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Patrons will find Le Malt, Brown Spirits and Wine Lounge to be sexy, smooth, distinguished, rich, and sophisticated. This is not only a description of the 750 rare and varied brown spirits, the craft brews and more than 100 wines by the glass offered, but of the décor and ambiance. Le Malt, which recently opened, is the only establishment of its kind in the tri-state area.
LE MALT, BROWN SPIRITS AND WINE LOUNGE, COLONIA
What is your pleasure? Single malts, blended scotches, Irish, Japanese, Tennessee, Canadian and Indian whiskies, mezcal cognacs, bourbons, rums, tequilas, liqueurs, cordials, vodka, gin, red and white wines, craft beers and ports as well as a decanter of Macallan M, one of only 1,750 in the world that is priced at $12,000, are all exquisitely displayed on illuminated shelves encompassing two walls. There are booths for semi-private larger parties and special Chef’s Tasting dinners, plushy couches, comfy chairs, low tables, subtle lighting (check out the stunning Murano glass chandelier) and two, member only, VIP rooms.
A sophisticated cocktail experience awaited us at a recent gathering for the press. There is no bar, but award-winning general manager and master mixologist Richard Tandoc takes your order and then pulls the bottles off the shelf and brings a rolling cart to where you are seated to theatrically create your cocktail or pour your drink. Baseball shaped ice cube contain fruits, herbs and/or flowers. We were impressed.
Signature seasonal cocktails include the Boardwalk Empire (Maker’s 46 bourbon, infused bacon, house-made aromatic bitters), Royal Sangria (Johnnie Walker Platinum, infused red wine, fresh fruit) and Ferrari Martini (Mango rum, fresh pomegranate puree, edible flower). Prefer a shot? Opt for anything from a $10 shot of Jameson to a $750 glass of Hennessy Richard Cognac. Coming soon is the Billionaire Cocktail (Hennessy Paradis Cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880, Moet & Chandon Imperial, Moonshine) garnished with edible 23k gold flakes, served in a plaid crystal Tiffany Martini glass for $175. Be forewarned that there is already a waiting list. Also know that even bottles of wine are brought to your seating area and poured in Riedel glasses.