Tempus Fugit Kina L'Aero
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Tempus Fugit Kina L'Aero

Item # 28874 750mL
$34.99/ Single Bottle
$209.94/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

Mildly bitter and slightly sweet, this wonderful kina embodies all that is great in the world of aperitifs. A wine of Cortese grapes (think Gavi) is infused with cinchona bark, orange peel, wormwood, and spices. Very refreshing chilled on its own but this will be a key ingredient in many possible cocktails.

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Staff Pick Notes

European aperitif wines known as “Quinquina” or “Kina” gained popularity in the late 19th century as delivery mechanisms for quinine, which was thought to treat malaria. Druggists would soak cinchona bark in alcohol to extract its active ingredients then add sugar to make the bitter quinine more palatable. By the early 20th century, quinquinas were appearing in cocktail recipes, and their popularity has been resurgent amid today’s cocktail renaissance. No two kinas are exactly alike, but if I could drink only one, it would be l’Avion d’Or. Orange blossom on the nose becomes marmalade and zest on the palate. Elderflower syrup and sweet tea balance the soft bitterness, then gradually fade. A lingering touch of bitterness begs you to take another sip. Chilled, over ice, or in any variety of cocktails, this bottle is damn near perfect.


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