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Staff Favorites - Shaun Green

Shaun Green

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Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-19-2019
The quality of the Egrot Brut based on 2008 isn't as surprising when you consider that it is almost all Grand Cru Ay fruit (80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chard)and benefits from the wonderful talents of the Egrot team. The small does of Mutigny fruit provides a lovely texture and creamy notes layered over a nicely chalked minerality. Superb!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
You don't become one of the world's best selling Rose Champagnes for no reason. The all Pinot Noir, all Grand Cru LP Rose is truly a gem - rich and plenty powerful, with a palate of lightly spiced raspberry and wild strawberry fruit and a creamy finish and framed by perfect acidity. Somehow LP manages to combine richness and elegance into one stunning Champagne.

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
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Who doesn't love Bolli! 007, The gals from Ab Fab, and us! Seriously this has always been a favorite, likely due to its generous use of reserve wines and meticulous winemaking, the bold rich and nutty presence and light zesty lemon peel highlights are truly hard to resist
Top Value!

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
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Here's a very unique, complex and rich Champagne that any Champagne lover needs to try. Powerful with rich hazelnut, exotic fruits and spice box notes, lovely citrus peel and a layer of beautiful sweet chalky minerality. The long ageing in a 'solera' style adds to the unusual complexity and intrigue of this Champagne. All this at an unbelievable price for the quality.
Top Value!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Billecart Salmon is one of the most consistent and ever reliably great rose Champagnes. A constant favorite with customers and staff alike, it's hard to find fault with anything about this one. Richly bold and lovely red fruit flavors dominate this true classic.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
K&L has a long and happy relationship with Billecart Salmon and the Brut Reserve is as lively and exuberant as ever. Lovely lemony fruit and an enticing candied citrus peel not are lifted by the brightness and clarity. Always a hit!

2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Another Awesome result from Egrot in a less than easy vintage. Some winemakers have this special talent and it has become clear they do as well. The exceptional richness is immediately apparent and a rich creamy mousse suggests this beauty accompanying you to a luxurious evening relaxing with Champagne as well as pairing with rich seafood such as tuna or salmon.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2009 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Grand Cru Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Seriously? Vintage Grand Cru Champagne at this price? Oh yes, don't let this low price deter you, it's great. Round and supple in texture with lovely tangerine and apricot notes and a creamy nuttiness buried within. The vintage didn't require a dosage, the powerful fruit produced a great Champagne without it. It's the type of Champagne you can pour for almost anyone including many who think they don't like Champagne.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
I loved the Champagnes as E. Goutorbe and still love them as Egrot! 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chard. Extra Brut throws a lot of us off, but it really is just the dry end of Brut. The wine itself has nice angularity and crispness in a very dry style. The grams/liter really only can be understood in relation to the acidity and fruit ripeness - this bottling has a wonderful balance here and just begs for a plate of oysters.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2012 Michel Arnould "Memoire de Vignes" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Wonderfully powerful and with layers of complexity, the Memoire is an astonishingly great Champagne. Dark fruits give way to creamy cracker notes then to nuttiness, red fruits and a long finish, all the while maintaining grace and poise in the glass. This quite small production is always a favorite value in luxury cuvee Champagne.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
Verzenay has the distinction of being north facing, yet decidedly warmer and able to produce wonderful Pinot Noir. The Michel Arnould Reserve uses this (75% Pinot Noir) to produce a wonderfully rich and mouth filling champagne with a charming fruit profile combining white peachy fruit and red berries. A layer of creamy nuttiness is the perfect compliment and lovely acidity holds it all together perfectly.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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Baron-Fuenté "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-05-2019
If you've made it to here you already know most of the staff are huge fans of this amazing bargain. True Champagne at this price can make one doubt, but one glass will prove it to you. It's no cheap knock off, this is the real deal!
Top Value!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Donnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Trocken
Review Date: 01-22-2019
Stunning dry and elegant, the purity of riesling fruit loaded with white peach is crisped up with great acidity and a quite dry finish. Very refined fine minerals and pretty white floral notes. A perfect wine for food pairing as it is quite versatile and will match with even difficult foods to pair.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese
Review Date: 01-22-2019
A beautiful example of Spatlese in the elegant Donnhoff style. Elegant and pretty but with a nice somewhat rich middle giving a juicy fleshiness. The acidity is beautifully matched and crisps up the sweetness. The fine slate minerality flows through from start to finish and the purity of fruit lingers in a long finish.
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart
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Dérot-Delugny "Cuvée Fondateurs" Brut
Review Date: 01-16-2019
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We all know Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from Champagne, but a small fraction (less than 1%) of the vines are of 4 other heritage varietals including Pinot Gris (Fromenteau) from which this beauty is made. This rare gem is a definite must for the lover of history and heritage crops and of course any Champagne lover. The Champagne really surprises right from the initial aromas which are remarkably rich. The flavors follow through with very lively acidity, absolutely dancing on the tongue and a clear bright palate of apple, pear and quince. The wonderful influence of lees compliments the palate perfectly and a lingering finish lures you back for more. What a great find!
Top Value!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Old Forester K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #0755 (Warehouse H, Floor 7) Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 12-11-2018
Fantastic old school Bourbon, the kind we remember drinking in the past! Dry and creamy with wonderful smoky wood, notes of spice a nice smooth mid palate and fine finish. This is how Bourbon used to be and I love it!
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2012 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 12-05-2018
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The beautifully elegant Roederer Estate l'Ermitage is one of the best sparklers California produces. Lovely crisp and fresh with a tiny touch of spice and exotic crisp pear fruit laced with just a note of tangerine peel. Dry, refined and complex - just what you would expect from the French house of Louis Roederer to produce in California

