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Grappa - American Grappa Di Muscatto

 

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American Grappa Di Muscatto
Empire Winery and Distillery, New Port Richey, Florida

Ingredients: Muscat Grape Pomace
PROOF: 80 (40%) 
AGE: Not Applicable
TYPE: American, Grappa (Grapes)

PRICE: $ 30.00 - 750 ML 

 

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Notes: This is a new grappa to the market produced by a fouth generation distiller with a passion for perfection. Distilled in a copper pot still in small batches from Muscat grape pomace. They also produce an excellent Rye Vodka, Orange Liqueur, Lime Liquor, and Mead.

AppearanceCrystal clear, no sediment whatsoever, or separation. Nice body to it. On swirling, it leaves a a thin clear coat on the inside of the glass, legs forming after a bit.

First Impression: Flowery muscat aroma with briny notes to it.

TasteGrapes, buttery almonds, saltwater taffy, stony, mineral quality to it - quicksilver feel on the tongue. Appropriate amount of heat to the finish.

DrinksOf course my Sicilian friends (especially the older ones) have this with their morning coffee before hunting (or a lot of other mornings too).

Cigars: Parodi - What else would you have grappa with?

Final Thoughts: Grappa has suffered from a terrible reputation as either:

A: Some homemade moonshine by an ancient relative;

B: One of the cheap mass produced grappas that was shipped over here because no one in Italy would drink it.

C: Some of the American attempts.

For an American-made grappa, this is outstanding. Most of the field I would not use to remove the tar from my car. This, on the other hand, has proven that properly made grappa here in America is a excellent alternative to the expensive boutique type imported from Italy - something I would not have thought possible before trying this.

Bottle: Distinctive, tall, clear glass bottle with simple paper labels and gold neck wrap. Good quality cork stopper completes the package.

Web site: http://www.empirewineryanddistillery.com

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