Reveal Video #13

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Some people think the number 13 is unlucky, but Reveal #13 was the exact opposite! This pick was filled with bottles that I’m excited to research, write about, and eventually taste! Watch as I pick a few more bottles from Grandma’s collection to explore, and find a callback to back to one of my favorite scandal-filled episodes.

Prefer to read than watch? Look for the transcript beneath the video!

TRANSCRIPT

Teaser:

You might remember the episode about Convier Mint Liqueur, Convier Menta, because it was the one that had the scandal with the Colombian diplomat to Ecuador and the paternity suit and blood samples from people’s buttocks. I remember that episode! Well, this is the same story. This is basically that guy!

After opening:

Hello and welcome to My Tiny Bottles, the project where I’m exploring my grandmother’s legacy of miniature liquor bottles, one tiny bottle at a time.

And today I am unboxing my grandmother’s legacy for you and I to enjoy. This is my favorite part of the project. I’ve grabbed a few bottles from the bins and boxes that compose this collection that was gifted to me. And now I’m going to dive in and see what I will be researching next.

Tammy reaches into the box and pulls out her first bottle.

Alright. It’s another cognac, but it’s a Remy Martin cognac, so that’s nice.

I’ve had a lot of brandy in this collection. This is Remy Martin, fine champagne cognac, pretty basic bottle. I’ve got a bunch of other cognacs that that have appeared through the collection, so I will add this to that collection. But it should be tasty, right? Cognac is definitely a thing that I think keeps well in the bottle.

Tammy selects another bottle from the box.

What else? Triple Sec, Marie Brizard. I like Marie Brizard. I always tell people in my cocktail classes, that if you, are looking for a fruit, flavored liqueur, go with a French brand because more often they’re a little bit better tasting than some of the kind of bottom shelf things you can buy. So Marie Brizard is a brand that I have used in the past.

This is a 39% alcohol by volume triple sec. That is interesting to me because these days when you buy triple sec, it’s usually more like a 11% alcohol. And that’s one of the reasons that I steer people away from generic triple sec in my classes and more towards something like Cointreau or another forty-proof product that has more flavor.

And so this is kind of an older version of a triple sec, still calling itself triple sec, but with that higher proof. So that’s pretty exciting to taste. Nice fill level on the bottle. That’ll be cool.

Two down out of the five we are aiming for.

Tammy pulls a third bottle.

This one feels square.

(reading bottle) Coloma Colombian coffee liqueur. (very excited) Alright, if you’ve been watching My Tiny Bottles for a long time, you might remember the episode about Convier Mint Liqueur, Convier Menta, because it was the one that had the scandal with the Colombian diplomat to Ecuador and the paternity suit and blood samples from people’s buttocks. I remember that episode! Well, this is the same story. This is basically that guy!

So we’ll find something else to talk about, but this will be kind of cool to taste. This is gonna be this coffee liqueur, 100% Columbian coffee, super cool. Neat bottle.

It’s got a government warning label on it, so that kind of puts a time frame on it. And probably I’m going to guess it got bought as the same time as the Menta. So maybe this is one of those times where I can go back and revise an old bottle based on new information.

Tammy takes the fourth bottle from the box

Okay, another loose glass one. Another brandy. Pousada brandy.

It’s got what looks like a tax strip of some sort, but it’s not in English. Okay, it’s got a date on it, which is great! 1984. Well that part’s done, so handy. Junta Nacional de Vinha is responsible for this age strip. The brandy is a product of Portugal.

So… that’ll be good. I’m liking this so far. This has been a good day. There’s nothing here that I don’t want to taste. So, I guess we’ll see if that run can continue as I grab one more bottle.

The final bottle comes out of the box.

And this one. Yeah, okay. Maybe not excited to taste it, but… Super excited to maybe talk about it a little bit and research it.

So this is an old Mr. Boston Sloe Gin. Old Mr. Boston is a famous Boston company and I’ve talked about them before. I actually tasted my bottle of Mr. Boston peppermint schnapps with Fred Yarm in Boston, and this looks like an even older bottle. This one definitely has got some time on it. It’s 1/10th of a pint, it’s 60 proof.

That peppermint schnapps was from the eightys. This is well before that. And super super dusty so maybe one of grandma’s first bottles. Actually it’s got a tax strip on it so we can probably figure out when it came from pretty easily.

Alright, well, that’s a pretty good selection. I am pleased with these. I already know a little bit about them, but there’s always more to discover. So thanks for joining me for the reveal video and do subscribe to my channel so that you can see when I get around to talking about these bottles and you can find out what I discovered about them.

You can also follow me at @mytinybottles on social media and you can hit my website which is mytinybottles.com and there you’ll find pictures of all the bottles, and a list of everything I’ve tasted so far and discovered so far so you can kind of go back and look for your favorites. And leave me a comment sometime. I’d love to hear from you. Cheers!

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