Friday, September 30, 2011


Clear with a pure, platinum sheen, Familia Camarena 100% Blue Agave Silver Tequila shows notes of rich toasted agave and fresh green herbs. Exceptionally soft and smooth on the palate, our Silver Tequila exhibits hints of sweet vanilla, savory brown spices and black pepper with a graceful, warming finish.

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Touché is the wine distillate obtained, thought a slow and patient distillation in bain-marie pot still, from the best batches of the precious Ruché Wine. This is an autochthonous grape variety from Castagnole Monferrato (a small country in the low Monferrato) which is produced in a really limited quantities and only is this area. The distillate which derives from its distillation is so particular and full of scents which no aging is required to enrich its bouquet.

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Courvoisier VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) is an elegant and sensual blend of cognacs up to 10 years old from two of the finest crus in the Cognac region. It’s been expertly crafted using a minimum of 50% Grande Champagne grapes blended exclusively with Petite Champagne grapes, entitling it to carry the prestigious ‘Fine Champagne’ designation.
“Tender, subtle and elegant, with floral tasting and notes of vanilla.”

Patrice Pinet, Master Blender

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This is a blend of Armagnac aged for a minimun of 7-14 years (the average is of only 4 years as it is the mimimum required by law to be called VSOP). The white wines come from the two regions of appellation contrôlée : Bas Armagnac and Tenarèze and are distilled using both the double distillation method (80%) and the single distillation (20%). The ‘eaux-de-vie’ are then aged separately mostly in Limousin oak casks and are blended together before bottling.

Aromas of plums with strong notes of vanilla. Well structured taste, very soft, with vanilla and liquorice. Good persistence and finish of dry prunes. An elegant Armagnac ideally served at the end of a meal in a a large glass.

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The Number 1 Rum In The world! (in class) Double Gold Winner San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2004. Classico is crafted from select rums aged in New World oak, then solera aged for 10 years. It possesses distinctive quality and exceptional smoothness that enhances the flavour of any cocktail. Classico is exotic, magical and powerful.

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Audace means "bold and brave" as this grape distillate actually is. By blending and distilling in bain-marie our arefully selected grape musts, we obtain a really fine distillate which, though extremely complex, is fruity and "easy to drink". Totally unexpected for a grape distillate. This masterpiece comes from a long mellowing in oak barrels: the result is something really new, which mixes scents coming from grapes and woods: new, yet already unforgettable.

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Camus Extra Elegance is a multiple award-winning cognac on the international stage and the perfect embodiment of Camus’ reputation for excellence in taste and design. Recently created, this great cognac is a delight for all senses, from the pure transparency of the decanter to the reassuring weight of the metal stopper, from the sound of the pouring cognac to the exquisite aromas as it swirls in the glass.

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The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011


Martell V.S.O.P Medaillon (Very Superior Old Pale) is smooth and mellow, its fullness holds up well to ice or mixing. The label bears a gold medallion engraved with the portrait of Louis XIV, in the last year of whose reign (1715) Martell was founded. It is golden amber in color with aromas of light grape, some wood, and a touch of vanilla. It tastes smooth and mellow with some complexity. Dry fruit, full, with a hint of sweetness and good length.

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In 1870, more than a century after it was founded, the house of Hennessy released the first X.O cognac, a delicate and masterful spirit that earned as much critical success as an export as it did on the Continent. Now over 130 years later, Hennessy X.O Cognac remains one of the world’s most acclaimed and prestigious spirits.

This magnificent cognac is an assemblage comprised of more than 100 eaux-de-vie principally from Grande and Petite Champagne regions, with lesser percentages obtained from the other primary appellations. The constituent elements are aged up to fifty years in seasoned Limousin oak barrels and receive further aging after blending to allow the cognacs in the assemblage to fully integrate.

The Hennessy X.O is a full and supremely elegant cognac. It has a deep mahogany hue and a creamy, velvety textured body. The bouquet is lively and grows with each passing minute, offering aromas of ripe plums, figs, chocolate and a bevy of spices. The cognac washes over the palate with the robust flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, pears and black pepper. The finish is first class—long and flavorful.

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Courvoisier VS (Very Special) is a mouth-watering blend of cognacs aged for between four and eight years. Grapes from the Fins Bois and Petite Champagne crus give complex fruity notes, richness and depth unmatched by any other VS on the market.
“An elegant and harmonious cognac with strong notes of fresh fruit and a fresh oaky taste.”

