Misc. Spirits

Aggazzoti Nocino Riserva Notte di San Giovanni 750ml

The best Nocino ever, the Aggazzotti is rich, spicy, sweet and bitter, remarkably complex and delicious. Aged in glass demi-johns for 4 years, this walnut liqueur would be a perfect ending to your holiday dinner.

  • liqueur
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Amara Amaro D'Arancia Rossa Blood Orange Liqueur

I am completely smitten with this Amaro. The primary ingredient is blood orange from Sicily with the bitter, herbal components taking somewhat of a backseat, and the result is a brighter, more feminine, style of Amaro that is complex and delicious. It is floral, fruit-forward, mineral, and long with red berry fruits and herbs building on the finish. This is simply a fantastic after dinner drink. Tim Gagnon

  • bitter aperitif
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

  • fruit liqueur
  • 5 in stock
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  • $29.99

Balcones Rumble 47%

A Texas Wildflower Honey, Turbinado Sugar and Mission Fig Spirit

  • liqueur
  • 1 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • herb digestive
  • 6 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • aperitif
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • bitter aperitif
  • 2 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • herb digestive
  • 5 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
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  • $59.99

Byrrh, Violet Frères Grand Quinquina 375ml

Pronounced 'Beer', this is a unique tonic with roots in the Languedoc region of south-west France. Local red wine is infused with 10 botanicals, most apparent of which is the bitter quinine bark. Fans of vintage advertising should seach for Byrrh posters and they will be rewarded with over 100 years of signage, including rich Art Nouveau images.  The beverage itself should be enjoyed chilled, on its own or with soda water and a twist; it could also make a good addition to a Negroni or other classic coctails. JR

  • bitter aperitif
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

Caffo Calabria Vecchio Amaro del Capo 750ml

This is quite dry with lovely citrus notes to balance the bitterness. cb

One of the best values in Amaro. Caffo has bright Calabrian citrus flavors and classic herbal bitter flavors. Fantastic on its own, but dangerously drinkable in seltzer. JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

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.

  • aperitif
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Cappelletti Elisir Novasalus Vino Amaro 16% 750ml

Disclaimer: This is an Amaro for adventurous drinkers! Beginning with a rich red wine base, the production process involves a 6-month infusion with local flowers, herbs, and roots and the only sweetener used is a local tree sap. This yields an intensely bitter and dark spirit with a piney, earthy finish. I find it to be incredibly compelling and energizing, especially after a gluttonous meal, but it isn’t for the faint of heart! Tim Gagnon

  • bitter
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • bitter
  • 12 in stock
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  • $24.99

  • aperitif
  • 10 in stock
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  • $20.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 2 in stock
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  • $32.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 6 in stock
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  • $32.99

  • vermouth
  • 3 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • vermouth
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • aperitif
  • 4 in stock
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  • $19.99

  • aperitif
  • 1 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • aperitif
  • 1 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • fortified aperitif wine
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Delaware Phoenix Walton Waters Absinthe Superieure

Delaware Phoenix is the passion-driven distillery owned and operated by Cheryl Lins.  She started making the first traditional Absinthes in New York in the town of Walton on a tiny pot still.  The results are superb, and compare favorably with Europe's best.  The "Walton Waters" bottling is distilled with the classic herbs: Grand wormwood, Anise, Florence Fennel, Roman wormwood, Lemon balm, and Lemon Thyme.  The spirits are high proof (136) and should be diluted with three to five parts ice cold water.  JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • vermouth
  • 36 in stock
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  • $9.99

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
  • 3 in stock
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  • $9.99

  • vermouth
  • 13 in stock
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  • $9.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • fortified aperitif wine
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • mix
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • mix
  • 5 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • liqueur
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

Forthave Spirits Amaro Marseille 375ml

The Forthave Marseille Amaro is truly unique affair. Based on a medieval recipe of four thieves who, as the story goes, traded their secret concoction for clemency. It is at once soft and assertive. Eucalyptus, mint, cinnamon, dried lemon peel, dried tea leaves, and honey dominate the nose, while the palate further reveals star anise, lemon extract, a touch of vanilla, and cloves. Marseille uses raw honey as a sweetener, and similar to something like Amaro dell'Erborista by Varnelli, it gives it a wonderful, soft and lush texture. Perfect as an after dinner digestif. Oskar Kostecki

