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Noilly Prat: (Correctly pronounced as seen, not Noy Pra, as possibly expected). A brand of French aperitif/vermouth made from 'maderised' wine made from Picpoul and Claitette grapes. These are stored separately in giant 100 year-old Canadian oak barrels before being blended with a secret recipe of herbs and flavourings.
This includes the likes of black elder, camomile, centaury, cloves, holy thistle, lemon peel, raspberry and yellow gentian.
The result is unique, an acquired taste as a drink, but a necessity for chef's when making sauces required for fish.
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