Patrice Pinet, Master Blender

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Obtained from "Ruchè", a particular grape variety from the Castagnole Monferrato district, this Grappa, which is available in extremely limited quantities, has a precious, extremely particular taste which is especially apprecciated by connoisseurs. 43% 70 cl Olfactory evaluation: intense, persistent, aromatic. Gustative evaluation: dry, jet pervaded by aromatic floral (rose and violet) and frity scents.

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A blend produced exclusively from Grande Champagne, the first cognac growth, and aged for many long years, reveals a remarkably delicate elegance.

Its bouquet is characterised by the powerfulness and length of the intensely floral aromas, backed by the distinctive vanilla of its rancio. Its mellow roundness on the palate blossoms into a full-bodied fruitiness, with a slight, harmonious hint of liquorice. Pale & Dry X.O comes draped in extremely bright, light amber robes, clear and shot through with flashes of gold, that subsequently reveal its remarkably delicate elegance and distinction.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Noilly Prat known as 'the Rolls Royce of vermouths', is recognised by barmen all over the world as a premium cocktail ingredient. The characteristic taste of Noilly Prat is attributable to the blend of white wines, fruit essences, herbs and spices. When combined with oak ageing, the result is a truly excellent dry vermouth.

In 1813, Joseph Noilly created the first recipe for dry French vermouth. To this day, the process has remained unchanged. Still produced in the South of France, the white wines are matured for eight months in large oak casks. Then, in a unique open air process, they are transferred to smaller oak barrels, where for 12 months they are subjected to the elements and take on a deep amber colour.

The white wines are then brought back indoors for blending. The fruit essences, including raspberry and lemon, are incorporated, before twenty different herbs and spices are added. These botanicals gradually impart their flavour to the wine to create the delicate flavour of Noilly Prat Dry.

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Presented in a unique bottle decorated with a black panther, the Meukow VS is one of the
most beautiful VS-bottles on the market!
Meukow VS Cognac offers much higher distinctive tasting qualities than the average VS. Lots of tones of vanilla flavor due to the aging in oak barrels are noticeable.

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Monday, September 26, 2011


Southern Comfort (often abbreviated in English to SoCo) is a fruit, spice and whiskey [1] flavored American liqueur made from neutral spirits and produced since 1874, though not continuously and not always by the modern formula. The brand was created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron in New Orleans, when he wanted to make a better tasting whiskey. The Brown-Forman Corporation owns the Southern Comfort brand.

35% Abv- 70 proof

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Made by Remy Cointreau, Passoa is made with passionfruit juice and citrus. Like other liqueurs, it is sweet and viscous. However where Passoa stands out is the alcohol content. At just 20%, it lacks the burn and harshness that can haunt other liqueurs. It's incredibly smooth and fruity. Can be enjoyed equally as either a shooter or mixed with other beverages.

Its delicious taste is enjoyed the world over, being the no 1 liqueur in Puerto Rico, no 2 in Holland and no3 in Belgium.

20% Abv- 40 proof

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Sunday, September 25, 2011


Fine Champagne Cognac 85% Grande Champagne, 15% Petite Champagne. Contains particularly longer aged eaux-de-vie which are 10 to 37 years old. Tasting Note: More richness of flavours. More smoothness. Unique velvet texture. Memorable taste that lingers longer on the palate. Flavour: Delicate jasmine and iris Aromatic Hear: Ripe fig, candied orange and juicy prune Base Notes: Freshly grated cinnamon and oven-baked brioche. The true pleasure of a superior aromatic richness. The taste of excellence. Rémy Martin XO Excellence, the Best of XO, stands out for its texture, complexity and richness, with more smoothness and perfect balance. This superb cognac is for those who demand and enjoy the best in life. This Fine Champagne Cognac has been blended with a symphony of more than 300 eaux-de-vie which are from 10 to 37 years old thereby leading to a myriad of aromas, a unique velvet texture and a longer finish. To vary the pleasure and savour its unique aromas and richness, try it neat, on the rocks or with fine foods; foie gras, chocolate desserts, sweet steamed dumplings.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Jack Daniel's Silver Select Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey returns to the simplest days of the distiller's art when whiskey was crafted and sold by the barrel, each with its own individual taste.  
Each barrel of this select whiskey is aged in a unique location within the warehouse where the whiskey's colour and taste mature in extra measure.  
Because Silver Select is a single barrel whiskey, bottles drawn from individual barrels offer subtle differences in nose, colour and taste.
To mark its distinctive character, each bottle is hand-labelled with it's rick and barrel number and it's individual bottling date.  
It is a single barrel with a singular taste that could only be crafted by the Jack Daniel Distillery.

