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Best Syrup brand discussion
hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-10 7:50 pm   Permalink

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these brands? Which do you prefer?

Monin
Torani
Davincigourmet

I am mostly interested in the Passion Fruit and Orgeat flavors.
(but feel free to discuss other flavors)

I heard a disadvantage of Monin Orgeat is that you have to use less then a recipe calls for because it is strong.
I heard the Monin Passion Fruit syrup is the proper strength for recipes.
Another advantage of Monin is that you cal also purchace a 1/4th oz pump.

Which brand do you recommend?


 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2005-08-10 7:54 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-08-10 19:50, hypr wrote:

Which brand do you recommend?



Trader Vic's. Period.
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tikicleen
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Posted: 2005-08-10 7:59 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:54, Doctor Z wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:50, hypr wrote:

Which brand do you recommend?



Trader Vic's. Period.





the hat and i second that!
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hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-10 8:07 pm   Permalink

I did not list trader vics Because i do not want to pay like 15$ shipping for it

 
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hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-10 8:31 pm   Permalink

Perhaps I should have labeled this thread as best non Trader Vic brand syrup.

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2005-08-10 8:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:50, hypr wrote:
I heard a disadvantage of Monin Orgeat is that you have to use less then a recipe calls for because it is strong.



Since you are concerned about costs, wouldn't this be an advantage?


 
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hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-10 8:45 pm   Permalink

Would there be any reason why somebody picks Torani over Monin and vice versa..

 
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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2005-08-10 10:43 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:59, tikicleen wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:54, Doctor Z wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-08-10 19:50, hypr wrote:

Which brand do you recommend?



Trader Vic's. Period.





the hat and i second that!




Thirded. At least for the passion fruit and orgeat, definitely Vic's. After that I would take Monin over Torani and DaVinci. Torani and DaVinci are coffee syrups. Vic's are for cocktails.


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2005-08-11 07:15 am   Permalink

Vic's and Monin Passion Fruit are the only ones with actual passion fruit in them- Torani is just flavoring. I find the Monin to be be too strong in a drink and prefer the Vic's here. There are several Monin lovers on this board, however- I think one of them is in the holy land right now.

I usually use Torani for Orgeat, but I like the Vic's as well. Vic's Ko-Ko Kreme is the only bad one from them- better to stick with Coco Lopez. Lopez is the only one I've founsd where coconut is listed as the first ingedient.


 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2005-08-11 08:15 am   Permalink

Personally I prefer the Monin Passion Fruit Syrup.

Try it in the Reverb Crash...outstanding.
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hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-11 1:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-08-11 07:15, martiki wrote:
I usually use Torani for Orgeat, but I like the Vic's as well.



martiki: Do you prefer the Torani Orgeat over the Monin brand?
Is the flavor in the Torani Orgeat weaker then the Monin?


 
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kick_the_reverb
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Posted: 2005-08-11 1:55 pm   Permalink

martiki & Kon-Hemsby:thanks for the nod in my direction...I've been back for a week, and let me get back on the subject:
I'm a strong advocate of the Monin brand, but have tried others.
Orgeat - the Monin is very strong and complex, a little similar to Trader Vic's. Torani has that "fake candy" flavor, and I wouldn't use it by itself. However, in a Mai Tai, I have found that just using Monin or TV Orgeat leaves the drink lacking a certain amount of the "fake candy" hint that I experienced whenever I ordered a Mai Tai in Trader Vic's, so I made a little bottle that has Monin mixed with some Torani just for use in Mai Tais.

Passion Fruit - The Monin is sweeter than Trader Vic's, but not drastically. I havn't made a side by side comparison, so I might be wrong. I like the taste of Monin better. the Reverb Crash, btw, was developed using Monin syrups, becasue that was what was available to me at the holly land.
I wouldn't use Torani passion fruit (or DaVinci), becasue they don't have fruit content, IIRC.

BTW - pay no more than $6 per bottle of Monin. Otherwise, you're getting ripped off.

Hope this helps,
Ran


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mbanu
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Posted: 2005-08-11 2:09 pm   Permalink

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[i]I heard a disadvantage of Monin Orgeat is that you have to use less then a recipe calls for because it is strong.



That means it's authentic. that's the reason why the original mai tai recipe called for a blend of half orgeat and half simple syrup instead of all orgeat.


 
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hypr
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Posted: 2005-08-12 3:23 pm   Permalink

I found a great article on syrups at http://www.spiritone.com/~nabil/syrup.html
Aaron's Flavored Syrup Page

He also gives reviews of some flavors:
The Best! Buy these! Yum!
Monin Almond (Orgeat)
Unexpectedly yummy!

He talks about the life of syrups:
Torani is an "extract" style syrup, while Monin is more like a "concentrate" or "juice". Unfortunately Monin flavors don't seem to be as stable as Torani in storage. The average Torani syrup is probably still OK after 2 years, the average Monin about 6 months.

Does anybody have Monin thats more than 6 months old?


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Moki
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Posted: 2005-08-12 5:42 pm   Permalink

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Does anybody have Monin thats more than 6 months old?




Not in our house !!


 
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