  • bitter
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

Forthave Spirits Blue Gin 43%

A fuller-bodied style of American gin, the Forthave Blue Gin is creamy and viscous on the palate, with notes of citrus rind, juniper, aniseed, allspice, mint, pine, lavender, and a long, savory finish. A perfect choice for classic gin cocktails like a Negroni or Aviation, it also plays beautifully in a straightforward Martini. Make this your choice for an autumnal local gin! Oskar Kostecki

  • aperitif
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

Forthave Spirits Red Aperitivo 24%

The Forthave Red Aperitivo is a base of sugar cane distillate infused with 13 botanicals, and contains no artificial coloring.It has a beautiful deep ruby hue, and explodes on the nose with notes of orange, plums, chamomile, rose, grapefruit rind, cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron. The palate is viscous with a pleasant bitterness and balanced sweetness. Enjoy on the rocks with a dash of soda water, or in your favorite classic coktails. Makes a delicious Negroni. Oskar Kostecki

  • aperitif
  • 5 in stock
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  • $34.99

  • herb digestive
  • 5 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • vermouth
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

  • vermouth
  • 2 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
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  • $149.99

  • liqueur
  • 6 in stock
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  • $35.99

  • liqueur
  • 5 in stock
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  • $29.99

  • bitter aperitif
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • fruit liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • liqueur
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • herb digestive
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • vermouth
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

La Quintinye Vermouth Extra Dry .375

A delicious vermouth with a base of select white wines from the Southwestern France, Pineau des Charentes Blanc, and 27 different botanicals. A beautiful golden color, it is heady, floral, and intensely aromatic with underlying currents of licorice and anise. It is incredibly dry, but maintains a balance on the palate and it is here that its Pineau des Charentes roots show. This is perfect for sipping or in a more adventurous Martini.  Tim Gagnon

  • vermouth
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • vermouth
  • 10 in stock
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  • $17.99

  • liqueur
  • 2 in stock
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  • $34.99

  • 1 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • fortified aperitif wine
  • 3 in stock
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  • $27.99

  • herb digestive
  • 4 in stock
  • $109.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • vermouth
  • 1 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • vermouth
  • 2 in stock
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  • $59.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • vermouth
  • 3 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • vermouth
  • 1 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • vermouth
  • 10 in stock
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  • $22.99

Meletti, Silvio Amaro (Marche) 750ml

Broad citrus and spice notes mingle with some sweetness. Very good value. cb

This is a perfect introduction to Amaro. The palate is lightly sweet but not syrupy. JR

  • bitter
  • 11 in stock
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  • $19.99

  • fruit liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Michelberger Mountain Krauterspirituose 750ml

This is a delicious, bracing, alpine-style aperitif from the heart of Berlin. In order to make this invigorating, herbal cocktail, Michelberger combines lemon peel, juniper, coriander, peppermint, lemon balm, cardamom, fennel, sage, anise seed, orris root, thyme and caraway seed in a solution of beet sugar spirit. This is double distilled in traditional pot stills, and then mellowed in earthenware pots before being bottled. Served ice-cold, this would be a great way to start a dinner or end a night. John Rankin

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Miro Vermouth de Reus Extra Dry 1 L

From the famed vermouth-producing city of Reus, just southwest of Barcelona, Miro is just what I’ve been looking for to make the ultimate Martini. Made from a base wine of Airen and Macabeo with herbs and wormwood sourced from the Pyrenees Mountains, it is exceptionally dry (no sugar added!) and exhibits all of the piquant, herbal, and briny notes of olives. This is no doubt the reason it works so well in a Martini, but there are compelling wormwood-forward notes along with a touch of spice, bracing acidity, and minerality that make it a perfect aperitif. Seriously delicious! Tim Gagnon

  • vermouth
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • bitter
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • liqueur
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 7 in stock
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  • $34.99

