Monday, September 24, 2012

Grand Marnier Quintessence

Today I decided to take another small taste of Grand Marnier Quintessence. About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to receive and first try a sample of this fabulous spirit. Since I rationed then, there was still enough to write another review and article here on this site.

I only have photos of the beverage since the sample bottle is not really meaningful. I did copy the media photo from the Grand Marnier website so you can get an idea as to how the $900 bottle is packaged. Yeah, I know, pricey! And that bottle comes in a mirrored display case as well. The presentation really is quite beautiful, and even moreso in person. Look for yourself at your local liquor store.

Quintessence is a blend of the finest cognacs that the Marnier-Lapostolle family has in their private collection, one dating all the way to 1906. That cognac blend is then further blended with the famous orange essence which has been double distilled. Finally, that combination is aged and becomes one during an oak barrel maturation.

Beautiful orange aroma jumps out of the glass, clean, floral. Add some sweet honey and a sharp rind contrast, just spectacular. I bet you'd criticize me if I said it smells like butterflies and sunshine... but then you'd be wrong.

Wowsa! So spectacular, the flavors. Oranges and baked goods meet spices and violets. This gem feels great in the mouth, covering the palate entirely and making it tingle. My taste buds are very happy right now. Intense and delicate at the same time. Candied orange rinds bring sweet and bitter together. Lovely fruit flavors. An excellent finish and warmth in the chest are how you will remember this, and those violet flavors last on and on and on.

Considering the price tag, doing this frequently is impossible, but what a terrific little nip I just had! Quintessence is definitely the spirit that will make you switch!

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