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#1 Boilerfood

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 10:11 PM

Being from the midwest, and a strict LCB state, I have been on year long searches for things such as Lemon Hart 151 (I realize it was killed, and is now being revived...maybe) and Laird's Bonded. Mozart Dry also came to mind as something I read rave reviews about, but have never seen before. I have decided that anytime I actually do come across these, they are automatic buys. What have you been hunting for?

#2 Ian McCarthy

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:15 PM

Amer Picon and Suze.

#3 weinoo

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 05:00 AM

johnder's Stagg supply. Click.
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#4 Boilerfood

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:17 AM

johnder's Stagg supply. Click.



I would take johnder's supply of anything.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:39 AM

For some reason, high-proof Cognac, i.e. Force 53, is unavailable in New York City as far as I've found.

Of course, barrel-aged peach brandy, too. I have the Kutchan but I have to order it from K&L Wines in California, which requires a signature for delivery, which is a pain.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 07:24 PM

Whitley Neill gin, where have you gone? This was my fave at Astor Center's gin tasting a few years back.

50 ml bottles of Creme Yvette -- seriously, I like an Aviation as much as the next drinker, but not $42 much. St. Germain got with it, why can't Mr. Cooper help us out on this one, too?

Second on the peach brandy, by the way.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 08:39 PM

A good selection of interesting sherries - manzanillas, finos, old olorosos, palo cortados and not just the ones from the huge makers, sitting there gathering dust among the creams and pedro ximenez.

It's embarrassing what a tiny selection of sherries is available in this country compared to Europe.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:23 AM

50 ml bottles of Creme Yvette


This is a splendid idea. I wonder if the 50ml St Germains work to get you to buy a 750ml, but the 50ml of Creme Yvette might simply be a year's supply for some of us.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:02 PM


50 ml bottles of Creme Yvette


This is a splendid idea. I wonder if the 50ml St Germains work to get you to buy a 750ml, but the 50ml of Creme Yvette might simply be a year's supply for some of us.


It did for me. I got the 50mL because of the hype, but couldnt bring myself to buy the 750. Needless to say, I was back the next day to get the big one :biggrin:

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:37 PM

Bruichladdich. At least, can't find an affordable bottle.
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#11 Paulo Freitas

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:17 AM

It may sound dumb... but **ANY** Rye whiskey... nowhere to find in Brazil
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:51 AM

Many things are hard to find up here. High on my list is Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old Family Reserve.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:35 AM

Sambucca Ramazotti. How I miss that stuff.

#14 EvergreenDan

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:32 AM

Sambucca Ramazotti. How I miss that stuff.

Interesting. Is it different from other Sambucci (if that's the word)?
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#15 Luke

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 05:52 AM

Actually, it is "Ramazzotti" I left out one "z"

Yes - It is different. Very smooth. A very nice (but not spicy) finish which highlights the Anise flavour. Not a harsh alcoholic after-burn.

Molinari is the only other decent Sambucca available, which is good, but spicier than Ramazzotti.

#16 rlibkind

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:54 PM

Beyond Aalborg and Linie its difficult to find the many of the fine Scandinavian aquavits. I'm craving Simmers Taffel and Gilde from Norway. During my month in Norway last summer I had a different one every night.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 02:12 PM

Sambucca Ramazotti. How I miss that stuff.


I've seen it for sale at Amato's here in Sydney, quite recently too. I'm sure it's gettable in Melbourne, maybe ask around some of the Italian specialty shops? Let me know if you don't have any luck and are really keen, I can ask around some of my more liquored-up friends down there. :wink:

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#18 Luke

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:54 AM

Taa muchly RRO!

I have sourced it in Sydney, but not at any of the majors in Melbourne.

Will try contacting a few specialised locals....

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:21 PM

So have there been any Suze sightings yet in the States? I've read it's coming back.

#20 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:34 PM

It may sound dumb... but **ANY** Rye whiskey... nowhere to find in Brazil


Seconded for Ecuador! I miss my Canadian Club..... Maybe my Auntie will be very kind and bring me a bottle when she visits this October....
(hope hope hope...)

Also any single-malt Scotch whiskey, but particularly Oban 12.
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#21 mkayahara

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:59 PM


It may sound dumb... but **ANY** Rye whiskey... nowhere to find in Brazil


Seconded for Ecuador! I miss my Canadian Club.....

Of course, Canadian Club isn't rye whiskey... :wink:
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#22 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:07 PM

Those were two separate statements, actually.

ETA - however, CC is primarily a Rye based whiskey with a bit of corn and barley in it to give it character, at least according to the Wikipedia.....

Edited by Panaderia Canadiense, 16 January 2012 - 02:11 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Oh, there's definitely rye in it, but from what I understand, most of their bottlings are primarily corn, with some rye and barley for character. Either way, I'm sure that doesn't stop you from missing it!

ETA: Er... "some rye and barley for the character of those grains," I mean. Corn can have plenty of character all on its own.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

Crème de Rose (such as Crispin's made at Germain Robin's distillery. I have gone so far as to contact the distiller and am willing to pay the $85 for the 375mL). Essential for many of the drinks in William Schmidt's The Flowing Bowl.

Barrel-aged peach brandy (as was stated above) would be glorious. I did get to taste one at Tales of the Cocktail a few months back which makes me want my own bottle even more.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:26 PM

A good selection of interesting sherries - manzanillas, finos, old olorosos, palo cortados and not just the ones from the huge makers, sitting there gathering dust among the creams and pedro ximenez.

It's embarrassing what a tiny selection of sherries is available in this country compared to Europe.


Patrick, when I was in NYC two or 3 years ago I found a really good selection of sherry at PJ Wines in Harlem (4898 Broadway, New York, NY 10034) and last summer visited Tinto Fino (85 1st Ave # A 10003-2937)who have a great selection as well (very good Spanish table wine from small producers too - check out the wines of Basilio Izquierdo - fantastic!)

Canada, on the other hand, basically only has Gonzallez Byaz and Alvear though not bad wines there are many better. To that end a friend and I are starting a company to import sherry to our local market - including two wines that Decanter voted best fortified wines of the world! (hopefully give us a good reason for 'research' trips to Andalusia!
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

Crème de Rose (such as Crispin's made at Germain Robin's distillery. I have gone so far as to contact the distiller and am willing to pay the $85 for the 375mL). Essential for many of the drinks in William Schmidt's The Flowing Bowl.


fred, you should let me make you one.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:54 PM

Sea Wynde rum

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:46 AM

Too many, but number 1 is Batavia Arrack. And it's made practically next door...
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:52 PM

So have there been any Suze sightings yet in the States? I've read it's coming back.

I saw it (and tasted it) in New Orleans at Tales in July. If I ever get the opportunity to purchase a bottle, I certainly won't hesitate.
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#30 Zachary

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:08 PM

Braulio, the awesome amaro from the Valtellina. Their website is Italian only, they don't seem to have an email address, and the importer that comes up is their Aussie one. But I want Braulio, and their Riserva ;)

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