Brandy, Eau-de-Vie, Grappa

Artigiano Giuseppe Castelli Grappa Barolina 750 ml

Distilleria Castelli is a small, family-run operation in the heart of Piedmont working with neighboring growers/winemakers to repurpose the grape pomace left behind from vinification, into surprisingly aromatic and delicate grappas. The Castelli family collects the pomace and ages it in sealed tanks to help intensify the flavor, and is then distilled and aged for  several years in stainless steel. The Barolina Grappa is 100% Nebbiolo from Barolo vineyards, distilled and then aged for 6 years in stainless steel, bottled at 50%ABV, leading to a softer, rounder mouthfeel than the grappa my grandfather used to have open at parties. The nose presents a melance of honeyed apricot, daffodils, and Meyer lemon peel, and on the palate flavors of stonefruits, wildflower honey, and cardamom. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • grappa
  • 3 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • brandy
  • 5 in stock
  • $32.99

Dudognon 10 Year Old Cognac Grande Champagne 'Reserve'

The Dudognon Reserve is one of the best values in Cognac. Made without additives or coloring, it's a pale gold color with subtle citrus and white fruit aromas. The palate is clean and long with tea, earth, citrus and spice. Far superior to the brand-name VS or VSOP blends and really worth trying. John Rankin

  • Cognac
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  • $46.99

Hunter Moon Immature Brandy

The ladies at Hunter Moon are doing their best to bring back eau-de-vie (otherwise known as 'unaged brandy') with this delicious example. This is truly natural wine-making distilled, a rarity in the spirits world. The base for their brandy comes from Farrm Wines on the North Fork of Long Island, a Demeter certified vineyard, with a blend of 80% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented entirely with native yeasts. It is then distilled in a hybrid copper/pot still, rested in glass, and then bottled at 50%ABV. Notes of honey, cherry blossom, and fresh herbs on the nose, with a soft, lush texture on the palate. I think this makes a killer Vesper variation, but it would also be great as a base for tinctures or bitters! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • eau-de-vie
  • 6 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • grappa
  • 2 in stock
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  • $46.99

  • brandy
  • 4 in stock
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  • $51.99

  • brandy
  • 1 in stock
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  • $12.99

  • marc
  • 2 in stock
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  • $134.99

Gin

Catskill Provisions Beespoke Gin 750mL

Created by beekeeper-turned-distiller, Claire Marin, the Beespoke gin highlights local grapes from the Finger Lakes (a blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner)  bee-friendly botanicals, and a bit of  honey provided by their apiary. The grape base gives this gin a richer, creamier mouthfeel and despite the faintly sweet aroma, the gin remains dry on the palate as there is nothing added post-distillation. Michelle DeWyngaert

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  • $56.99

Cotswolds Dry Gin

A recent arrival to the US market! Named for the rural area outside of London in where the distillery is located, Cotswolds Gin went into production in 2014. Nine botanicals undergo 18-hour maceration in a base distillate of wheat and these include juniper, coriander, bay, fresh citrus peel, and black pepper, among others. It is beautifully aromatic – juniper heavy, with cool overtones of balsam, mint, rosemary, cucumber, and lime – but maintains a classic, dry profile on the palate with added lift seemingly from the fresh citrus peel. Green herbs and black pepper creep in on the finish. Very balanced and long, this makes a killer Martini, and it is also un-chillfiltered so it clouds up when cold! Tim Gagnon

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Hayman's London Dry Gin 750ml

Hayman's is the oldest gin-distilling family in London.They were founded by James Burrough in 1863. Sticking true to their roots using a 150 year old family recipe that has not changed, but stood the test of time creating a classic gin. With the use of three small copper pot stills and 24 hour maceration of 10 herbs and botanicals (juniper, lemon, orange, cassia cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, angelica root, orris root, coriander seed and licorice root) they create a citrus forward gin while still maintaining the high proof and spicy mid-palate of a classic dry gin. On the nose you get fresh citrus peel aromas with juniper and coriander. On the palate you get orange zest with fresh lemon rind, coriander, slight liquorice with a long dry juniper finish. Nelson Dejesus

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  • 5 in stock
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Mahon Spanish Gin 1 Liter

Xoriguer gin hails from Mahon on the island of Menorca in Spain and one of only three gins (along with Plymouth Gin and London Dry Gin) to have a geographic designation. Gin has a rich history on Menorca dating back to British occupation during the 18th century and is still made with the same traditional methods. This gin is made in wood-fired pot stills from a base spirit of grape distillate (as opposed to the more common grain-based distillate) and is rested in American oak barrels before bottling. This process gives this spirit decidedly fruity and floral aromatics as well as a softer, citrusy palate. For lovers of gin and tonics, try this for your next experiment! Tim Gagnon

