlucar de Barrameda 500ml
Review Date: 12-30-2016
Replete with dried fig and date as much as salty, almond nuttiness, there is also something distinctly umami here that doesn’t neatly slot into any easy descriptor. The salty component is high in the mix here—you won’t find many wines that taste drier that aren’t powdered—before it finishes meaty and just a little tarry. Seems like this Amontillado took an extra degree before graduating. Neat take on the style!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2013 Schlumberger Saering Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 12-12-2016
You get the wet stone minerality here, only the stones have been moistened with petrol rather than water this time: the two scents are closely intertwined in the Saering. There's also a good dollop of quince, too. The palate offers plenty of tart citrus, salt and chive set against sweet apple and blossoms. Texturally, this is full for a dry Riesling. If this is not bone dry, you'd be hard pressed to call this puckery of a wine "sweet". Rather, it serves to underscore the flavors and buffer the considerable acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
W&S 95 WS 91

2015 Malat "Furth-Palt" Grüner Veltliner Kremstal
Review Date: 11-30-2016
Watercress, arugula, and ruby red grapefruit start things off on the nose. The wine shows a pleasing balance, juxtaposing a round mid-palate with a sneakily lip-smacking finish, and distinctly fresh and lively fruit with subdued spicy and herbal accents.
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2015 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel
Review Date: 11-25-2016
This needs air the same way that a bird does. Though for different reasons, obviously. Once the sulphur quits hogging the stage, there's a classic Mosel waiting to be discovered. Lightly sweet throughout its length and breadth, with lime and floral flavors of good intensity, this nevertheless seems to float just a few inches off the ground. The finish hits with chilly refreshment, like an inadvertent shiver. A nice Kabinett for the hear and now.

Jean Josselin "Cuvée des Jean" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-16-2016
This cuvee focuses on the fruit. That is not to say it is ripe or tropical, though; think more along the lines of crisp Asian pear and citrus peel. While clean, there is a pleasingly weighty texture here, before the underlying acidity wipes the slate, and a touch of light almond oil nuttiness, hiding in the wings, makes its presence known.
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2015 Schmelz Stein am Rain Riesling Federspiel Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Mineral, lemon, pale flowers and starfruit leads in to a round textured wine, before gradually dialing things back down to the rocky baseline. Less forceful than an Alsatian Riesling, less gossamer than German examples, this is a good example of the way Austrian Riesling balances texture in its own distinctive fashion.
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2015 Schmelz Steinriegl Riesling Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Splits the difference between wet slate, stone fruit, and sweet pea blossom. The fruit has intensity on the palate initially, but is abruptly shouldered aside by an inner citric energy, only coming back in faint, cool echoes in harmony with the minerality in the closing bars.
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2015 Schmelz Pichl Point Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau
Review Date: 11-09-2016
Celery, yellow plum, and watercress aromatics emerge from the Pichl Point with some air. Your first impression is the weight and sweetness, the Wachau leaving its card, but then it shows spice, citrus pith, and a trimmer feeling towards the end.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart

Yuu Baal Tobala Mezcal (750ml)
Review Date: 10-31-2016
If you like more than a whiff of smoke in your Mezcal, boy, have you found a new friend! This is wreathed and suffused with it. Think Islay Scotch by way of Oaxaca. On top of that, you can add salt, pine, roast chile, crispy fat, suede, jerk seasoning and parsnip. This is singular, even by the standards of the region. If you want a tipple a step out of the ordinary, this'd be a good place to start.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

2015 Laubarit Rouge, Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-31-2016
Here is a Cab you need to hail, now more than ever: where else are you going to find a delicious, balanced, certified organic/biodynamic Bordeaux red for the holidays for under eleven bucks? The nose is classic cassis accented with cracked pepper. The wine shows natural, not confected fruit, with hints of licorice-star anise and black pepper, a medium body, and light, dusty tannins. If you like your wines on the drier side, put this up against any similarly priced Bordeaux blend from anywhere else around the globe, and this'll hold its own quite nicely; that is, where it doesn't immediately trounce the competition.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

