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Creme de Violette

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I just realized I didn't translate them into english. I did a google search and got most of them from the first two pages, some had translation options.

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Benoit Serres creme de violette is not hard to find in South West France at least, in Toulouse everywhere from cakeshops to newsagents seem to sell it (along with crystallised violets and violet lozenges).

Most of the French distillers who produce fruit based liqueurs make a creme de violette or liqueur de violette. I think the Miclo version is possibly the best- very violetty, though far paler in colour than the Benoit Serres. Briottet, Giffard, Lejay-Lagoute and Les vergers de Ma Pere are other producers who make a violet liqueur.

The BS one may well be a closer match for Creme d'Yvette as it has a noticeable vanilla taste as well as the violet and it's certainly better colour wise for Blue Moons etc . (Miclo have the prettier bottle though !)

I don't think Parfait Amour would be a particularly good substitute , on the whole they tend to be slightly citrussy, slightly flowery but not particularly violet flavoured (although Lejay-Lagoute do seem to market their creme de violette as Parfait d'Amour, I think they include both names on the bottle).

Don't know of any of these are available in the US though.

Gethin


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the monin syrup is not great-

too sweet and not enough violet essence-

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Do health food or herbal type places carry dried violet flowers or petals?

Guess I wouldn't be averse to trying to make a small batch.

Probably be cheaper than shipping from France or England.

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Do health food or herbal type places carry dried violet flowers or petals?

Guess I wouldn't be averse to trying to make a small batch.

Probably be cheaper than shipping from France or England.

I'm pretty sure I've seen both dry and candied rose and violet petals at Dean & Deluca (in DC). Unfortunately they cost an arm and a leg.

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Ok, ok, I'm ashamed that those posts of mine are over two years old and I haven't finished the violet extraction expt. I know right where the bottle is down in the basement and I promise to dilute it, sweeten it, taste it and report back.

Erik, dried violets will be pricier then mail order, I'm guessing. You can find dried rose petals for cookery purposes in a well stocked South Asian grocery store. I think I paid around $5 for a huge bag of very fragrent ones.

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trillium


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Here is a place that sells excellent dried violet flowers. 

http://www.taylorgarden.com/Products/Bulk_...+Violet&CartID=

Thanks Kerry!

They do have an amazing selection of herbs there.

Dried violet flowers are expensive, though.

Maybe I should just spring to have a bottle of creme de violette shipped from England.

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Thanks Kerry!

They do have an amazing selection of herbs there.

Dried violet flowers are expensive, though.

Maybe I should just spring to have a bottle of creme de violette shipped from England.

The bottle from England would definately be cheaper.

I bought flowers from him with the plan of distilling violet oil from them to flavour cream centres, just have to get around to it. There is getting to be quite a list on my round to it file.

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There are two sellers on the French eBay selling Creme de Violette. One will only ship to France (but a email will probably do wonders) and the other does ship internationally

The international shipping guy asks 14,50 euro for a 70cl bottle. Not bad I think, the only place I could find it in Holland sells Creme de Violette for ~ 20 euro, for a 50cl bottle.

Anyway, for those desperately looking for Creme de Violette <a href="http://cgi.ebay.fr/Creme-de-violette-70-cl_W0QQitemZ190037796637QQihZ009QQcategoryZ129058QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem">heres a link to the eBay auction</a>

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The guy in Japan who has the Suntory Hermers bitters on e-bay, currently has Suntory violet liqueur too if anyone fancies trying a Japanese version.

Postage is a bit of a killer though.

gethin

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I've heard a rumor that Nizza la Bella, a restaurant in Albany, CA has Benoit Serres Liqueur de Violette.

I will call them and see if this is true and if so, where they obtained it.


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I have sad news -- Sally Clarke's no longer sells Creme de Violette -- as they can no longer find it.

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I have sad news -- Sally Clarke's no longer sells Creme de Violette -- as they can no longer find it.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

My wife is going out there in a few weeks and was told she needed to pick me up some. Crap. Anyone have any other leads for places in London?

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It seems to me I've read a thread elsewhere about this; but, this recent one on the DrinkBoy forums covers a couple liquor stores in London.

Liquor store in London? Advice needed

The Vintage House and Gerry's are recommended.

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I have sad news -- Sally Clarke's no longer sells Creme de Violette -- as they can no longer find it.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

My wife is going out there in a few weeks and was told she needed to pick me up some. Crap. Anyone have any other leads for places in London?

Somehow I don't think SHE'S gonna be as disappointed about this as you and some others are.

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I have sad news -- Sally Clarke's no longer sells Creme de Violette -- as they can no longer find it.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

My wife is going out there in a few weeks and was told she needed to pick me up some. Crap. Anyone have any other leads for places in London?

Gerrys (Old Compton St) had stocks of Monin Creme de Violette a couple of months back. I'll check next time I go in (which will be early next week) and update you on availibilty.

Gethin

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I was reading Hedonia and in a restaurant writeup, they mentioned trying a violet flavored, Grappa based, liqueur.

...Villa de Varda Viola. He assumed, as I did, that it would have a faintly floral aroma, something he likes in a grappa. Our server hemmed a moment, and said that maybe it would be wise to taste it first. she brought an infinitesimal amount in a shot glass, along with the bottle to show. To call this stuff grappa is really stretching it. It may start out as grappa, but it is then infused with violets and sweetened. It is intensely floral, like drinking perfume. Old lady perfume. It's not that it's actually unpleasant, but that it is so potent as to blow out any other sensory input.

Hmmm...

That certainly sounds like violet liqueur!

Anyone tried it?

edit - add blog source name.


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looking at their website, I suspect given the bottles they show, this would be super expensive.

ETA: yup: VILLA DE VARDA VIOLA 750. $99.99

Ouchy


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looking at their website, I suspect given the bottles they show, this would be super expensive.

ETA:  yup: VILLA DE VARDA VIOLA 750. $99.99

Ouchy

YeeeOuch!

Well, that takes care of that idea.

Looks like it is available, though.

Beltramo's Wines carries it and the Villa de Varda Rose liqueur.

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I wonder if they would sell it in a one gallon plastic milk jug instead of that crystal bottle.

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I was reading a blog and they mentioned trying a violet flavored Grappa based liqueur.

Hey! That's me!

So, wow -- a hunnerd bucks for the stuff, eh? I'm surprised -- the by-the-glass price seems like a bargain by comparison. (I think it was $12, which is not out of range for grappa.)

Our server mentioned they were planning to use it in cocktails, and that certainly seems like a great application. Or, a single drop served from an eyedropper under the tongue as the last thing you put in your mouth at the end of the meal. But any more than that is seriously too hardcore perfumey.

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