Vedrenne Aperitif 'Le Birlou' (Chestnut & Apple Liqueur) 18% 700ml$61.00
The divine nectar of the Auvergne Gods which superbly blends apple and chestnut. A stunning perfume offers a merry go round of aromas from stewed apples, cinnamon, nutmeg to roast chestnut. The creamy entry leads into a sweet, concentrated profile; flavours of stewed apple, cinnamon and chestnut are delivered with an exceptionally soft, silky, very gently warming mouthfeel. The finish is clean and with appropriate acidity to avoid being overly sweet. The flavour of the apple, the mystery of the chestnut.
Dubonnet Rouge Aperitif 14.8% 750ml$34.00
From its origins with the French Foreign Legion to the legions of modern mixologists still using it today, Dubonnet Rouge Aperitif Wine has been a staple on the cocktail landscape since its introduction in 1846. Created by Parisian chemist/wine merchant Joseph Dubonnet as a means to make quinine more palatable for the soldiers battling malaria in North Africa, Dubonnet's mix of fortified wine, a proprietary blend of herbs, spices and peels, and the medicinal quinine is a recipe that has earned it legendary status in the world of sophisticated drinks. Delicious on the rocks or in a Negroni as your sweet vermouth.
Distillerie et Domaines de Provence 'Rinquinquin a la Peche' (Peach) Aperitif 15% 750ml$48.99
An unusual blend of Vallée de la Durance peaches, peachtree leaves gathered in autumn, cane sugar and Lubéron white wine, RinQuinQuin is the Provençal aperitif par excellence! If you love flavoured aperitifs and are looking for a taste of Provençal sunshine, then you'll love RinQuinQuin. RinQuinQuin can also be drunk with foie gras and is a pleasantly fruity partner to your desserts. It goes particularly well with fresh fruit salad. Add tonic (1 part RinQuinQuin to 5 parts tonic) for a long refreshing summer afternoon drink. How do you drink it? The RinQuinQuin aperitif is drunk neat, cold, possibly with ice cubes. Tasting Notes: Colour: The colour of Rinquinquin is yellow with golden highlights. Its appearance is clear and brilliant. Nose: Its nose is intense on the peach flesh with a lemony, citrus note. Its freshness, from peach leaves, is given by a vegetal note. Palate: On the tongue, its peach aromas give it a very powerful sweet, fruity flavour. The taste is intense, pleasant, and rich on the peach and English candy. Rinquinquin is a light, fresh aperitif, with a round taste. Storage: Ideally away from light in a dry place with a stable temperature, between 10 and 20°C. After opening: it can be kept cold for several months. The product may show some signs of ageing or oxidation, which does not necessarily change the quality of this aperitif. For more Aperitifs, CLICK HERE
Distillerie et Domaines de Provence 'Gentiane de Lure' (Gentian) Aperitif 16% 750ml$53.00
Gentiane de Lure is one of the two oldest Distilleries et Domaines de Provence recipes. It's an aperitif made from Lubéron white wine, sweet fortified wine, alcohol, sugar, infusion and extracts of gentian roots, infusion of sweet and bitter oranges and a quinquina infusion.It has a gentle bitterness and the true root flavours and aromas of Provence. One of the oldest Distilleries et Domaine de Provence aperitifs, Gentiane de Lure is made for connoisseurs of gentian and lovers of all things bitter. Tasting Notes: Colour: The colour of Gentiane de Lure is accentuated, yellow with aged gold reflections. Nose: The vegetal nose of gentian roots is complicated by a citrus note as well as forest undergrowth and spice, which can be reminiscent of curry. Palate: In the mouth, the attack is fresh on the citrus, the end is more bitter on the gentian. The mouth intensity is powerful with a bitter and tonic taste. The product's taste lingers for a while.
