The history of the Caffo family business dates back to the end of the 19th century, when Giuseppe Caffo, the Master Distiller, class of 1865, began distilling pomace on the side of volcanic Mt. Etna. After years of experience trading and managing distilleries, his dream became reality when in 1915 he bought and old distillery in Santa Venerina, Sicily. He fully dedicated himself to his passion and passed his knowledge along to his children. Giuseppe's son, Sebastiano Caffo, soon became a Master Distiller himself, and together they founded the company ?Fratelli Caffo? with Sebastiano's brother, Santo Caffo. Initially, Caffo produced a small range of spirits distilled from wine, however the Caffo distillery gradually began producing and earning recognition for their fruit and herbal liqueurs and classic Italian spirits such as Amaro, Limoncino, Amaretto, Sambuca, and aged Grappa.
BERTOUX Brandy?is an elegant blend?of pot_distilled California Brandies, aged from three to seven years in French and American oak. The brandy showcases vibrancy, elegance, and dimensionality, with signature layers of flavor, enduring length and finish that elevates and brings new energy to the storied Sidecar and all brandy-based cocktails.
?Vibrant and highly aromatic, on the nose there are notes of candied apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle, nutmeg and a gentle toast character, which leads to a juicy and bright palate impression.?
|Ararat Akhtamar 10 Year Old VSOP Armenian Brandy , Whilst lesser known abroad, this Armenian brandy is extremely popular in its home country and surrounding nations. The brandy takes its name from the Aktamar Island and the legend surrounding it. According to Armenian folklore, a princess named Tamara lived on the island, who was in love with a local commoner. The boy would swim each night to visit her, guided by a light she lit for him. Her father became aware of his visits, and broke the lamp, leaving him swimming in the lake without a guide. He drowned in the fearsome waters of Lake Van and when his body came ashore it seemed as if the words ?Akh, Tamara? (Oh Tamara) were on his frozen lips. The Armenian national poet, Hovhannes Tumanyan, famously retold this story in his 1891 work, Akhtamar. Made with local white grapes, and aged for 10 years, this is a flavoursome and mature brandy. The brandy offers notes of plums, dried fruits, beeswax, toasted nuts, vanilla, pressed flowers, sweet grapes and some mixed spice. An excellent value brandy with a superb backstory.||Description Ararat XO aged 20 Years Brandy, A truly superb brandy from Armenian outfit Ararat. Whilst this distillery is little known in Western Europe, it is extremely popular in the eastern reaches of the continent. The distillery has a storied history, having been founded in 1887 by a pair of cousins in an old fort using French equipment they?d happened across. The brandy picked up a Grand Prix award at the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris, and also supplied the Imperial Russian Court for a time. It is said that Stalin gifted Churchill a few bottles of the brandy at the Yalta conference, and he was so impressed that he established a standing order of 400 bottles a year (more than one a day)! The distillery is a symbol of national pride, and indeed, it offers a true taste of Armenian produce. Ararat uses local grape varieties from the Ararat valley, some of which are rare survivors of the phylloxera blight. The main grape strains used are the Garan Dmak, Voskehat and Kangun varieties. The different strains are processed separately, so as to preserve their integrity of flavor. Ararat uses gentle horizontal presses which avoid the seeds getting crushed and influencing the flavors of grape. The brandy is double steam distilled to ensure retention of the grapes? delicate profiles. After distillation, the brandy is matured in exclusively oak casks. Ararat take their casks very seriously, having established their own cooperage in 2002. They use Armenian oak which has been allowed to grow for 70 years prior to harvesting. Only the heart of the trees are used, and this oak possesses a tight grain, releasing tannins slowly. This brandy has been aged for an incredible 20 years, with the final result being a staggeringly complex spirit. Ararat Nairi serves up notes of gentle figs, flowers, dates, raisins and dried cranberry, followed by some slightly prickling spice, plums, bright grapes, vanilla, cedar wood, toasted almond, coconut, dark chocolate, Bourbon-style oak, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The bottling is named after the Nairi people, who inhabited the Armenian Highlands thousands of years ago. A cracking grape brandy, that matches the quality of the very best XO Cognacs.?||
Ararat ANI 7 Year Old Brandy is a premium Armenian brandy made from grapes that are hand-picked, hand-pressed, and then distilled. The brandy is aged for seven years in oak barrels. Ararat ANI 7 Year Old Brandy is aged for an extended period of time, which results in a smoother, more refined taste.
Ararat Ani 7 Year Old Brandy Tasting Notes
Nose:?It harmoniously combines tones of citrus, dried figs and sweet almonds.
Palate:?Fresh and spicy with bright notes of orange, vanilla and subtle hints of almond.
|Schladerer Himbeergeist from Germany, a raspberry eau-de-vie made by macerating fresh berries in neutral spirits.|