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Aaron Smith

the genius: Aaron Smith
Owner, Barman
15 Romolo
San Francisco
http://www.15romolo.com/

the inspiration: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins inspires cocktails for me — I love the way he describes base notes, mid notes and high notes in the final fragrance and like to think about that when tasting cocktails, really experiencing the drink like you would a glass of wine. Great cocktails, like wine, have a great start, mid-palate and finish. Robbins also talks about the evolution of the brain from reptilian to mammalian, and then progressing to floral, with the floral mind being the place where senses and memory meet and transcend the physical plane. I like to think of spirits and wine as pathways to that sensory experience.