Vedrenne-Terres Rouge Aperitif Figue (Fig) 17% 700ml$53.00
Made by macerating figs that have slowly dried in the sun, le Figue reveals the deep and round flavours of this sunny fruit. Perfect as a pre-dinner drink, in a cocktail or used in cooking. Refrigerate before and after opening. Tasting Notes: Nose: A nice note of fresh fig. Palate: All the intensity of the fresh fig. SHOP MORE APERITIF'S HERE
Maurin Quina Le Puy Aperitif 16% 1000ml$62.00
With its exquisite red colour, Maurin Quina le puy is a svelte, opulent mix of white wine, wild cherries, cinchona bark (quinine), lemon and cherry juice. Once you see how satisfied the smirking green, mischievous demon on the bottle is after he procured a bottle of Maurin, you will want to try it too. The flavours articulate with dawdling finesse revealing fruit (wild berry, lemon) and floral nuances that resolve with a solid, tart display of bitter, earthy floral tones. This finish lingers excellently restating the flavours and leaving your palate eager for more. Try this chilled, on ice, with soda and a twist or in a wonderful cocktail. Tasty all year round. For more Apertifs, click HERE
Distillerie et Domaines de Provence 'Orange Colombo' (Orange) Aperitif 15% 750ml$53.00
An infusion of sweet and bitter oranges, lubéron rosé wine, quinquina infusion, curaçao spirit, natural orange flavouring, cane sugar and alcohol. It’s a clever infusion of all these ingredients which gives Orange Colombo its unique flavour. Tasting Notes: Colour: The colour of Orange Colombo depends greatly on that of the rosé wine from which it is made. Its appearance may go from an orange-pink to a light raspberry tint. Nose: On the nose, the first notes are more on the orange rind, with a fruitier note of mandarin. The spicy aromas of mulled wine are also found. Palate: The tastes on the palate are shared between the fruity orange flavour and a more vegetal zest note. The balance between the sugar content and acidity make Orange Colombo a very refreshing aperitif. Its taste lingering on the orange zest is strengthened by the bitterness in the final note. The perfect aperitif for those who love drinks with bitter or spicy flavours. Orange Colombo also goes very well with all dark chocolate cakes.
Byrrh Aperitif 18% 750ml$39.00 $42.50
Byrrh Grand Quinquina is made to the original late-19th century recipe that earned worldwide fame and inspired fifty years of evocative poster art. Byrrh combines a generous, port-like wine and mistelle base with a firm backbone of natural quinine to produce a fruity, refreshing aperitif by itself, with tonic and a twist, or paired with blue cheese. In cocktails, Byrrh mixes well with vodka, gin, cognac, tequila, Irish whiskey, and grapefruit. Delicious in a Negroni as your sweet vermouth.
St Raphael Red (Rouge) Quina 18% 750ml$33.00
The intense and distinguished Quina Red is a subtle combination of plants and spices, dominated by cocoa. On the palate, huge vinosity gives the attack a sensation of power perfectly balanced by sweetness and the well-structured tannins provided by the quinquina bark and Colombo. The aromatic complexity peaks in notes of orange peel, chocolate and vanilla. Tasting Notes: The sweetness of the bouquet is immediately apparent on the first nosing, with cocoa, vanilla and caramel all expressing their warmth This impression is confirmed on the palate with a very smooth attack. The tannins are subtle are underscored by notes of orange peel. The long finish leaves a velvety feel on the palate.
Salers Liqueur de Gentiane (Gentian) 16% 1000ml$67.00
Created by Alfred Labounoux in 1885, the Salers Gentian recipe is made from gentian roots cultivated in sustainable agriculture. After distillations and macerations, the distillate is placed in oak barrels for more than 3 years. Perfect in a Negroni! Tasting Notes: Nose: Elegant and typical of gentian with notes of the soil. Palate: All the typicality of gentian on the palate.
Bertrand Amer Biere (Bitter orange) Aperitif 15% 1000ml$73.00
Based on gentian and quinine (from the bark of the Cinchona tree), this is a fabulous sweet-bitter concoction with a strong and attractive orange flavour. It tastes terrific simply served on the rocks as an aperitif but it’s real ‘raison d’être’ is its marriage with beer. It is traditional in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland to pour a nip of Amer Bière into a glass of beer and enjoy the resulting taste sensation. You should try it, you might love it as much as I do! (Warning: it’s really addictive)
Dolin Aperitif a la Fraise 'Chamberyzette' (Strawberry & Vermouth Dry) 16% 700ml$45.00
Created in the 19th century, Chamberyzette is an aperitif made from dry vermouth infused with alpine strawberries. Still made in small quantities and drunk chilled, its light, fresh, not-too-sweet and perfect as a summer aperitif. Tasting Notes: Aroma: Subdued. Ripe fresh strawberry and strawberry jelly with faint herbal scents. Taste: Mildly bittersweet and vermouth like with herbal notes beautifully balancing rich but subtle strawberry.
