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October 2011

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SPEED TASTING REPORT Chopin Rye: Romantic Virtuoso Between the frills, frocks, ruffles and petticoats that were stylish in the 19th century, that era's fashion was clearly all about opulence. Combining yesteryear's fantastically lavish flare with a modernly chic cool-factor is Chopin Vodka, named after the Romantic-era Polish composer whose music is as timeless as the eponymous spirit. Recently-released Chopin Rye, a single- ingredient estate vodka with a silky-smooth persona, is a true classic- in-the-making—with or without the fancy dress. The Couture Cocktail: Town & Country The Rave Review: "Summer going into fall . . . pink lemonade meets county fair. Nice use of the rye—it stands ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 1½ oz. Chopin Rye Vodka 2 oz. housemade sweet & sour ½ oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. fresh blueberries, muddled 4 sprigs fresh thyme ¼ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 124 / the tasting panel / october 2011 Kui Goy is the bartender at La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas. He played Chopin nocturnes while creating his cocktail. out beautifully and makes the vodka smooth and approachable!" —Kristen Schaefer Yazi Ginger Vodka: Perfectly Perfumed As the almighty Coco Chanel clearly knew, even the most fashionable ensemble is infinitely improved with a dash of parfum parfait. With its generous nose of sweet, spicy ginger, 70-proof Yazi Ginger Vodka from Hood River Distillers is an aro- matic and exotic offering that tastes as pungent as it smells, and capitalizes on the very à la mode flavor with four different species of ginger—along with lemon, orange, cayenne and red pepper. As any good perfume does, Yazi entices you to get closer, and become more closely acquainted with her many alluring charms. Keri Eliason of Hood River Distillers is Brand Manager for Yazi Ginger vodka. The Couture Cocktail: Vintage Ginger The Rave Review: "Crisp and clean with beauti- ful spice balanced by a touch of sugar: The light- ness of the lemons falls prey to the cayenne and ginger!" —Eddie Allen ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 1½ oz. Yazi Ginger Vodka ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ oz. triple sec Dash of cayenne pepper 2 splashes of orange bitters Rim with ginger/cayenne pepper. Garnish with lemon wheel.

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