Salers Gentiane Liqueur (1000ml)
Alfred Labounoux's gentian root liqueur was first created at his family's distillery in the late 1800s. He named this new aperitif after the village of Salers where gentian grows wild on the volcanic slopes of Puy Mary. 'Gentiane Lutea' takes about twenty years before it can be harvested and only flowers every two years. A specialised “devil’s fork” is used to uproot the plants in an arduous process that has defied industrialisation. The roots are washed and crushed while still fresh, then steeped in neutral alcohol for several weeks. After maceration is complete, the roots are distilled to extract additional flavour. The infusion and the distillate are then aged in Limousin oak barrels for two years, tempering the root's characteristic bitterness. Salers continue to make their Gentiane according to Labounoux’s original recipe, capturing the bright earthiness of gentian with floral, vegetal, and subtle citrus notes. It's recommended in a White Negroni, Grapefruit Spritz, or mixed with crème de cassis and sparkling water for a refreshing aperitif. 16% Alc./Vol.