50% abv- 100 proof

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'9 Lives' is an Old Tom gin, which is a style of gin that was particularly popular in the 18th Century and the Gin of Choice in the 19th Century. Today, it is making a bit of a comeback as it can be used to recreate classic gin cocktails more authentically. The name 'Old Tom' comes from what was perhaps the first example of a drinking fountain - a painted sign of a cat in the window of a pub, which declared the message that gin could be purchased 'by the cat'. Gin could be received via a lead pipe under the cat's paw. The name '9 Lives' harks back to this intriguing aspect of the history of gin. The gin is bottled and distilled in London, so I have used Clarendon, which is English, for the main typeface on the label and for the logo."


Familia Camarena Tequila Reposado is 100% Blue Agave sourced from the Los Altos Highlands region of Jalisco, and distilled at Casa Camarena. This Reposado is aged for 2 months in both new and used American oak.

Fine Tequila doesn't happen by chance. For the Camarena Family, Tequila is a legend more than a century in the making.

In 1860, the Camarenas began cultivating fine altos Blue Agave for Tequila, soon becoming one of Mexico's top producers. Today, the family grows more than 3 million Agave plants, some at an altitude of 7,700 feet in the world's highest Agave fields. The fortuitous combination of elevation, a temperate growing cycle and indigenous red earth in Jalisco's highland region translates to delicate flavor and character in each bottle of Familia Camarena Tequila.

By 1938, Don Agustin Camarena founded the family's first Tequila distillery, Casa Tequilera Casco Viejo (soon to be renamed Casa Camarena), in the town of Arandas. Decades later, Don Agustin's daughter-in-law, Doña Elena Herrera Orendain - the great, great granddaughter of the legendary Don Jose Cuervo - became Managing Director of Casa Tequilera Casco Viejo in 1970. Today, Doña Elena is the Camarena Family matriarch and Casa Tequilera Casco Viejo is among the world's top four Tequila distilleries by volume.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

LUCID Absinthe

Lucid is formulated by world renowned absinthe expert T.A. Breaux, and is distilled in strict accordance to traditional French methods. lucid is crafted in the historic Combier distillery, founded in 1834 and designed by Gustave Eiffel in the fabled Loire Valley of France. Each bottle of lucid is carefully prepared by skilled craftsmen, using ancient copper absinthe alembics. Unlike most contemporary imitators, lucid is distilled entirely from spirits and European herbs, and uses no artificial additives, oils, or dyes. lucid recalls the rich tradition of Absinthe, and is crafted using a full measure of Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Green Anise, Sweet Fennel, and other fine European herbs traditionally used in making fine Belle Époque absinthe.

In accordance with the views of absinthe experts in Europe and the U.S., a genuine absinthe is always distilled directly from a mixture of whole herbs in alcohol, which should be a neutral spirit of agricultural origin. It should never be cold mixed from industrial extracts or steam distilled essences or oils. To be true to tradition, the herbs must include Grande Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium), as well as European green anise and sweet fennel, and can include other culinary herbs. An authentic absinthe vert receives its traditional green color directly from the whole herbs, and should never be colored with artificial colorants or chemicals (e.g., FD&C dyes). Genuine absinthe should never contain sugar as bottled, so it should not be classified as a Liqueur. Finally, a quality, genuine French absinthe will always contain a higher concentration of alcohol to preserve its herbal content and natural green color, 60-72% being typical.

Lucid contains a full measure of Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). By contrast, many other products with a claimed relationship to absinthe only contain Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum – sometimes referred to as Southern Wormwood). Southernwood bears little resemblance to Grande Wormwood and has a completely different flavor and chemistry. Genuine absinthe, such as the absinthe made during the Belle Époque period in France, has always been made with Grande Wormwood as a key ingredient. In fact, the word “absinthe” itself is derived from the scientific name for Grande Wormwood – Artemisia absinthium.

