Introduction to Grand Marnier: It tastes like being in Love!
Hey House Cats-
Last week, I attended the Grand Marnier event at their private studio. I must be up front and say I attended this event out of pure curiosity. I guess you could consider me a rookie; although I know more than most regarding the subject of spirits and wine…. The average person doesn’t have a vast knowledge on liquor brands. Most of us are familiar with the Grand Marnier brand, but very few that I encounter see the brand as a go to staple. Prior to attending this event, I didn’t know anything about this brand… so I attended this event to receive my formal introduction.
Grand Marnier is an orange-flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. It is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is 40% alcohol (70 Proof in UK, 80 Proof in US). The Grand Marnier line includes other liqueurs: Titanium, Cuvée 1880, Cuvée du Centenaire, Quintessence, Raspberry Peach, and KAPPA Pisco. (Wiki)
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge is the original version, and famed for being able to mix well into drinks and desserts. Grand Marnier can be found in two popular desserts in France, Crêpes Suzette and “crêpes au Grand Marnier“. Through my research, I learned that I have actually had Grand Marnier on several occasions without even knowing it. I also learned that this is a very exclusive brand. Although, most of us are familiar with the Cordon Rouge, most of the brands line are sold at duty free stores, European countries, and International Airports. After learning that, now I don’t feel so bad about being clueless about the brand.
Grand Marnier liqueur was created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. According to Wiki, Alexandre helped César Ritz purchase and establish the Hotel Ritz Paris. Had I of known this prior to the event, I would have confirmed the validity of this story. After receiving my “formal introduction” to the brand through tasting, I can say that Grand Marnier has a certain class and elegance that I don’t often encounter with spirit brands. I like how the brand manages to fly under the radar, and caters to a select clientele. This isn’t just any spirit brand; this is a Luxury Spirit brand that is family owned and operated.
In regards to taste and flavor: Prior to me arriving at this event (please forgive me if I sound insulting… I promise redemption will come in the aftermath), I envisioned something heavy and musty. I pictured glorified Hennessy. I know, I know- I was wayyyyyy off the mark here.
Grand Marnier was the complete opposite. It was light, exceptionally drafted, and extremely flavorful. I know this sounds really weird, but Grand Marnier taste like being in love. If love had a taste, it would be Grand Marnier. Not just any love… love without disappointments and short comings. The connection between the family that makes this brand, and the person who consumes the brand. It’s not business it’s love… it is Grand Marnier! This is the bottle you break open on a special occasion. I can’t quite put into words what it tastes like… I can only describe an emotional I felt when drinking it. I, now want to add the Titanium into my private collection.
I dare you to try it…
Grand Marnier in Brief…
Titanium- the blend of citrus flavors and spices combined with Cognac makes GM Titanium a truly unique product in the spirits landscape. GM Titanium’s bottle shares its shape with the iconic Grand Marnier bottle however transformed through modern, sleek metallic packaging and a prominent silkscreened label that glows in nightclub lighting.
Cordon Rouge – orange-flavored brandy liqueur. Created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle.
Cordon Jaune -80 proof triple-sec Curaçao-like liqueur that is blended with Cognac brandy to make Cordon Rouge.
Cuvée du Centenaire (“Centennial Edition”)- was first released in limited quantities in 1927 to commemorate the 100th anniversary. It is made with up to 25-year-old fine cognacs and is consumed neat.
Cuvée Spéciale Cent Cinquantenaire (“Special Sesquicentennial Edition”)- is the finest type of Grand Marnier. It’s slogan is: “Hard to find, impossible to pronounce, and prohibitively expensive.”
Cuvée Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle- is a special selection of cognacs taken from the best known districts (Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois and Bons Bois) and aged at length in oak casks. It is only available in duty-free shops in Canada and France and liquor stores in Quebec, Canada and the Netherlands.