It was probably about a year ago that I had my first sip of Forthave Spirits - Daniel was tucked into a corner of a back table at Fif's spring trade tasting. The liquids checked all the right boxes - local, great packaging, and just damn tasty. But I was in the midst of the store sale and bringing in new items wasn't a priority. So I tucked away my mental notes.
That summer, I pulled them out, tracked Daniel down (ok... he popped up on sevenfifty) and we caught up outside the Everyman Espresso on a Tribeca side street. The bitter/sweet Red apertivo and sweet-edged Marseille amaro were as good as I remembered - and they were joined by an intensely aromatic, unfiltered London dry Blue gin. I wanted them all.
But placing an order for these micro batch goodies isn't as easy as just "placing an order." We would need to arrange for more catch-me-if-you can meet ups, or a trek to the distillery. All of which I was up for, but I was distracted by Kid#1's impending bar mitzvah. And then the start of the school year. And a construction project at the shop.
But good bottles of booze have a way of haunting you until you finally get them on the shelf. Which finally happened just in time for the holidays.