Product of: France
The original 1980s Canton liqueur claimed to have been created centuries ago for the emperors of old Canton who "treasured the value of ginger" and was produced from six different varieties of fresh ginger with gentle herbs and ginseng, blended with brandy and a touch of honey. It was said to originate from Jing An Town, Doumen, Guangdong Province, China.
Maurice Cooper et Cie claim the ginger used to flavour this liqueur comes from colonial Indochina (now Vietnam), and a ginger estate called Domaine de Canton.
The distinctive 'pagoda' shaped bottle is designed to look like a bamboo shoot but is also somewhat reminiscent of a Chinese lantern.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/09/2012
Clear, straw pale yellow with light golden flecks.
Mild warm candied ginger, ginger cake, brandy, lemon zest and peppery spice.
Hot red pepper tingles a spicy gingery palate. Starts syrupy but the heat and citrus-like acidity quickly build to the extent that this liqueur ends up far from overly sweet.
Lingering hot, peppery ginger finish. Not a liqueur I'd want to drink neat but its punchy, complex ginger flavour makes for a great cocktail ingredient.