When it comes to wine or spirits, I'm no expert. But when it comes to packaging, I can tell you if an item is going to sell or not. And sell away this one did. Alexander Grappa Aqua di Vita!
It's a piece of art, not just the grappa but also the hand blown glass. Often, perfumes and wine bottles end up being collectibles and I'm sure this particular one will be here a long time to come. It has the most beautiful wine bottles I've ever come in contact with and after the many flights across the world (800+ cities and 90+ countries in total) and seeing what's in the market for wines, this one tops it all!
As recently as just 2 weeks ago, I saw this particular one with an airplane in it (which all jetsetters can relate to!) and peculiar only to China! The Great Wall of China on a bottle of Italian wine? This makes the best souvenir China could ever offer its visitors! I tried buying them on my flight from Ulan Bator (Mongolia) to Beijing (China) but was told they don't stock it up on that route! Damn!!! I'd have bought at least 3! I already own the one with the heart and airplane (but without Great Wall on it) and also the one with hand blown grapes in it. These are the only wine bottles that I collect! Guess I'll have to fly those airlines again! (Only marketed on China Eastern & Air China, by the way.)
As for the grappa, it's said to enhance the taste of an espresso, can be mixed in a cocktail or taken neat as a digestif. Alexander grappa delights the eyes as well as one's sense of smell. It is highly refined, aromatic and smooth. The best thing about it is it is moderate in alcohol content which is a boon to me (I'm allergic to alcohol!!!)
The trademark Alexander was created as recently as 1987! It also has a very interesting background story which you can read on its website. All in all, this makes the perfect gift to friends and acquaintances. Believe me, they'll appreciate you for your refined taste! I would! :-)
P.S. To tell you the truth, I have bought a few of it but have yet tasted its content as I've given them to foreign friends when I met them for the first time. I do still have a bottle with me (the one with heart design) which I'll try this weekend. Will update this review as soon as I do that!
It has a reputation as a folk remedy for a vast range of ailments- toothaches, upset stomach, depression and high cholesterol, to name just a few. It's said to be a most efficient means of warming up on a chilly day or aiding digestion at the conclusion of a satisfying meal. Whatever the scientific facts may be, grappa - a clear spirit distilled from grape pomace - is unquestionably a cherished Italian institution that has been enjoyed with gusto for centuries, more often simply for pleasure than any other reason. Whether served as a touch to enhance an espresso, added to a favorite recipe, mixed in a cocktail or, perhaps most commonly, shared neat as a digestif in good company over great conversation, this eau-de-vie embodies Italian tradition and camaraderie.
Alexander Grappa presents this classic Italian spirit with artistry, ingenuity and a modern, elegant flair. Developed and introduced in 1987 under the creative direction of dynamic entrepreneur Sandro Bottega, the Alexander Grappa range is designed to meet the expectations and palates of a sophisticated new generation of grappa drinkers. These exquisite grappas are produced by Distilleria Bottega, located in the heart of northern Italy's scenic Veneto region, birthplace of grappa. Double-distilled in copper steam alembic stills under the exacting standards of the Bottega family's proprietary system, Alexander Grappas are highly ...