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Misc. Spirits

  • bitter aperitif
  • 2 in stock
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  • $35.99

Averell Damson Gin Liqueur

Heirloom Damson plums from the Red Jacket Orchards in upstate NY are freshly squeezed to create this updated version of  a Sloe Gin. The American Gin Company uses these plums are distinct for their incredibly tart and slightly bitter flavor, which makes this gin-based liqueur bright enough to replace or complement the citrus element of your next cocktail. The tart plums are complemented by the botanicals of its gin base; juniper, bay leaf, ginger, and winter spices. Bottled at 33% ABV this liqueur finishes more tart than sweet making it versatile enough to  be used either as cocktail base, a lower ABV alternative to gin, or as an accent in an aperitif.

  • fruit liqueur
  • 1 in stock
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  • $29.99

Cap Corse Mattei Blanc Quinquina Aperitif

Beautiful interplay between sweet and bitter. Notes of citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, white flowers, chamomile, fennel, and quinine.

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $24.99

Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Dry 375ml

Perhaps the benchmark for dry french Vermouth. Both complex and subtle, with floral and herbal flavors derived from the 54 or so secret ingredients. The first Vermouth I reach for when making a Martini, and an excellent drink on ice. JR

  • vermouth
  • 6 in stock
  • $9.99

  • vermouth
  • 4 in stock
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  • $9.99

  • liqueur
  • 9 in stock
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  • $29.99

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  • 1 in stock
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Little City Vermouth Sweet Vermouth 375ml

Created in Harlem and bottled by Finger Lakes Distilling, this is a great Sweet Vermouth that straddles feeling classic and modern. The base of both the sweet and dry Little City's is the hearty Cayuga White, a hybrid grape found in the Finger Lakes which lends these Vermouth's  a brighter acidity. The Sweet Vermouth is blended with 53 botanicals, many of them the usual suspects such as gentian, juniper, cinnamon, and orange peel, but with a few more interesting additions like black sesame, black walnut leaf, and grapefruit peel. In order to keep the integrity of these flavors, heat is never used, only maceration until it reaches the perfect balance. Michelle DeWyngaert

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  • 14 in stock
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  • $21.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $43.99

  • aperitif
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Salers Gentiane Liqueur

One of the oldest and most famous French aperitifs; a gentiane-based liqueur with a slightly sweet and earthy character. No artificial colors or preservatives are added. Great on the rocks or with soda, or use it in a white negroni or to add depth to a clear-spirited cocktail.

  • aperitif
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

War & Rust Quinquina Aperitif Wine 500ml

A beautiful American aromatized wine in the style of Italian Chinato, I've been a huge fan of this quinquina for a while, and it's had a place at my Thanksgiving table for a number of years now. (Oskar Kostecki)  A little from the wine-maker: "Originally I took Barolo Chinato for inspiration, and cinchona bark remains one of the main ingredients, but in both recipe and method, it has become something different than chinato. To make it, I arrest fermentation by adding brandy when there is still sugar in the must. This makes for a slightly different sweetness level each harvest, so I always have to adjust the the bittering agents, which gets me tinkering with the other ingredients, so the recipe changes a bit every year. I use about 20 different herbs, barks, roots and botanicals including: cinchona bark, gentian, wormwood, anise, myrrh, Virginia juniper, rose petal, chamomile, and ginger root.I started it while working in Sonoma County, so it was originally made from Pinot Noir, and I made a half barrel for the first batch. It has followed me around in my day jobs, so these days there is a lot of Cabernet Franc, but there's Tannat, there's Petit Verdot, there's even Petit Manseng. I leave in the stems, as their flavor seems to work with the whole. It now has more than enough Virginia fruit that I could legally label it Virginia, but since there are over 20 herbs and botanicals, I don't bother with a place name. It is a pseudo-solera in that I have a mother batch, bottle some of it, make more at the next harvest, and then add it to the mother. It has wine going back to 2007. I don't filter it. If it ferments in the bottle one day, maybe I will change that, but I'm pretty sure that would take something away." Ben Jordan

  • aperitif
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

Rum

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Boukman Botanical Rum Haiti 45%

Boukman is a classic Haitian 'clairin trempè' or spiced rhum honoring the great Dutty Boukman who led the enslaved people of Haiti to freedom in 1791. The base is fresh sugar cane juice from two of the best sites in Haiti, Croix des Bouquets and Cap Haïtien. It is fermented with indigenous yeasts, distilled and then blended with seven botanicals, many native to the island, making this a true expression of Haitian terroir. There is no sugar added, but the addition of whole and extracted vanilla, clove, and cinnamon give it a warm, sweet spice on the finish. If you notice the stain on the front label, that's there, as Voodoo tradition dictates, to ward off evil spirits. This may be a part of why I enjoy it so much in hot toddies when I'm feeling under the weather, but this is also delicious on its own as a digestif. Michelle DeWyngaert

