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Velvet Falernum to the US
Little fragrant Tiare
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Posted: 2008-02-15 4:16 pm   Permalink


Here is a link:

http://www.ministryofrum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=914

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martiki
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Posted: 2008-02-16 7:47 pm   Permalink

I am so pleased to hear that Eric got a hold of it- he told me about it a few days ago- I was actually the one that suggested he go after the import rights, and I'm stoked it worked out. Wish I got a cut!

 
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pablus
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Posted: 2008-02-16 8:49 pm   Permalink


I hear Jeff Berry is scuttling the whole deal.

Just kidding.

Vive le velours!


 
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tikibars
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From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2008-02-16 9:50 pm   Permalink

How will this product differ from the John D. Taylor's Velvet falernum that is currently available here in the USA?

Or is it just a transfer of distributorship to make it more widely available?

I have never had a problem getting it here in Chicago...


 
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van Oosten
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From: Batavia
Posted: 2008-02-17 04:46 am   Permalink

Full credit to Martiki for the initial suggestion. As I learned from him and subsequently echoed by many others in San Francisco and New York, the Taylor's Velvet Falernum had been out of stock for quite some time with no clear indication of timing for it's return. The message was clear - it's a high priority item and needs to be available. Our initial inventory is expected into the NJ warehouse in early-March and will fan out from there (we'll post updates at the alpenz website). Thanks again Martiki and the many of you who asked!

 
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sneakyjack
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2008-02-17 09:52 am   Permalink

I just ordered a case of Velvet Falernum from my local Liquor store. The guy running it had never heard of it or sold it. We looked it up in his distributors book and found it he said he gets deliveries almost everyday "so if its in the book they have it" I'll let you know if / when the case shows up. "should be early this week".

stay tuned

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CarvenImage
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Posted: 2008-02-18 8:45 pm   Permalink

I wasn't able to find any at our local liquor store, but I did find this:

* Zest from 10 limes
* 10 cloves
* 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
* 1 liter white rum

Marinate together for 24 hours. Strain and store in a cool place.

Mix 8 oz. of rum marinade with 1 quart of simple syrup.

I'm just starting to put together a Drinks section on my web site and posted this and an orgeat recipe just today! More will come, and I'll post the URL after I get at least a couple of dozen good Drinks posted. I'm digging through some old posts here for some ideas.
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Melintur
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2008-02-19 1:59 pm   Permalink

I think you'll find you'll need more than 10 cloves in that recipe - My personal recipe is about 40. I vary mine based on the wonderful Paul Clarke's recipe.

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sneakyjack
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2008-03-04 1:13 pm   Permalink

Got a call from my liquor store guy - they no gots any more - back to the drawing board. Any help?- besides makin it myself? Fee bros? - any good?

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badpelican
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From: Everett, WA
Posted: 2008-03-04 3:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-04 13:13, sneakyjack wrote:
Got a call from my liquor store guy - they no gots any more - back to the drawing board. Any help?- besides makin it myself? Fee bros? - any good?




I used Fee bros and Velvet Falernum in the same drink recently (for a scientific A/B taste test). Unfortunately I forgot to write my results down. I had a few more drinks after that apparently. As I recall there was a slight difference between the two but both were quite enjoyable. I got the Velvet Falernum from:
http://www.internetwines.com/rws33161.html but alas they are now out of stock.

I got the Fee Bros from amazon.com for 10 bucks a quart.
I never tried making it myself, seems like too much work. Squeezing limes is about as involved as I want to get come the cocktail hour.


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edurban
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From: New York, NY
Posted: 2008-03-04 10:19 pm   Permalink

I like Gosling's Bermuda Falernum best, (I think it's what they use in the Swizzle Inn's famous Rum Swizzles.) Unfortunately, Gosling's has no plans to export it to the US, so the only way you can get some is by going to Bermuda--thought there are certainly worse places to visit. We've laid in a pretty good supply on past trips, which means that even though we have no immediate plans to go back to that beautiful island, at our current rate of consumption, we still have a 37 year supply left! Best to all, David

 
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foamy
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From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2008-03-06 07:53 am   Permalink

What's in Fee Brother's Falernum? Is there any alcohol? I'm wondering because their web listings are all syrups and such.

 
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badpelican
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Posted: 2008-03-06 09:00 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-06 07:53, foamy wrote:
What's in Fee Brother's Falernum? Is there any alcohol? I'm wondering because their web listings are all syrups and such.


No alcohol in Fee Brothers... Many say it is the best available (commercially available) option for making tropical drinks.


 
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foamy
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From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2008-03-06 09:48 am   Permalink

Okay, thanks for filling me in.

My next question is: If Fee Bros. non-alcohol is considered the best for tropicals (and I've seen it recommended in Berry's books if I'm not mistaken), how does the Taylor Falernum do in cocktails? Is it fine? Or, what is the taste difference? Should I hesitate to use the Taylor in my cocktails?

Thanks for the replies.


 
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bewarethe151
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2008-03-07 1:43 pm   Permalink

I know that this subject has been discussed in the past, but, again... Has anyone, recently, tried the Fee Brothers Falernum, side by side, with the Taylor Velvet Falernum? I did so, again, last night thinking that I was missing something. The Fee Brothers tastes like a very sweet lime syrup and not much else. Yes, there are some subtle hints of a few other ingredients, and I mean subtle. The Taylor is alive with all of the listed ingredients. And, also, has not the Taylor Velvet Falernum been available in the US for the past 2 years? California has had it since 2005.

 
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