Rovero Barolo Chinato 500ml

Chinato – an aromatized and fortified wine usually based on Barolo – has created quite a stir around the store. We’ve always loved Cappellano’s, and tried a few others here and there, but an offer of many vintage Chinatos illuminated the fact that these spirits show quite well when cellared like their mother-wine Barolo. The intense, bitter, quinine bark flavors mellow and become a more harmonious part of the drink. Also, like world class dessert wines, the sugar becomes less “sweet” tasting and shows more rich-bodied character. Which brings us to Rovero’s delicious Barolo Chinato. For under $35 a bottle, I’d highly recommend stashing a couple of these away for a later after-dinner surprise. It may not be the Technicolor, herbal rollercoaster that Cappellano is, but it’s a very fine stand-in at an incredible price. John Rankin

  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • herb digestive
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

St. Agrestis New York Amaro 750ml

Sommeliers Nicholas Finger and Fairlie McCollough started St. Agrestis in 2014 after a three month trip through Italy solidified their love for traditional, regional Amari. Everything is done in their warehouse in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY from the maceration of organic herbs, roots, and citrus in neutral base spirit to the short-term aging in whiskey barrels (sourced from the Van Brunt distillery in Brooklyn), and the addition of organic cane sugar followed by bottling and labeling. The sugar rounds out the classic bitter components of this Amaro making for an easy going yet complex and balanced digestif that begs to be consumed after dinner this Thanksgiving! Tim Gagnon

  • herb liqueur
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • herb digestive
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

Terres Rouges Salers Apéritf La Bounoux 750ml

Salers is a fascinating elixir from the Massif Centrale. The bark of yellow gentian is steeped in alcohol with a secret recipe of other herbs to create an earthy beverage with tons of local character. Yellow gentian grows best at high elevation on volcanic soils, as is the case for gentian grown around the Auvergne and used here. Locally, Salers in enjoyed with ice as an apéritif, but there are many modern cocktail recipes that call for it as well. JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • fruit liqueur
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • bitter aperitif
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • bitter aperitif
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

Varnelli Amaro "Sibilla" 1 Liter

Named after the impressive mountain range in the Southwestern corner of the Marche, this spirit is a must-try for Amaro fans. The flavor profile definitely leans toward the drier, more herbaceous end of the spectrum and will seem quite bitter if you are used to Averna or Montenegro. The botanicals are wood smoked before maceration which adds a degree of complexity seldom found in Amari. Mountain honey is used sparingly to balance the bitter flavors. I have found Sibillia to be a delicious digestive, but also quite delightful at the shore when mixed with tonic and an orange rind. JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

Varnelli Amaro dell'Erborista 1 Liter

This is the most powerful Amaro I have ever tried. To drink it is to experience a brisk and bracing shock of mountain roots and herbs. The flavors are intense enough to make one’s whole mouth tingle, and the experience lasts for several minutes. As a warning, it must be said that this tonic is brutally dry, rich, and smoky. One could tackle a glass neat after dinner, or a splash could go a long way in creating unique cocktails. This tonic is made with botanicals that are smoked prior to maceration, and mountain honey is used (extremely sparingly) as a sweetener. For the adventurous there is nothing else quite like it! JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Varnelli Caffe Moka 1 L

Looking for something sweet for after dinner? Look no further! Made from real Italian espresso according to the traditional recipe of the Varnelli family, this liqueur has decadent aromas of roasted espresso beans, vanilla, and sweet spice accompanied by tobacco, cocoa nibs, and wildflower honey. The palate is sumptuous, yet balanced, with persistent espresso character. Try it on its own, or add a splash to your coffee! Tim Gagnon

  • liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

Varnelli L'Anice Secco Speciale 1 Liter 46%

In Italy Varnelli is eponymous with this delicious Anise liqueur. Locally, Varnelli is splashed over espresso. The bottle says secco, but there is a touch of sweetness to the spirit that tempers the intensity of the anise flavor. This stuff makes your average Sambuca look like overly sugary candy water. There is a secret proprietary method for distilling the aniseed that remarkably preserves the anise’s medicinal quality and depth of flavor. The spirit is not bitter, but is still reported by the distillery to aid with digestion. JR

  • herb liqueur
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $45.99

  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

  • vermouth
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • herb liqueur
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

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 KosteckiA 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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • herb digestive
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99