In the early days of cocktail-making orange liqueurs emerged as the most popular ingredients, figuring in a vast array of cocktails. Cointreau still remains one of the most famous liqueurs in the world - but nowadays, orange liqueurs are just a small part of a vast array of fruit liqueurs from all over the world.
A bottle of Boedeaux-based A Droz's Kirsch Fantaisie. Kirsch fantaisie indicates the cherries have been steeped in alcohol and is considered by the Germans to be superior to Kirsch-geist, where the cherries are simply dipped in alcohol. We estimate this was bottled in the 1950s.
The Danish entry in the Paterson's book range - a series of decanters containing spirits that defined a country. In this case a cherry liqueur, not something that Denmark is particularly known for today.
A rather interesting 'bottle' of Benedictine Liqueur. This is infact two half bottles molded together in the shape of a single bottle (with two necks). Containing 35cl of Benedictine D.O.M and 35cl of Benedictine B&B. We estimate that this was produced during the 1970s.
A very special Grande Cuvee from Mandarine Napoleon; just 2000 bottles of this were produced in 2008. Mandarin peels are macerated and blended with the 27 herbs and spices that make the Mandarine secret recipe. The resulting distillate is then combined with Grande Champagne XO cognac (which makes up a generous 43% of the total) to create this Grande Reserve.
A litre bottle of the now defunct Jourde's Cordial-Medoc liqueur. Brandy-based, this is flavoured with fruits and herbs to include a spicy complexity. This bottle was bottled in the 1930s at 32.2%, lower than the recent bottlings at 35%.
A very limited edition of Grand Marnier, their first new product since 1977. Based on Grand Champagne cognac aged between 25 and 135 years, including some 1875, 1906 and 1955 vintages, and using their 'double parfum' method of extracting the flavour from orange peels to produce an incredible liqueur. San Francisco WSC - Best Liqueur / Best Fruit Liqueur - Double Gold
An ancient rare bottle of Curacao Sec (dry) from Carle Freres of Brussels. We estimate this was bottled in the 1900s and it's in fantastic condition. It would seem the producer no longer exists and no information is available about them.