2016 Angels & Cowboys Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 11-26-2018
The Red blend from Angels & Cowboys really finds a great balance between big flashy zins and more complex 'Bordeaux' style zins - and at a great price. The brambly fruit is held up by a nice dose of fine tannins and accented with lovely black spices and a touch of vanilla. Rich and giving with lots of wild berried fruits coating the palate. Bravo for a great Zin Blend!
Price: $19.95 Add To Cart
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Savage & Cooke "Second Glance" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength American Whiskey
Review Date: 11-07-2018
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Now here's something really special in the whisky world! What a great combination of cask and whisky here - The Zin barrels really add a zesty spice to a rich corn based spirit. Full and round and with a nice sweet touch without ever being cloying - a touch of water really brings out a rich note of malt on the nose. The color seems quite intense likely influenced a lot by the wine barrels.
Top Value!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

1991 Invergordon 26 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 09-12-2018
When a single grain Scottish whisky hits it right, the experience is incredible. The Invergordon 26 definitely hits the mark. Very smooth and creamy texture even at full proof, it opens and becomes more fruity and honeyed. Non peaty and extremely high quality whisky with age, elegance and power - and at an extremely attractive price. Don't let the single grain designation throw you, it's fantastic! What's not to like here...
Top Value!
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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There's not a lot more to say about this one, it a no-brainer! Grand Cru Champagne of this quality at this price is just not to be missed.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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This lower pressure Champagne, coming from the single vineyard Chetillons is another astounding deal from Launois. The soft creamy feel of the mousse and the long lingering palate feel showing sweetcake and creamy apple richness mid-palate flows to a long lingering finish (another Grand Cru at this price!) .... what's not to like?
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Veuve Clemence" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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I love the freshness of the Veuve Clemence. From pickings on the upper and lower parts of the slopes in all Grand Cru vineyards. The Champagne is wonderfully complex, but the crisp apple fruit component of the palate shows through brilliantly and subtle hints of spices are woven throughout. Another incredible deal in Grand Cru Champagne.
Top Value!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Launois "Severine" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 08-23-2018
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Wow, this is something special and different! All Mesnil fruit in oak barrels made from Mesnil Oak - like a double Grand Cru. The Mesnil Oak lends a delicious oaky note with a wonderfully unusual and enticing oily texture. Mid slope Mesnil pickings give classic GC fruit and power
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Smooth Ambler "Big Level" Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2018
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The heavy on corn and wheat bill gives us a rich and creamy caramel and maple laced Bourbon that is remarkably smooth and gentle for a 100 proof whiskey. Less spice and more bright edges, with a long and seductive finish. This one was hard to put down even tasting at work!
Top Value!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2016 Helen's Hill "Ingram Road" Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 07-03-2018
The Ingram Road Chardonnay had us thinking of a mini Chassagne, fairly balanced with crisp acidity, minerality and a great toasty note as well as a slight nuttiness that compliments the fresh fruitiness of the mid palate. Finishing off with a nice creamy note, this is sure to be a huge hit for fans of French as well as new world chardonnay!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2017 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 06-20-2018
Consistent with Brane Cantenac's recent successes, the 2017 is showing absolutely lovely in barrel samples. Elegant and silken classic Margaux with lovely pure and vibrant fruit. Nicely structured for ageing a decade or two, I'm definitely putting some of this into my cellar!
Top Value!

