Steve and I walked into this quaint bar at Chijmes called The Auld Alliance two weeks ago to have a look, and promised Tessa, the service staff, that we’d be back.
On the weekend, we decided to see how Tessa was, as well as have a sticky beak at how impressive their cache is. They have 1000 different types of alcohol… plus they have cool bar tools from the 19th century, for making absinthe!
I couldn’t resist getting a shot of Tesseron XO cognac, even though I was still nursing a cough. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping it would strangle the virus on the way down my throat! It was very smooth, and not surprisingly, it didn’t improve my condition!
We met the owner Emmanuel, and his visiting sister. They grew up in France, and were always surrounded by their wine-drinking extended family, so they developed a refined palate from a young age. I somehow have the impression that they had grown up on a vineyard, but I think that’s purely my imagination!
That evening, I learned a fair bit about absinthe, how it comes in the colour green or even colourless, how it was popular among poets and painters in France and the Czech Republic, and also how it was quite the hardcore drink, with noxious fumes.
Overall, I had a great night, and would recommend a visit.
Check it out! It’s at 30 Victoria Street #01-08 Chijmes.