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"I can't tell you how far I searched to find this beautiful liqueur a few years ago. Thankfully Nicks stocks it now. It's the perfect blend of that lovely heat and spice of whisky perfectly blended with the freshness of mandarin. Sip it neat!"
Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur (500ml)
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- ABV 38%
Mandarines and tangerines were introduced to Europe in the early 1800s, and were considered exotic fruits with medicinal qualities. It became fashionable to infuse the fruits in cognac and to drink the results. Napoleon was himself partial to such drinks and frequently invited one of its greatest exponents, Antoine-Francois du Fourcroy, to indulge in the beverage. It is said to be Fourcroy's formula with which Napoleon wooed his favourite actress, Mlle Mars.
Fourcroy's "Mandarine Napoleon" is now manufactured by the internationally renowned Belgian company which bears his name. The liqueur is made by macerating mandarine peel in selected fine brandies. After maceration and distillation the spirit is compounded with the flavour and sweetened to produce a lightly flavoured unique product. Mandarine Napoleon today forms a classic base for a whole range of drinks and cocktails. It also makes a very pleasant summer long drink when mixed with tonic or orange juice. 38% alc./vol.
Tasting note: This gorgeous golden-orange liqueur bears fresh mandarin/tangerine aromas. The body is thick and buttery, and the palate follows the nose, but here the bold fruit flavor is well balanced with a tingling spiciness and notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish is long and spicy/sweet. 92 points