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Jan 3, 2011 08:49 PM

G. Miclo or Hermes creme de violette in the States?

I know Rothman is available in most big cities, but has anyone spotted Hermes or G. Miclo in any big cities, especially LA, SF, NY or DC? Before committing to a bottle of Rothman I'd like to see if I can get my hands on something better.

Two friends lucky enough to be in Tokyo for New Year's tried to find Hermes creme de violette for me, but to no avail. Hopefully they haven't stopped production?


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  1. I believe that Suntory discontinued the Hermes line of liqueurs and bitters in 2009.

    Never heard of G. Miclo, but if you can find the Dutch Wijnand Fockink brand, it is the best I have tasted.

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    1. re: yarm

      Thanks for the info! What city have you found the DWF in?

      1. re: Pei

        My friend brought back some of their liquors and liqueurs from Amsterdam. No clue where else it is sold.

      2. re: yarm

        "Never heard of G. Miclo [...]"

        That's because you, unlike the OP, haven't read this: http://spiritsandcocktails.wordpress.... .

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        1. G Miclo is good stuff, had some in London (really like their pear), and Fockink is pretty amazing stuff as well, had some at their tasting house in Amsterdam

          you can order Fockink through their website now

          Pick up someof the cassis (blackberry liquor) as well, it is amazing

          Anna - do you know of stores that carry it in AZ (pear or other)? Bonus points if you know of anyone carrying Orange Cinzano Vermouth in the US - Must recreate the Golden Negroni Drink I had at Rules :)

          1. re: Dapuma

            Dapuma, that Orange Cinzano sure sounds delicious! I'm afraid we're only distributing in the Chicagoland area for the Miclo products at this time but, alas, I would love to see it everywhere and have a vision to do so. I would love get in contact with people who have the buying power to do so. :-)

            1. re: Dapuma

              Is Fockink a brand of Violette? Google returns, uh, off-topic results.

              And I think you mean cassis is black currant, rather than blackberry.

              1. re: EvergreenDan

                This should get you to the English-language homepage for Wynand Fockink:

                I've heard about that Orange Cinzano and want some bad but I think I've read it's not being imported at this time. Somebody, prove me wrong!

                1. re: historikerstreit

                  Thanks. The English version is Fockinked. ;)

          2. You can buy the G. Miclo Violette at some Binny's stores around Chicagoland.