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Foursquare Probitas Rum 750ml

A collaboration between two of the best rum distilleries in the world, Foursquare and Hampden Estate in Jamaica, Probitas is made of three components: a 2-year-aged Foursquare rum distilled on Coffey still, an unaged Foursquare Coffey still, and an unaged Hampden Estate pot-distilled rum. Opening with notes of creamy vanilla  and citrus on the nose, from the first sip this is rich and complex, incorporating the best of what both producers have to offer, with just enough funk from the Hampden distillate to make this very engaging. Tropical fruit, banana custard, notes of molasses and sugarcane are all present on the thick and oily palate. Sipping it neat isn't a problem, but cocktails is where this rum really shines. Will make the perfect Daiquiri! Oskar Kostecki

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  • 4 in stock
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  • Rhum Agricole
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  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • rum
  • 3 in stock
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  • $23.99

Rum Fire Hampden Estate Jamaican Overpr 63% ABV

Our friends over at a fellow retailer sometimes just put "!!!!!!!!!" in product descriptions, and I'm tempted to copy them on this one, as there are almost no words to describe Rum Fire. Clocking in at a huge ester level (over 500 ppm) and bottled at 63%, it might rip your face off and kick you in the privates, but you know, you just might like it. Untamed and bombastic, this is funky rum at its finest, guaranteed to take you on a journey. A hate it or love it scenario. An angel-demon from bygone days shredding sweet and funky heavy wattage straight to your soul. I can't help myself, I'm utterly in love. Oskar Kostecki

  • rum
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

Tequila

  • mezcal
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

Gran Agave Tequila Blanco 40% (80 Proof) 1L

Gran Agave is produced at the Destilaria Santa Lucia in the Jalisco Highlands. Despite being made at an incredible price, the Newton family continues to use the formula that they created back in 1940. All naturally grown Blue Agave, aged 4 to 6 years before harvest, steam-cooked without the use of a diffuser as they do with popular bulk Tequilas. The agave juice is fermented  in open-top steel tanks, double-distilled in copper pot stills, and then bottled without additives. This is our go-to for a clean, fresh, easy-to-mix with Tequila!

  • tequila
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • tequila
  • 11 in stock
  • $44.99

  • mezcal
  • 2 in stock
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  • $29.99

Vodka

  • vodka
  • 2 in stock
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  • $54.99

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  • $21.99

Helix Vodka 80 Proof 750ml

Distilled in France from winter wheat, then shipped to Iceland and proofed down with Icelandic water, Helix is a classic light-bodied and crisp vodka perfect for mixing in cocktails. With faint notes of citrus and a smooth finish.

  • vodka
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

High Wire Distilling Hometown Vodka

100% corn vodka from out friends at High Wire Distilling in Charleston, South Carolina. We've always been impressed with the care that goes into sourcing the raw materials at High Wire, and the hard work they do with local farmers, and we're very happy their wonderful vodka is now available in New York. Very similar to Tito's, but 100% handmade! Oskar Kostecki

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  • 6 in stock
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  • $27.99

Whisky

  • bourbon
  • 3 in stock
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  • $43.99

  • whiskey
  • 1 in stock
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  • $299.99

  • rye whiskey
  • 1 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • Organic

Wigle Pittsburgh Organic Chambers St Rye 750mL

It's always exciting for us each to select our own cask from Pittsburgh distillery, Wigle! This year we went with a Monongahela Rye that really jumps out of the glass and surprised us with how much flavor and complexity it had. A full five years of barrel aging with a mashbill of 67% Twin Parks Farm Rye, 16.5%  Weatherbury Farm Soft White Wheat, and 16.5% Briess Malted Barley, all organically farmed. This is a rich, full bodied rye with notes of dark, roasted pepper, toffee, a bit of dried lavender and clove. The palate has a bit more sweetness than the nose would imply, with notes of crème brûlée, banana, and a white peppery finish with a kick of heat. Drink this with a splash of water or use it for a powerful Sazerac on a cold winter's night. Michelle DeWyngaert //   "I know everyone talks about wine pairing at Thanksgiving, but after dinner a nice amaro or better still a digestif cocktail can be just the thing. I enjoy the occasional maple old-fashioned, subbing in a bar spoon of Vermont Maple syrup for the sugar cube to be muddled  with the bitters and for the whiskey, the spicy cask strength Chambers Street bottling of the Wigle Rye is  perfect to complement the bittersweet maple."
For those who think that a half bottle of our Chambers Street whiskey isn't enough! In the immortal words of Mark Twain, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."

  • rye whiskey
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic