Bottles on Bottles
“A year’s supply of reposado tequila and bubbly rosé.” — Weinstein
“Hamilton 151 Demerara Rum ($24), J. Rieger & Co. Caffe Amaro ($32) and Arton armagnacs (all expressions) ($58-75).” — Jon and Lindsay Yeager of PourTaste, Nashville, TN
“Cappelletti Pasubio Vino Amaro ($20): This stuff is just absolutely incredible. It’s amazingly cheap for the quality of product. It’s deep and embracing, herbaceous and smoky, yet so incredibly light, refreshing and absolutely quaffable. This is the kind of stuff you drink slightly warm by a fire in the Alps, or chilled out in the warm sun in the summer. It’s outstanding.
Piedra Luenga Organic Pedro Ximenez Sherry ($18): This sherry is the absolute bee’s knees. It is succulent, warm and jam-packed with golden raisin flavor and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re about to have a diabetic episode. Goes for about $18 retail, although I’m not sure where it is available—MFW distributes it wholesale in the States.
Brennivin 80th Anniversary Blend ($51): Being from Iceland, I couldn’t not have this on my wishlist. This is a blend of three different agings of the traditional Brennivin (an aquavit, which is a neutral grain spirit distilled with caraway), individually aged in American new oak bourbon barrels, and Islay whiskey barrels before blending them all together. The result is a delightfully complex, creamy, slightly smoky, slightly sweet, smooth spirit that is unlike anything else I have ever tasted. Every time I drink it, I taste something new. A must-have for any spirit appreciator.” — Hallsson