2017 Franck Millet Sancerre Rosé
Review Date: 05-22-2018
I have to admit a complete addiction to this wine. Year after year I fall in love with this soft Pinot Noir rose from Sancerre. Beautiful dry pure red fruits and just the perfect amount of light tannins to make a fantastic summertime sip.
Top Value!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

1977 Taylor Vintage Port
Review Date: 12-13-2017
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Always a favorite of mine from the 1977 vintage, the Taylor is now (2017) drinking beautifully and still showing it's complex house style of plenty of rich mid palate fruit, sweet and dark with an incredible violet and rose petal overlay with a lovely silken finish. The finesse that this port has developed over the years compliments the still noticeable power perfectly.

2008 Le Brun de Neuville "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 08-08-2017
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Of course the great '08 Vintage Champagne from anywhere is in high demand, but once a few customers get to try this beauty it should disappear quickly. The nose is incredibly intriguing leading you right into a full palate of layers of complexity. Lovely and rich with a ripe apple delicious fruit braced by an nice crisp acidity. The 8+ years on lees is nicely evident without being overwhelming
Top Value!
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Greywacke Chardonnay Marlborough
Review Date: 07-10-2017
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Blind I thought this was a much higher end Chardonnay. Although the new world ripeness shows through, there are a lot of Burgundian qualities here, a lovely flinty smoky hazelnut nose, rich and expressive layered over beautiful peach laced ripe apple fruit. The oak while present is not overwhelming at all, and absorbs well into the mid palate. Framed with lovely acidity and a stony edge to the finish there is little to argue with here, its' a lovely complex chardonnay at a fantastic price.
Top Value!

Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-06-2017
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The Grand Siecle is one of those 'under the radar' stunning luxury cuvee Champagnes that simply blows away most of the more well known big guns. The Creamy leesy lightly toasty nose gives way to a palate of rich round creamy lightly spiced baked apple. Very very classy and elegant for such a rich wine, this will make any special occasion even that much more special. My favorite sub $500 Luxury cuvee.
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Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-06-2017
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How do you make a classic pleasing Champagne even better? Bring in some new spectacular fruit sources including a lot of Grand Cru Chardonnay and add 'La Cuvee' to the name. The replacement for the LP Brut is just fantastic! It shows a more creamy nose next to the previous LP, and a finer more mineral driven palate impression. The round and fairly ripe apple and peach middle has an appealing steely core, and a chalky minerality underpinning it all. Even more refined than the Champagne it replaces, LP has an even better winner on their hands here.
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Baron de Lustrac 25 Year Old Brut de Fut Bas Armagnac (750ml)
Review Date: 11-22-2016
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Here's a great value on a 25 year old Armagnac from a truly historic property. Complex and rich with a beautiful deep nose and a broad palate almost creamy in texture. A definite must for any Cognac/Armagnac lover!
Top Value!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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Siembra Valles "Ancestral" Blanco Tequila (750ml)
Review Date: 11-21-2016
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OK, I have to admit I'm more of a Scotch and Cognac drinker so a Tequila has to be off the charts to make me think I want to write up something. This is THE best Tequila I have ever sipped. Pure, bright and elegant are not always the descriptors you expect of a Tequila, but this fits the bill precisely. The nose is absolutely charming with a pure agave quality interlaced with aromas of lime, spice and a note of aromatic pine. On the palate it is wonderfully complex, a bit smoky, oaky and spicy with citrus and that beautiful quince like fruitiness great Tequila always shows me. The story is captivating enough to make you want to try it, but the experience will bring you back for more. Bravo!
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

Boulard-Bauquaire "Trepail" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-04-2016
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Oh wow, I tasted this and immediately bought a case. It's amazing to find any Champagne from seriously old vines at all, much less at this price. Rich and creamy as you would expect from all my colleagues' reviews and one of the best deals in Champagne in the store.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-17-2016
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The magnum of the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is even better than the Champagne in .750 which is truly a statement. The .750 is rich and opulent but the magnum lends yet another overlaying note of refined elegance to the package. It is often repeated that Champagne is best made in magnums, and this bottle is definitely an argument to that truth.

Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 05-17-2016
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Simply delicious, the Charles Heidsieck Champagnes have improved so drastically lately that if you haven't tried them recently you owe it to yourself to try one now. Bold nutty, toasty and rich, but not lumbering or cloying - it has a lovely acidity to finish it off. Bravo!

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 02-04-2016
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A very cool and unusual gin from Spain! Distilled from Olives, Thyme, Rosemary and Basil, this gin is almost a martini in itself. The thyme is the forward aromatic so the herbal notes are very fine, and wonderful citrus overtones provide freshness and zip. There is a fantastic and equally fresh subtly minty quality on the finish that I love. Absolutely delicious.
Top Value!
Price: $33.99 Add To Cart

Copper & Kings "Butchertown" Reserve Casks Brandy (750ml)
Review Date: 11-18-2015
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Wow! This was really fantastic from a great new distillery. Rich and full with a nice roundness that draws you to the next sip. Great Job Copper & Kings!
Top Value!
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Cut Spike Nebraska Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-22-2015
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Wow, this 3rd evolution of Cut Spike is a little different but even better. Tropical fruits, ginger and a wonderful spicy wood on the nose move along to a beautiful mid palate of soft fruity lime and papaya, gentle Asian spice and lemon grass, then flow through to a smooth finish showing orange blossom, kaffir lime and notes of that wonderful vanilla the last offering had. Very unique and impressive - and a must for any whisky lover.
Top Value!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

The Durand Corkscrew for Removal of Old Corks with Confidence
Review Date: 06-23-2015
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Simply the best corkscrew we have ever offered, and the best I've ever used.
Price: $124.99 Add To Cart

Louise Brison "L'Impertinente" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2015
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Wow, not sure what is impertinent about this wine, it's spectacular and lovely. A wonderfully red fruit nose and a richer elegance on the palate, dry with a long finish. And for a rosé at this price it is a serious price performer.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Michel Couvreur "Peaty Overaged" K&L Exclusive Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 10-07-2014
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I love it! Super creamy with a mild peat, lovely sherry character and an absolutely wonderful sexy texture on the palate. What an amazingly charming whiskey!
Top Value!
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 07-15-2014
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I hardly need to second the choices of David, but wow this one is very cool! Its rich, deep color at first made me worry that this was going to be a little too woody and sweet, but the nose suddenly changed that. Very full and deep with a somewhat roasted nut nose, and on the palate it has nice, long walnut, vanilla, barley and subtle raisin and caramel notes. Delicious and mouth-filling, yet vibrant and zesty. It has just enough sweet notes and a fantastic finish. The closest I've seen to a single malt Scotch from the U.S.!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 03-12-2013
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What a deal for a Brut Rose. Perfectly dry and crisp with red currant/strawberry fruit and a crisp clean finish.
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-12-2013
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What a value! Another great find by Gary Westby. Lovely bread/cracker notes, fairly rich but with a good highlighting tartness. Clean finish and a lovely texturaly fine mousse.
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2012
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Exactly what I want in special occasion Champagne - rich hazelnut cream, spicy baked apple, notes of honey and a wonderfully toasty overlay, yet it has great acidity and is still fresh - a wonderful balancing act. Perfect bubbles and silky palate texture,this is perfection in a bottle. Heidsieck has spent a huge amount of effort on quality across the range of their Champagnes, and this is absolutely spectacular!
Drink from 2012 to 2012

Cappellano Barolo Chinato 500ml
Review Date: 08-22-2012
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If you have not experienced Chinato yet, you don't know what you're missing - and this is about as good as it gets. The wonderful aromatics of Barolo combined with herbs to create a magically wonderful concoction. Traditionally used to soothe the stomach after a wonderful meal, a lot of us now use it as a liqueur. The slightly bitter herbs and roots are strangely alluring and completely different.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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