2015 Franck Millet "Insolite" Sancerre
Review Date: 10-24-2016
Millet’s vines really strut their stuff in the Insolite cuvee. You get a notably more complex array of flavors than with the basic Sancerre wed to greater richness of body. Kiwi, lemongrass, gooseberry, honeydew melon, and a kiss of guava are all there, but this is not a fruit salad. The flavors are more restrained than flamboyant, and the finish veers towards precision and minerality, with all the fruit sheared away.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2015 Robert Cantin "Les Grezes" Pinot Noir Vin de France
Review Date: 08-23-2016
I strongly encourage you to avail yourselves of this shapely Pinot Noir while you can. It is that rarest creatures—a value priced Pinot Noir that escapes being some Candy-Land ditch or being so odd that it is unidentifiable as the varietal it purports to be. Proportionate, with bright acidity, this leans to dark fruit with a loamy edge flavor-wise, and this vintage boasts a nice floral lift, too. You won’t jump out of your socks to taste it, but then there are always other bottles to turn to achieve that effect. For an everyday wine, however, it really cleans up.
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2013 Cantina Valle Isarco Sylvaner "Sabiona"
Review Date: 08-19-2016
Wet stone and lime aromas lead in to a wine with a not insignificant amount of body. There is more than enough acidity to carry the ampleness, however, and the richness is further lifted by delicate floral embellishments which show up on the finish. Very interesting and compelling take on an under-the-radar varietal.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2015 Leitz Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken Rheingau
Review Date: 08-15-2016
Leitz’s 2015 Rüdesheimer Riesling Trocken ratchets things up a notch from the producer EinZweiDrei offering, but vertically, not horizontally. It is like a dingbat of a hand, with the finger pointed towards the winery’s Grand Cru sites. If it isn’t as profound, it nevertheless anticipates those wines’ texture and structure in its firmness and self-possession. While it plays its cards close to its chest, it is not harshly austere, nor domineeringly powerful, letting slyly slip honeycomb, freesia, orange peel, gravel, ginger and hard cheese rind. Even pineapple? Well, not really, and yet this one intimates more than it will ever say—and who doesn’t love a good mystery?
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RP 90

2014 Tongue in Groove "Cabal Vineyard" Pinot Noir Waipara Valley North Canterbury
Review Date: 08-10-2016
Ripe berry fruit and rhubarb are set off by allspice and baked clay on the nose. The lusciousness of the fruit takes a back seat on the palate, thanks to abundant acidity and a dash of fine chalky tannins: it’s like the wine’s wearing spanx. The finish runs to pomegranate and blood orange. While it is tempting now, I think that this Pinot Noir’s best years are in front of it. Give it an hour in a decanter now, or three years or so on its side, to get the most from it.

2015 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 07-24-2016
There is a real sense of ease to the 2015 vintage. It has a juicier, sunnier disposition than some of the lean, stony and green Sancerres. That said, it is still recognizably of Sancerre, yielding cantaloupe, lemon and wet stone aromas, and flavors that run to powdery florality, melon, orange, tomato leaf and red jalapeno. A dusting of minerality brings up the rear, playing a subsidiary role here, as does the acidity, which, while ample enough, isn't the first and last thing you notice, instead underpinning the gently radiant, diaphanous tranquillity of the summer-ready flavors. Grab some while you can!
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2013 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 07-20-2016
I could almost see this passing as a ringer amidst a blind tasting of Vouvrays. Lemon peel, peach pie, apricot, bergamot, spice and honey waft headily from this from this rich, full-bodied white wine. While this has concentration and depth to its honey, flower and spice flavors, matching its voluptuous texture, this wine shows its pedigree in the firm, lively, cleansing finish, bowing out with echoes of spice and citrus pith and completely effacing the luxuriant, seductive first act. Quite a show!
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
W&S 92 WE 91

2012 Nicolas Idiart Blanc de Blanc Brut
Review Date: 06-27-2016
We've got big, biscuity bottles of bubbles from outside Champagne--this, however, isn't one of them. Sure, there is a whiff of toast point 'n' butter, but this is quickly bypassed, with the wine trading more on delicate, fresh fruit character. The fruit flavor is so light here, with the sort of gossamer transparency you might find in an Asian pear, that it almost seems to be heading in a floral direction, yet it pulls up short. Clean and bright, this makes a persuasive case for itself as perfect summertime refreshment.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Review Date: 06-17-2016
The golden apple and lemon tart nose pick up a prominent dried ginger spiciness. The evocation of softer flavors like pastry crust on the palate are firmed up by a greater degree of acidity than one typically finds in a Cremant, which creates the impression of the wine leaning in more of a Champagne-esque direction. Even if it doesn’t muster quite that degree of verve, layering, or richness, it is one of the best alternatives we've got!
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WE 90