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ABSENTE Absinthe


There was once no spirit more notorious than Absinthe. The so-called "Green Muse" was at the height of fashion with the café society of Paris during the early 20th century. Famous artists, writers and poets such as Hemingway, Picasso, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde all indulged in Absinthe until its production was banned in 1915. With the introduction of Absente, Absinthe Refined, a new era of enlightenment beckons.  

The liqueur is distilled in France by Destilleries et Domaines de Provence from a maceration of botanicals. Absente derives its brilliant color and seductive flavor from a botanical mix that includes star anise, angelica, peppermint and wormwood; not the grande variety causing the initial ban, but with a less bitter and decidedly safer Southern wormwood, known as "petite Absinthe." The liqueur is bottled at 110-proof.

Absente, Absinthe Refined is breathtaking. It has a captivating green color and broad bouquet of spicy herbal treats. The dazzling array of aromas is worth the trip alone. The liqueur's initial entry is strong, sizzling and predominantly spicy. The dry anise and mint flavors gradually begin to move forward, remaining on the palate long after the more delicate nuances have faded. Absente is complex and elegant, a classic in the making.

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fenom Modern Absinthe


"fenom (from phenomenon) is the first modern absinthe delicately refined to surpass twenty-first century taste-makers’ desires. Smooth and lightly aromatic, fenom is authentically hand crafted from traditional herbs including grand wormwood by one of France’s few remaining absinthe experts.  

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fenom strays from the perceptions of traditional absinthes and presents a fresh, smooth that is lightly aromatic with subtle herbal undertones, a dramatic departure from the liquors’ typically overwhelming bold flavor. Its lower alcohol content (80 proof/40 percent) and clear consistency lends to an increased level of drinkability, helping to cement its position as a liquor of choice for bottle service, chilled shots and mixed drinks.

With only 63 calories per ounce, the formula is intended to be enjoyed without the addition of water and sugar, although it can be combined with mixers that are typically blended with other liquors like vodka and tequila.

fenom is handcrafted and distilled at a family-owned facility located in Fougerolles, France, that has produced authentic absinthes for more than 100 years. All natural ingredients, including wormwood, fennel, anise, gentian and mugwort are blended together with natural spring water from the Vosges Mountains using a traditional method of manufactur

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La Maison Fontaine® is an ultra premium artisan Absinthe handcrafted amongst the beautiful Jura Mountains in Pontarlier France a place renowned for its Absinthe history.

La Maison Fontaine® was awarded a GOLD MEDAL and was BEST IN CLASS 2010 at the IWSC. In the words of the Judges: “Outstanding example; Setting the standard….delightful and invigorating”.
Whether savoured with iced water slowly dripped from an Absinthe fountain, or mixed in one of our unique cocktails to enjoy with friends, we think you will discover one of the Finest French Absinthes ever created.

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Belvedere`s taste profile features a subtle sweetness and smooth, clean finish that only comes from using 100% Dankowskie Gold Rye as the single-grain ingredient. Belvedere Vodka hails from the small town of Zyrardów in the Mazovian plains west of Warsaw, Poland. Following traditions dating back over 600 years, Belvedere is handcrafted in small batches to ensure superior quality meeting only the highest of standards. Belvedere is distilled four times, the optimum number for enhancing its unique, subtle character. If a taste sampling shows even a hint of imbalance, the entire batch is destroyed. First introduced to North America in 1996, Belvedere single-handedly created the luxury vodka segment (now the fastest-growing category in distilled spirits). Seven years later, Belvedere`s high character and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally. Consumer demand continues to increase at an accelerated pace, and worldwide recognition of the brand is at an all-time high. As Poland is widely recognized as the birthplace of vodka, it is fitting that Belvedere is named after the Belvedere Palace, formerly home to Polish royalty and presidents. Today, Belvedere Vodka offers a luxury experience to a broad international audience of vodka enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

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Pisco WAQAR is the result of a careful process in which innovation and tradition are combined. The wine, especially elaborated for this pisco, derives from hand-picked harvesting of Muscat grapes that grow in century-old vineyards. Combined with the terroir from Tulahuén, an ancient town at the foothill of the Andes Mountains in the northern region of Chile, these grapes have given fame and recognition to Chilean wines and pisco.
The quality of Pisco WAQAR lies in a family distillation culture which has been handed down from father to son, for over five generations.

