This superb cherry liqueur from the Grand Marnier stable is made to an original recipe created by Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle when he founded his distillery in 1827. It is the oldest recipe still used by Marnier-Lapostolle.
Morello cherries from Anatolya are crushed and macerated in neutral alcohol at Marnier-Lapostolle's distillery. This is then strained and the pulp and crushed stones removed and distilled to produce an aromatic marc. The result of the maceration and this marc are then mixed and blended with sugar syrup. The blend is then aged in vats for several months to acquire its balance and roundness before being filtered and bottled. Amazingly the deep red colour of this liqueur comes solely from the cherries themselves.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 04/01/2016
Clear, dark amber.
Wonderfully aromatic marzipan, grilled almond and vanilla with blackberry tart and stewed plums.
Velvety but not syrupy with rich morello cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry and warming spirit. Superbly balanced with notes of bitter almond from the crushed cherry stones. More subtle vanilla and chocolate extends the palate.
Long dark chocolate and cherry finish with vanilla and very delicate spice.
One of the oldest and very best cherry brandy liqueurs available today with rich morello cherry and dark berry fruits, but is the pronounced marzipan, grilled almond and vanilla flavours from the cherry stones that set this cherry brandy apart.