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VINTAGE PRE-BAN ABSINTHE
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May 2011
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Hannisville Rye
Hannisville Rye
Dating from 1863 according to family lore, but certainly not later than 1913

Tasting notes on the rye, from Dave Hughes, acclaimed author and internationally
respected wine and spirits judge for over 30 years:

The initial nose is kind of ethereal and somehow mysterious !
There is a slight whiff of vanilla which disappears rapidly leaving a nose as clear as a bell with
resounding high notes of ginger, fruitcake, some burnt toast and dry, brown spice followed by a
hint of licorice.  There is a slight caramel note along with some treacle. All very intense and
giving the impression of “sweetness”. Yet turns out to be decidedly dry in the mouth.

Rich, deep and haunting in the mouth with massive fruit edging seamlessly into mint. Then the
sweet impression gives way to a gentle oiliness which in turn surrenders to a very dry palate.
There are flashes of honey wax which adds to the overall complexity. On a second sip there
appears an underlying , rich fruitiness with hints of tangerine, orange and even lemon. All of
which seem fairly youthful and belies the age of the whiskey. Always ending dry and crisp.

With time in the glass a whole host of aromas accumulate. Hints of old honey from a bushveld
hive, some smokey notes, hint of charcoal. Mint and lemon zest.  Intensity builds all the time.
The ginger and licorice seems to hover there abouts most of the time.

Impossible to nail down a simple description as each sniff and sip delivers different characters.
It  definitely has no clear start or finish. It simply rolls on forever ! I left a fraction in the glass
overnight and it was just the same in the morning. Had lost nothing of it’s fascination and was
still delivering a full measure ! A fascinating product and a once in a life time experience.
Click on the button  to order one 200ml sample bottle of the circa 1865-1913 Hannisville RYE at GBP £140

The Hannisville Rye has been carefully decanted into sterile laboratory-grade 200ml flask-shape amber glass
sample bottles. 200ml is enough for 8 metric tots.

This is a unique opportunity to taste a pre-prohibition rye whisky from a legendary Philadelphia distillery.

The price of £140 INCLUDES worldwide PRIORITY shipping, there are NO additional shipping costs.
We guarantee safe arrival of all bottles, and will replace or refund any parcel lost in transit
VINTAGE PRE-PROHIBITION RYE WHISKY FROM THE HANNISVILLE CACHE
This remarkable cache of pre-prohibition gin is believed to originally have been purchased by John Welsh of Philadelphia, US
ambassador to Great Britain in the late 1870's.
The "Hannisville Cache" - Pre-prohibition "Old Tom" style gin, distilled 1913 or earlier.
Samples extracted from the original carboys.

They say that spirits do not change once they are in the bottle. However, this gin has definitely taken on an aura of majesty that can only
come from age. Then, despite the mature notes it still has, amazingly enough, the freshness associated with modern gin. The immediate
nose is strongly herb-like with a massive citrus backing.  Then the nose slowly responds with a slow issue of complex botanicals, so well
melded together, it difficult to single out any particular one. However,  the amalgam is magnificent. So why bother with separate identities ?

There is no “attack” in the mouth , it simply glides elegantly across the tongue oozing very attractive and complex meld of flavours. With time
in the glass the citrus notes begin to take over while the mature herby character is always there. It would appear that coriander must have
been a major component as it begins to show after a long while in the glass. All rests on a gentle supporting spice. There is a fullness in the
mouth that makes for the smoothest texture yet ends as dry as can possibly be.

An absolute once in a lifetime encounter to experience and wonder about.  (Tasted over a period of three days. A fresh pour on each
occasion.......giving the same character on each occasion).
(at current exchange rates this equates to approximately USD $210 or EUR €160).

The Hannisville Gin has been carefully decanted into sterile laboratory-grade 200ml flask-shape clear glass sample
bottles. 200ml is enough for 8 metric tots.

This is a unique opportunity to taste a pre-prohibition gin from a legendary Philadelphia distillery.

The price of £135 INCLUDES worldwide PRIORITY shipping, there are NO additional shipping costs.
We guarantee safe arrival of all bottles, and will replace or refund any parcel lost in transit
We have decanted this gin into sterile laboratory grade 200ml flask-shaped clear glass sample bottles.
Tasting notes on the gin, fromTed Breaux, pioneering US distiller and expert on historical spirits:

The gin is much lighter than the typically juniper-heavy London-dry style that dominates today.  It is far more like the lighter, sweeter Old Tom
style that was popular in both the UK and the U.S. toward the end of the 19th century, which was specified in many of the gin cocktails in the
earliest bartender guides - cocktails that aren't as enjoyable when overpowered by juniper.  What is significant is that it is isn't a 'Holland
gin' with malt wine base, but is an example of the newer style (for the period), which was based upon a redistillation of a neutral spirit -
something not possible until after the invention of the multi-plate alembic in the 1830s.
This remarkable cache of pre-prohibition rye, whiskey and gin is believed to originate
from casks purchased by John Welsh of Philadelphia, US ambassador
to Great Britain in the late 1870's.

