Amaro — FranceTastedNeon rose orange color--beautiful. Floral, orange, and sweet in the nose and mouth, and then bitter edge comes on in the finish. Medium light body. Similar to Aperol but lighter, less bitter. Drink as an aperitif or mix like Aperol in cocktails.
Dry Fly Barrel Aged Gin
Barrel-Aged Gin — Washington, USATastedWoody floral nose. Sweet wood and ethanol on the tongue, with some juniper and mint. Thin finish, alcohol lingering. Interesting barrel rested gin for mixing.
M. G. Vallindras, Kitron, Naxos
Fruit Liqueurs — GreeceTasted33% ABV, from Halki, Naxos, Greece. Made from leaves of the kitron tree (and other herbs) steeped and distilled in neutral wheat alcohol base. Like limoncello, but more herbal, not overly sweet, no alcohol burn. A beautiful clear local distillate with personality and craftsmanship.
Anise Liqueurs — GreeceTasted38 % ABV. Made on Naxos, Greece. Clear, thin, and a little alcohol burn. Good anise flavor, but not complex.
Tsantali Olympic Ouzo
Anise Liqueurs — GreeceTasted40 ABV. Prominent Greek wine and ouzo producer. Olympic ouzo is a lower line. Clear color, medium mouthfeel, strong anise and herbal flavor, sweet and little alcohol burn. Loaches nicely with water or ice
Haig Gold Label
Blended — ScotlandTastedLight color, thin body. Medium smoke and earth, light cereal grain in the mouth, thin short finish. Meh.
Other Brandy — GreeceTastedMetaxa is made by diluting aged cask strength grape brandy with muscat wine and botanicals (like anise, rose petals, etc). Each star represents a year's ageing. 40 ABV. Flavor of the five star is honey floral and fruit, wood with a ethanol bite (compared to the 7 star). Thin quick finish. Sip room temp or with ice.
Grappa/Marc — Greece, IsraelTastedMetaxa is made by diluting aged cask strength grape brandy with muscat wine and botanicals (like anise, rose petals, etc). Each star represents a year's ageing. 40 ABV. Flavor is light and smooth, floral, honey and fruit, wood with a wine quality. Thin finish. Sip room temp or with ice.
Hayman's Old Tom Gin
Old Tom Gin — EnglandTastedFloral and juniper nose, juniper and herbal on the tongue. Very sweet through the finish, taking the bite out of the juniper and botanicals. Thick and rich and sweet, round and soft in the mouth. This is one to drink straight, with ice, but it also makes for an interesting twist on gin-forward cocktails.
Calvados Boulard VSOP
Calvados — Calvados Pays d'Auge, FranceTastedLight floral, rotting wood and apple sweetness. Not overly complex, but ok to sip and better mixed in a cocktail.