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 05-29-2016
One of the most consistent questions people pose in regards to sparkling wines is: is it dry? If the answer is essentially "not really" in regards to many lower priced sparklers, with the Deligeroy Brut one can happily answer in the affirmative! Light biscuity, nutty and lemon scents are right on point, and the finish has all the snap you want from a bottle of bubbly.
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2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace
Review Date: 04-06-2016
Petrol, slate, key lime, and salt aromas set the stage for a bracing mouthful of Riesling. And it does deliver that, though not only that, as it broadens considerably in the mouth, finding a creamy texture, and a suggestion of sweetness, without ever losing sight of its coiled tension and thorough-going minerality. Apple and pear flavors mesh with spice notes, and something quinine-like, before it all ends with pin-point precision. The more supple fruit component finally echoes gently down the long, lingering finish: this really puts on quite a show!

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 03-07-2016
Light strawberry and citrus notes sally from this charming Cremant. Leaning more towards the tart than the sweet side of its personality, this is a refreshing, straightforward, easy going bottle of bubbly. And speaking of bubbles, the texture of this rose is one of the wines appealing characteristics, with an abundant mousse that yet manages to be silken and filigreed. Happily, it is also available a price that makes it perfect to open for any old reason at all.
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Pierre Paillard "Les Parcelles" Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-19-2015
This walks the line between richness and precision, and makes that balancing act look easy. The nose is an interplay of spicy, mineral notes, lemon zest, toastiness, and nuttiness, with no one element dominating. A fine mousse yields up the generosity of Brioche set against flinty, mineral flavors, with those rocky notions turning in a salty direction on the finish. I regret that we don’t have this in stock all the time, but I’m always happy that we have when we do. Those of you who already know this brut know how good it is; for those who don’t, reach for a bottle of Pailard’s brut instead of a more familiar Champagne, and you’ll find you have made a new best friend.

1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 08-31-2015
Powerful, yet without any avoirdupois, this is a terrific example of a Gran Riserva Rioja at a very reasonable price. While the fruit is softened and transformed by virtue of the lengthy barrel & bottle aging, it still has integrity and is identifiable as such, taking its place along with the leathery-earthy-spicy aspects, rather than being subsumed within them. For those of you who like aged wine, but lack the patience or the space to mature bottles yourself, this is easily one of our best bets, and bears consideration alongside our older, direct buy Bordeaux.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 03-02-2015
The Mas Codina cleaves more to the doughy-yeasty side of things, but has a light, delicate fruit character, in a citrus, tart apple vein. This definitely comes across on the dry side, and finishes clean, with a suggestion of green apple. Absolutely affordable, and well balanced, this is a great pick when you need good, inexpensive fizz!
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2005 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 02-25-2015
Roasted herb, leather, and iron meet up with salty, balsamic, caraway notions, and light shadings of toasted coconut, on the nose. Somewhat fresher than the nose might lead you to believe, the dusty fruit on the palate is still well seasoned with spice and anise. The tannins are fairly gentle, though sufficient to imagine a future for this wine: whether you hold it will be down to how patient you are! The acidity, while there, never makes its presence obvious. Great Riserva for a great price!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
JS 92

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 04-16-2014
Fresh and racy, showing crisp apple and citrus, with hints of mineral and brioche rounding out the palate, this focused and elegant Champagne is as good as--or better than--its previous incarnations, and remains a steal for the price.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

Powers & Sons 12 Year Old John's Lane Pot Still Irish Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 01-20-2014
The all pot-stilled Powers John’s Lane bottling really ratchets up the intensity and complexity from the usual run of Irish whiskies, while remaining true to type. You’d never mistake this for Bourbon, Scotch or any other style of whiskey. The nose gives up orange marmalade, yellow plum, honeysuckle, powdery vanilla, and cedar, before a duet between toasted graininess and yuzu fruit, with spice and crème brulee accents, begins on the palate. I hope we soon see more like this!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
WA 94