The original owner writes:

The Hannisville Rye you purchased has been in my family since 1913 if not longer. Family lore
has it that the Hannisville Rye was distilled in 1863, was held in oak barrels for 50 years or until
1913 when it was put into the carboys now in your possession. The rye was purchase by my
great-great grandfather, John Welsh of Philadelphia who had served as Ambassador to the
Court of Saint James, 1877-1879. He purchased these rare spirits along with some other
friends in Philadelphia; I have located another family that has some of the same Hannisville
Rye. They too treat it as a family heirloom. The carboys you have were initially stored at the
Merchants Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. of Providence, RI. The storage tags were stapled
to the crates. The carboys were then moved to my great-father's summer home, Shadow Farm
in Wakefield, RI where they remained until 1985, when at my grandmother's death they were
moved to my parent's home in Saunderstown, RI. In 2003 the carboys came into my
possession at my mother's passing. For the first time in almost 100 years the Hannisville Rye
has passed from my family. I hope that you and your aficionados of rare fine spirits will enjoy
them.
VINTAGE "OLD TOM" STYLE GIN FROM THE HANNISVILLE CACHE
AN EXTINCT LIQUEUR - CREME DE THE DATING NOT LATER THAN 1850'S
Crème de Thé  - ex the fabled cellars of Badminton House, sold by Christies in 1989.
Superb crudely hand-blown mallet-shaped bottles, certainly not later than the 1850's, possibly as early as the 1790's.
This is a very rare opportunity to taste a liqueur now entirely extinct, more than a century and half old.

Crème de Thé was a staple of early distilling guides from the late eighteenth century. Its renown mirrored that of the China Tea from which it the
aficionado the chance to taste it is a life-enhancing thrill, to be savoured and appreciated as gourmets in Imperial Russia appreciated tasting a
sliver of mammoth steak, frozen for centuries in the Siberian tundra - an echo of something now gone for ever. These bottles are both very early -
first half of the 19th century or earlier - and of the finest possible quality, coming from the cellars of Badminton House, one of the greatest of all
English country house cellars, sold by Christies in the late 1980's.

Tasting note: Gorgeous pale limpid honey colour, tinged with green. Subtle and infinitely complex nose, China tea, angelica root, perhaps a hint
of eucalyptus. Full bodied and intensely sweet on the palate, with an almost ever-lasting persistence in the mouth. A privilege to taste!
Click on the button  to order one 50ml sample bottle of the
circa 1850 Badminton House Crème de Thé at GBP £95.

The Badminton House Crème de Thé has been carefully
decanted into sterile laboratory-grade 50ml amber glass
sample bottles. 50ml is enough for 2 metric tots.

This is a unique opportunity to taste a  now completely
extinct liqueur from bottles in excess of 150 years old.

The price of £95 INCLUDES worldwide PRIORITY shipping,
there are NO additional shipping costs. We guarantee safe
arrival of all bottles, and will replace or refund any parcel lost in
transit
Absinthe Pernod Fils, circa 1910
The benchmark absinthe of the Belle epoque, offered in 50ml tasting samples.
This is the classic "benchmark" absinthe of the Belle Epoque, the one against which all
others are judged (and which many experts both now and at the time considered the finest
of all). If you haven't yet sampled an authentic pre-ban absinthe  - the same absinthe drunk
by Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec - this is a great chance to do so, at a realistic price.
Every serious absinthe lover should taste a great original pre-ban absinthe like this at least
once.

The absinthe has been carefully decanted from the original bottles into 50ml laboratory
grade amber sample bottles. 50ml is enough for two full size glasses, or 4 small tasting
portions.

This bottle and the one above are from the same cellar, and contents of both bottles are
identical in colour, the lighter appearance of the second bottle is simply due to backlighting
in the photograph.
Click on the button below to order one 50ml sample bottle of the circa 1910 Absinthe
Pernod Fils at £145, worldwide shipping included.
Absinthe Fritz Duval 72 (Dubied Pere & Fils), circa 1910
The oldest of all absinthe marques, offered in 50ml tasting samples.
The absinthe has been carefully decanted from the original bottles into 50ml
laboratory grade amber sample bottles. 50ml is enough for two full size glasses,
or 4 small tasting portions.
Click on the button below to order one 50ml sample bottle of the circa 1910
Absinthe Duval 72 at £165, worldwide shipping included.
This is the oldest of all absinthe marques, predating even Pernod Fils. Fritz Duval was the successor company to
Dubied Pere et Fils, and the original Major Dubied was the man who bought the fabled original recipe for absinthe
from the Henriod sisters in the 1790's. So this absinthe is directly linked to the earliest origins of the drink. Bottled at
72 degrees (something reserved for only the finest and most expensive absinthes), surviving bottles are extremely
rare and tremendously sought after. A rare opportunity to taste a legendary absinthe!
Absinthe La Constantine 65 - Distillerie Constant Farcat, circa 1910
A unique find, the first intact bottle of "La Constantine" so far discovered.
Constant Farcat was a prominent Burgundy-based distiller specializing primarily in absinthe, but also making a well
known kirsch. Established in 1896, they remained in business up until the ban in 1914. Their beautifully named
absinthe "La Constantine" was a regional favorite, and was, unusually, sold in a clear glass bottle. This bottle likely
dates from around 1910.

This is a rich, full bodied, delicious absinthe with a noticeable wormwood quality on the aftertaste. Superb.
Click on the button  to order one 50ml sample bottle of the circa 1910
Absinthe Constant Farcat at GBP £135.

ONLY TWO SAMPLES LEFT!!

The price of £135 INCLUDES worldwide PRIORITY shipping.
The absinthe has been carefully decanted into 50ml sample bottles (50ml is enough for two large glasses, or 4
small tasting samples).