Haus Alpenz had a tasting room at Manhattan Cocktail Classic last month. There brought many wonderful products including a full range of Cocchi. I am most familiar with Barolo Chinato Cocchi, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and Cocchi Americano but did you know they had sparkling wines as well? I tried the Asti which was as expected light and sweet and the brut was drier. I probably should have also tried the others but I had so many to taste in the room.
I spied the Rothman and Winter liqueurs which I was about to try but ended up tasting the Pear Williams Eau di Vie. What I like about these are they aren’t too sweet or artificial tasting. Next, I spotted one of my faves- Zirbenz. There is a certain truth to tastes changing as you get older. I have found liking more bitter things and I’m always looking for something new. When I first tried Zirbenz at the Vesper Bar in Las Vegas, I’m always delighted to see it in cocktails because it represents cocktails trending towards less sickly sweet, more mature drinks.
I also enjoy St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and it was nice to try this neat. It is like Christmas in a glass and goes so well in rum cocktails.
There was also Zucca and Cardamaro but I have tasted both before and liked them. I did try the Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur. It’s less cloying than some other walnut amari I’ve tried.
Next I walked over to the table full of Dolin and related products. I tried Byrrh and then later was delighted to find it already on Formosa’s new cocktail list in LA. They also carry Salers which is more dry. But what I really loved was the Dolin Liqueur de Genepi which taste very similar to Green Chartreuse. the Haus Alpenz representative explained it would be a much more affordable bottle than Chartreuse.
Moving on, I skipped the Hayman’s Old Tom gin as it’s not my favorite style but I was intrigued by the Royal Dock Gin, a navy strength gin. I LOVED this one. I wouldn’t mind a few cocktails made with this gin.
I look forward to trying more from the Haus Alpenz portfolio soon.
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