Top 10 historical spirits discoveries

16th September, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Kina Lillet

Kina-LilletAperitif brand Lillet was surprised to discover a vintage bottle of Kina Lillet from 1967 among its stocks earlier this year. The bottling – one of the last from the brand during the period – has now become a permanent artefact in The Museum of the American Cocktail’s Lost Spirits exhibition in New Orleans. The word ‘kina’ had become common among aperitif brands as a word to reinforce its quinine content. However, in the early 1970s, Maison Lillet removed Kina from the brand name claiming it “was no longer relevant for the times”.

“We were astonished when this vintage Kina Lillet bottle from 1967 was found,” commented Laurence Cost, Lillet brand manager. “As one of the last known bottles in existence, it is serendipitous that the Museum of American Cocktail was opening within the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.”

One Response to “Top 10 historical spirits discoveries”

  1. Dave Gunns says:

    Shackleton’s whisky????

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