Don Guido Sherry Aperitif Pedro Ximenez Solera Special 20 years 18% 500ml$115.00
Definition: In EEC terms, Quality Liquor Wine Produced in a Specific Region, (VLCPRD, CE Nº 479/2008 Del Consejo de 29 de Abril de 2008); in Spain, fortified liquor wine with the Quality Demarcation Jerez – Xérès – Sherry and indication of age: VOS with 12 years of maturing and ageing. Very sweet. Type of grape: Pedro Ximénez Vineyards: Jerez Superior. Pago Balbaína Alcohol content: 18% Alc/Vol. Type of grape: Pedro Ximénez Sherry Sugar content: 380 g/l Production: Grapes dried under the sun for 15 days in the drying yards. Must at high pressure in special presses, immediately fortified at 9º C. It is then decanted and filtered after the first cold treatment. Later it is fortified again until it reaches 18 º C, after which it undergoes physical-chemical ageing in the Criaderas y Soleras system for at least 20 years. Tasting notes: Dense, mahogany-black and slightly viscous. Characteristic Pedro Ximénez, raisin and fig aromas with round, underlying balsamic notes. Low acidity, almost syrupy sweet and with a long finish that leaves the sweetness and aromas in your mouth and nose for a long time. Suggestions for consumption: A magnificent dessert wine and always a pleasure to sip away at. Essential in stylish cuisine.
Gambetta Non-Alcoholic Bitter Aperitif 750ml$25.00
Gambetta Bitter has been relatively recently created and with a lovely red colour and a delicate bitterness and is very close to its famous alcoholic equivalent. Amazing in Spritzes, Americanos, Negronis, etc. Made by the plant maceration (tangerine, gentian etc), plant barks, plant essences, colouring, sugar, bitter extract and citric acid.
Distilleries et Domaines de Provence Noix de la Saint Jean (Walnut) Aperitif 15% 750ml$53.00
Noix de la St Jean, quite simply a flavour explosion. Noix de St Jean owes its name to the very ingredient that makes it unique: the best Dauphine green walnuts gathered at optimum maturity. On St-Jean (St Jean's Day). The infusion of green nuts is obtained by maceration of fresh nuts (with stain) collected according to the tradition on St. John's day. The nuts are crushed in an old arm crusher then placed to macerate in a mixture of wine and alcohol for 6 to 12 days in order to extract all of the aromatic parts of the fruit. A maceration of the stain of dry nuts also is made. A maceration of spices (cinnamon, cloves, peppers, nutmeg) is made fifteen days before the final product is created. When these macerations end, we draw out the infusions: green nut infusion, nut stain infusion and infusion of aromatics to add them to our aperitif. The fruit or spices, still penetrated with alcohol and flavours, are distilled in our still in order to remove the spirit. Suggestions: The Noix de la St. Jean aperitif is drunk neat, cold without ice. Noix de la St. Jean goes very well with melon and fermented cheeses such as Roquefort, Blues, Stilton, and Fourme d'Ambert. Noix de la St. Jean also goes extremely well with all desserts based on nuts. Tasting Notes: Colour: The colour of Noix de la St. Jean when it is made is somewhat dark red like the wine from which it is made. Over time, the appearance becomes an almost brown, terra cotta colour. Nose: On the nose, the dominant aroma is walnuts completed by a more spicy note of spice bread and dried fruit. Palate: On the palate, the aromas of this aperitif are marked by the walnut and nut stain subtly flattered by a spicy note of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Noix de la Saint-Jean is well balanced between acidity and sugars with a good volume on the palate. The astringency of this nut gives this aperitif a good lingering flavour. Its tannins are fine and not very dry at the finish.
Dolin Aperitif 'Bonal' a la Gentiane et Quinquina 16% 750ml$37.00
Mistelle (partially fermented grape juice, added alcohol) is infused with quinine, sweet potato and other ingredients found in the area around the Grand Chartreuse Mountains. Golden mahogany appearance. Good intensity, a touch of flower, quinine, citrus fruit and herbs. Balances sweetness touch of blood orange peel, black currant, quinine, herbs and a fine bitterness.