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Rejoice, Ye Lovers of Falernum

Good news for tiki freaks and other lovers of falernum: The John D. Taylor Velvet Falernum brand will once again be imported into the US. This lost-found-lost again ingredient is a lime, almond, and clove liqueur made in Barbados. Something happened with the importer or distributor this fall and it was no longer available until a new importer agreed to bring it in.

And who might that importer be? Eric Seed of Haus Alpenz, who listened to the strained cries of bartenders from coast to coast asking him to get it. You'll remember Seed as the guy who reintroduced Creme de Violette and Batavia Arrak to the states. The falernum will be available in mid-March in NY and a few weeks later in CA.

I met up with Seed last night. Also in his goodie bag was the new St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram, which cocktail nerds will also know as pimento dram, as well as The Scarlet Ibis, a limited-edition, high-proof blend of three rums from Trinidad developed especially for Death and Co. in NY. More info on the products is on the website.

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