We have used state-of-the-art technology and small-batch processing to allow more control over the final product. In this way, what you have in your hands is a unique hand-made pisco, natural and aromatic, with no chemical components.

Small batches of pisco WAQAR are distilled in Tulahuén under the supervision of the distillation master, who, guided by his experience and sense of pisco flow, controls the fire that gently embraces the big copper cauldron on its clay oven. This allows for the gradual evaporation of the wine. Height above sea level facilitates the evaporation of wine components using milder temperatures, while the cold water from the cordillera maintain the gradual depuration of positive wine aromas, collecting only alcohol´s 47%, only the heart of the wine.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011


“Many single malt Scotch whiskies distinguish between their expressions with an age statement, rightly proud of the long maturation their distillates have undergone.At Balblair we have pursued a Vintage statement by which to differentiate our various expressions. In doing so, we take a complementary approach between age itself and the fundamental character of the spirit that is Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The ageing process plays a significant role in the maturation of fine single malt Scotch whiskies. The interaction of the spirit with the oak barrels and the environment in which they are matured is fundamental to the character of the final distillate. However, over and above this, is the character of the spirit itself.Every distillery is different. Its location. Its water source. Its still shape. Its wood policy. In fact, there are a myriad of variables. With Balblair we go one step further. Our Vintage whiskies are hand-picked, specially selected ‘years’ that represent the very best whisky the distillery has to offer.
Every year our Distillery Manager, John MacDonald selects only those whiskies that have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation’, the absolute peak of perfection.The casks not selected, are simply not chosen because they have not yet reached their absolute best. They are left to quietly mature further in our warehouse.In certain cases these Vintage releases may demonstrate pure Balblair characteristics, whilst others may highlight the effects that a single cask can have on this character.”- Balblair

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 Gin Mare is produced in a small fishing village on the Costa Dorada in Spain using botanicals all sourced within the Mediterranean area. Alongside ‘traditional’ botanicals juniper, bitter orange peel, seville orange peel, lemon peel, cardamon, and coriander seed there are four that are not quite so common; Arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme. All the botanicals except the citrus are macerated individually for 24-36hrs in neutral grain alcohol, before being distilled in a copper pot still, again individually. The three citrus botanicals are macerated as fresh peels in neutral grain alcohol for a whopping 300 days before distillation. It’s not until all the botanicals have been distilled individually that they finally get to meet one another in the blending process.

The four ‘Mediterranean’ botanicals are evident immediately upon nosing this gin, with the rosemary in particular standing out. However, the juniper is still playing a starring role and is complemented rather than dominated by the other botanicals. There is a lightness created by the citrus and basil with a savoury olive undertone that brings back memories of hot holidays abroad. The savoury, herbal elements are immediately evident when tasting neat, with the rosemary again taking centre stage alongside the classic juniper backbone. There is no denying this is a gin, and even hardened gin purists will be happy to accept this product into the category. There is a good depth of flavour and a lingering olive and thyme finish that certainly gets the appetite going. Admittedly, there is a mild burn to this gin, but definitely not enough to put me off mixing with it

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"Firelit. It all starts with a flame. The roasting of our beans. The distillation of the brandy. But what follows makes all the difference in the world… Within minutes of being hand-roasted, the small batches of single-origin beans are cold brewed-it’s how we capture the rich character and fresh aroma of our highest quality coffee. For every step of this process, Firelit sources the finest natural ingredients possible to produce an artisanal liqueur that is authentic, stunning, and delicious. Every time."

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Oronoco is a distinctive rum imported from Brazil that challenges traditional notions of rum. The package communicates Brazilian provenance through the map design embossed in leather. The slender bottle shape and cap design communicates masculinity in the premium rum category. The most innovative feature of the package is the embossed leather wrap. The technical challenge was to find the correct type of material as well as an adhesion method.

BULLE Nº 1 Cider

Bulle Nº 1 is La Face Cachée’s very first sparkling cider. This bubbly and hip cider links culture and hospitality-here and now. Bulle Nº 1 releases tiny bubbles and features a subtle fresh apple bouquet and a distinctly forthright structure and mouth feel. Served young and well chilled (6°C), it is the perfect aperitif. Tease the tiny bubbles with a hint of Neige apple ice wine and transform this sparkling cider into a Bulle de Neige snowballcocktail!