About French SPIRITS

As with wine, French spirits are world famous and of exceptional quality. The types of spirits and liqueurs produced in France reads like a what's what of these categories. There are Cognacs and Armagnacs hat are the most refined and compelling of all brandies. In addition, you have herb liqueurs, spice liqueurs, fruit-based liqueurs, as well as dry and sweet vermouth.

Eaux-de-vie, produced from wine grapes as well as fruit from Alsace, are among the best of their type found anywhere.

There are also gins produced in France and as of recently, vodka as well. Products such as these may not be as well known as those from other countries, but the fact that they are products of France helps give them instant respect.
Top Picks for France
Dry Gin Original 1945 Recipe
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal grainy aromas and flavors of resinous pine bark and mulch, herb bread, pepper, and fennel with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long honeyed juniper, dried citrus peels, and dusty roots finish. A lovely, complex, and elegant gin with evolving layers of botanicals and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Iris Flavored Gin
Pale cobalt blue color. Aromas of mint mouthwash, geranium, and cedar pencil with an oily, lively, dryish light body and a warming, relaxed fresh spearmint, juniper candy, and lemon custard finish. A curiously festive gin for mixing.
88 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon bar with graham cracker crust, orange candy and grapefruit peel, violet, and white tea and black peppercorn with a lively, fruity light body and a breezy fresh lemon peel and lemondrop candy, cardamom, juniper berries, and orange jellies finish. A sweet lemon bomb of a gin for mixed drinks.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab