|Absinthe Premier Fils 65%
An exceptional absinthe bottle: an intact ABSINTHE PREMIER FILS, one of the greatest brands
of the Belle Epoque era. As you’ll see in the photos, it has the complete original branded
capsule, quite wonderful!
|Comoz "Absinthe des Alpes"
Established in 1870 in Chambery in the Savoie region, C. Comoz specialized in a unique
vermouth blanc (white vermouth) and an equally remarkable absinthe "Absinthe des Alpes",
based on a local recipe, and using mountain herbs.
The absinthe is extremely pale amber in colour, and louches almost white. My belief is that
this absinthe was originally a blanche, and the slight colour now is simply a result of a century
of ageing. It's not possible to say this with absolute certainty, it may instead have been an
exceptionally pale verte. The aroma and flavour of this absinthe are quite wonderful, very
floral, licorice root and green anise of the very finest quality are both noticeable, the louche
is thick and rich, and yet the absinthe has an extraordinarily refined feel in the mouth, very
feminine and perfumed in character. Really quite remarkable!
|Absinthe Pernod Fils "Garanti Fabriqué en 1913"
This is the classic "benchmark" Pernod Fils with the labels overprinted "Fabriqué en 1913"
(made in 1913). This is a very rare bottling - these bottles were the very last stock produced
by Pernod before the ban in 1914. They were sent to Holland for safekeeping and a small
quantity were released 25 years later for export in 1938 with this special overprinted label.
The balance of the stocks was unfortunately destroyed by bombing during the war. Photos
show the bottle still covered in the original cellar dust!
|Other Spirits, Vintage Bitters & Liqueurs
Gin, Kummel, Fernet Branca, Amer Picon, Dom Benedictine, Genever
|A little light relief and considerably less expensive than the classic spirits we generally deal with. Unusual
and hard to find vintage spirits and liqueurs: Kümmel, the great caraway and cumin liquor; Dutch jenever;
Benedictine, second only to Chartreuse in the pantheon of French liqueurs, Grand Marnier, the king of
triple sec; aperitifs and bitters... the list is endless.
|Some previously sold bottles of vintage liqueurs:
|A superb collection of vintage Fernet Branca
|Crème de Thé - ex the fabled cellars of Badminton House
Superb crudely hand-blown mallet-shaped bottles, certainly not later than the
1850's, possibly as early as the 1790's. 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 was made. It reached a peak of popularity in the
late 19th century, and then fell into slow but inexorable decline.
|Guillot Triple Sec
1940's, beautiful bottle.
|Wisniowka Polish Cherry Cordial
1950's bottle, a scarce survival.
|Gordon's Special Dry London Gin circa late 1930's
Rare early pre-war bottling. Scarce in this sort of condition.
|Tanqueray English Gin circa 1960's
Superb condition & a great gin.
|Burnett's London Dry Gin circa 1960's
A highly regarded gin.
|Oldmoor London Dry Lemon Gin circa 1960's
A very rare survival.
|Grand Marnier Grande Champagne 1830
A special cuvée bottled by Marnier-Lapostolle around 1925, based
on pre-phylloxera cognac from 1830. The Grand Marnier director
saw these bottles and was very impressed by their great rarity.
|Bols Kümmel circa 1930's
Excellent level, tatty label but otherwise good condition.
|Echte Moutwijn Jenever circa 1940's
Old pencil marking "1947" on label. Excellent level, very good condition.
|Joachim Kümmel circa 1900
A very rare early kummel bottle, label stained but absolutely intact.
|G.Picon Amer Picon circa 1920
A superb bottle of this classic French aperitif, combining orange essence with a gentiane
base. A very rare bottle, especially in this sort of near-mint condition.
|Dom Benedictine circa 1930's
Excellent level, very good condition.
|Cusenier Crème de Cassis circa 1890 - 1900
|Liqueur du Père Kermann 1921
Just like Chartreuse, Père Kermann was a digestive liqueur sold in 2 versions: yellow
and green. This is the yellow liqueur, made in 1921, as stated on the label.
A beautiful and very rare bottle in perfect condition. The bottle is sealed by wax, a
stamp, and a lovely medallion made of lead. 1 liter.
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|Amer Picon Philippeville circa 1900
A very rare hand-blown bottle with an excellent level. A classic French aperitif,
combining orange essence with a gentiane base.
|Amer Picon circa 1920-30
A classic French aperitif, combining orange essence with a gentiane base.