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Is there anyone who is alcoholically educated who could explain grappa to me? I do understsand where it comes from/how it's made. There are a number of bottles of Alexander and Le Dic'Otto Lune grappa for essentially half off, and I would like to know what I am getting myself into with them.
 

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I don't know those makers -- all my grappas are Poli or Nonino.

Regardless, (and for the most part) grappas are absolute firewater where 95%+ of the intellectual action is in the nose. There, they are splendour. Some of the better makers do imbue the taste with character of the grape, but it's not the common result.

As a whisky man, I prefer grappas that have some barrel age on them as it is more pleasing to my tongu -- you can easily differentiate them as they are not clear.

As that what you wanted to know?

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yeah thats what I want, the shit thats left over when theyre done making the good shit...
 

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Alexander is an excellent Grappa producer. Which are the bottles they have at a discount?

I have a bottle of Alexander Grappa in a spritzer bottle, think cologne bottle, that gets sprayed on top on an espresso, bunch of grapes and such and it is awesome.
 

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Exactly what I was looking for Huntsman. Much obliged.

Originally Posted by Huntsman
I don't know those makers -- all my grappas are Poli or Nonino.

Regardless, (and for the most part) grappas are absolute firewater where 95%+ of the intellectual action is in the nose. There, they are splendour. Some of the better makers do imbue the taste with character of the grape, but it's not the common result.

As a whisky man, I prefer grappas that have some barrel age on them as it is more pleasing to my tongu -- you can easily differentiate them as they are not clear.

As that what you wanted to know?

~ Huntsman
 

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Had some tonight at Il Mulino, they include it. Most epensive Italian meal of my life, by far. Easily worth it. So so so good.
 

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Originally Posted by denning
Is there anyone who is alcoholically educated who could explain grappa to me? I do understsand where it comes from/how it's made. There are a number of bottles of Alexander and Le Dic'Otto Lune grappa for essentially half off, and I would like to know what I am getting myself into with them.

Have you tasted grappa several times in the past? It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. It's great for an digestif because of it's dryness.
 

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Originally Posted by HORNS
Have you tasted grappa several times in the past? It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. It's great for an digestif because of it's dryness.


It's definitely not everyone's cup of tea. I was having dinner with friends at Luce in SF and they sent over their grappa flight digestif from their grappa bar. A majority of people only liked 1 of the grappas because it didn't taste as "strong" as the others. The grappa bar there is great though -- it really lets you sample a lot of grappas to figure out your tastes.
 

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Originally Posted by HORNS
Have you tasted grappa several times in the past? It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like it. It's great for an digestif because of it's dryness.

Never had it before. Tried it last night. Pungent stuff. Or maybe I should say potent. Like Huntsman said, all of the action is in the nose, and I'm not used to this stuff yet, but I could see myself developing a palette for it. I can also imagine good stuf being really good. I tried the Bottega Alexander Society Grappa, and saw that they also carry discounted bottles of Jacopo Poli Amarosa di Vespaiolo Grappa, and Jacopo Poli Po di Poli Barrique Grappa. I don't think I'll be investing any more into grappa in the mean time, but I will revisit it in the future.
 

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Originally Posted by denning
Never had it before. Tried it last night. Pungent stuff. Or maybe I should say potent. Like Huntsman said, all of the action is in the nose, and I'm not used to this stuff yet, but I could see myself developing a palette for it. I can also imagine good stuf being really good. I tried the Bottega Alexander Society Grappa, and saw that they also carry discounted bottles of Jacopo Poli Amarosa di Vespaiolo Grappa, and Jacopo Poli Po di Poli Barrique Grappa. I don't think I'll be investing any more into grappa in the mean time, but I will revisit it in the future.

I tried grappa many times and did not like it - it drove me crazy that there was a liquor that I did not like! I then had that "Helen Keller moment" when I tried some really good stuff - and it all fell into place. I personally like the grappas from Piedmont who have nebbiolo grapes in them. There's good body and nose to them that makes them far from "white lightnin'".
 
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I grew up "trying" nonno's home made grappa with all the Italian kids in the neighborhood. Evil evil stuff.
 

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Is "nonno" a personal name for "grandpa"?
 
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it's Italian for grandpa
 

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Originally Posted by [email protected]
I grew up "trying" nonno's home made grappa with all the Italian kids in the neighborhood. Evil evil stuff.

hahaha. My grandfather use to give me that when I was a kid. He would sit there and laugh as I coughed it up. He said its good, great for digestion.
 

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