Aged: No age statement
Product of: France
Racines de Suze is French for Roots of Suze and this intensely flavoured bitter liqueur, made in homage to original Suze, is produced from gentian roots planted at least 25 years ago with an infusion orange, and celebrates the importance of gentian to Suze.
Review and Tasting
Sampled before 1st May 2011
Clear, deep golden.
Gentian and orange zest with faint vanilla.
Intensely flavoured and bitter gentian with subdued cream-of-soda vanilla sweetness and freshening zesty orange.
Orange oils, bitter floral gentian, light vanilla and mild cinnamon spice.
At almost twice the strength of the flagship Suze liqueur, this ‘Roots Of’ version is far more intense. But while flavours of bitter gentian and orange zest have been dialled up, sugary sweetness has been reduced to create a liqueur to polarise palates. Few will appreciate it, most will hate it. But Racines de Suze is bold, brilliant and a very useful cocktail ingredient – even if only used in dashes.