Lot 40 Single Copper Pot Still Canadian Rye Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 01-20-2014
Unctuous and rich, this Canadian Rye packs in an intriguing array of flavors that stays true to the character of the grain. Style-wise, it skews to the sweeter side of things, with a fat mid-palate, and a supple, seamless texture. This is definitely the best new addition to the--of recent days--rather un-crowded field of contemplative, sipping Rye Whiskeys that I've had occasion to sample.
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WE 97

James E. Pepper "1776" Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 04-29-2013
Surprisingly sweet and round, with lemon, mandarin peel, and pine contrasting toasted almond, marshmallow, and vanilla, there is a solid depth of flavor here for a two year old rye. That being said, if you plan to make a Manhattan or some similar creation, go with a lighter sweet vermouth and be chary with it. I find this works best for my palate in cocktails with just a few small additions. As an aside, it is refreshing to see that the bottle's legend freely admits to the whiskey being from sourced barrels, while the label's own distillates are coming of age.
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Old Forester 86 Proof Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 04-29-2013
Not every whiskey needs to be pondered. Sometimes, you just want something enjoyable that you can splash liberally about. For under twenty dollars, this delivers. Robust without being heavy, this Bourbon ranges from dried fruit, crème anglais, pecan and nougat, through to cinnamon, allspice, and cedar. While you could nit-pick this or that aspect, overall, I find this quite easy to enjoy just on its own, straight up. Nicely done!
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

Plymouth Navy Strength English Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 11-04-2012
It had been bruited about that such a creature as “navy strength” Plymouth gin existed, or once had, and here in the midst of the great cocktail revival, where many a long-lost dream comes true, it once more graces these shores. If you’re familiar with Plymouth gin, there are no great surprises in store for you here; which is just fine. Why mess with success? The Navy Strength bottling is simply a brawnier version of the classic Plymouth taste. When this is, for instance, mixed up simply 1:1 gin to vermouth(Noilly Prat), no garnish, as a Wondrich reprint of an early 1850's San Francisco Gibson recipe suggests, this is a fabulous drink, and one in which a standard proof just wouldn't cut it. With the Navy Stength, you can taste the gin’s presence clearly and distinctly. An excellent addition to the canon!
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Tempus Fugit Kina L'Aero D'Or Aperitif Du Quinquina (750ml)
Review Date: 10-08-2012
Does Kina l’Avion d’Or replace Lillet? Not exactly; more like compliments Lillet. While you can have a glass of Lillet all by itself, L’Avion is much too sweet for such a maneuver. The bitterness is also, correspondingly, more pronounced in the l’Avion d’Or, though it is still only moderately bitter. What is different is the scope. It would be more correct to say that it has an array of bitter flavors. When mixing, those flavors and l’Avion’s over-all robustness really stand out when you substitute this in a cocktail in place of Lillet. I think you might even find you want to adjust your proportions accordingly to take that into account. The fact that this is so clearly its own creature is to be commended, and provides plenty of room for the imagination to invent new drinks as well as showing established recipes in a different light.
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Tempus Fugit Creme de Menthe (750ml)
Review Date: 09-04-2012
I admit, I had my doubts. While a devoted fan of the sweetly aromatic, cooling smell of fresh mint, any attempt to capture that essence always seems to me to come up short. This liqueur comes about as close as I reckon you can. It doesn’t, naturally, take the place of fresh mint in cocktails; as much as it is true to the flavor, it is best considered as its own creature. It mixes splendidly, especially in gin drinks, where the juniper and the crème de menthe get together and execute a sort of cool tango on your tongue, and in a way that muddled sprigs wouldn't. So, yeah, I'm a convert: this is well worth checking this out.
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Byrrh Grand Quinquina Aperitif (750ml)
Review Date: 09-04-2012
What sort of aperitif is this? I'd liken it more to Dubonnet than sweet Vermouth, though it has a brighter, fresher berry-fruit character to Dubonnet's plush, bass heavy profile, and a more pronounced bitterness as a counterpoint. Note, though, that this is skewed more towards the sweet than the bitter, and therefore seems to me to suggest it wants dilution of some sort, whether passively by serving it over ice, or through mixing: dust off your copy of the Savoy Cocktail book for a few suggestions on how to get started if that latter course strikes your fancy.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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