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
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Grand Marnier
Quintessence Liqueur
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of fresh orange zest, allspice, eucalyptus, hibiscus, galangal, and lemongrass with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a peppery, very complex, long dark chocolate dipped tangerine peel, persimmon, dried apricot, black tea, lime oil, nutmeg, and underripe pineapple finish. A knockout, musky orange liqueur with a warm, tropical edge and persistent, elegant flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Merlet
Creme de Cassis de Saintonge Liqueur
Opaque dark violet color. Fruity, herbal, complex aromas and flavors of honeyed cassis, delicate spice and herbs, dark chocolate hint, and root vegetable with a thick, moderately sweet full body and a smooth, complex, very long cassis jam, floral honey, and hint of menthol mint and ginger finish. A fantastically rich and pure creme de cassis.
97 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Drillaud
Elderflower Liqueur
Pale slivery straw color. Herbal, floral aromas and flavors of potpourri, piney herbs, candied rose and lavender, and grapefruit peel with a satiny, tangy, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long candied kiwi and lychee and melon sorbet finish. A bold, vibrant elderflower liqueur with complex layers of flavor.
95 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217405
Merlet
Creme de Peche Liqueur
Brilliant golden amber orange color. Pure, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe whole peach, peach cider, and floral honey with a glycerous, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, involved, very long rose water, mango-peach sorbet, and pink peppercorn finish. A fantastically rich and flavorful peach liqueur for all applications.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222190
Merlet
Soeurs Cerises Cherry Brandy Liqueur
Dark garnet color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of perfect sour cherries, forest, sunflower, and warm spices with a round, lively, moderately sweet medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long hint of coffee finish. A bright, delicious and pure cherry liqueur reminiscent of a homemade visnovka; a fantastic European-style cherry liqueur.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219026
Grand Marnier
Cordon Rouge Liqueur
Bright amber color. Spicy aromas of dried apples, rice pudding, ginger, and orange marmalade with a syrupy, lively, sweet medium body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length pumpkin tart, burnt sugar, nutmeg, hot cinnamon, and ginseng-mint finish. A spicy, complex liqueur that will find its place in a multitude of craft cocktails.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217381
Merlet
Lune d'Abricot Liqueur
Brilliant golden amber color. Complex, attractive aromas and flavors of dried apricot, white chocolate toffee, sesame nougat, and peach blossoms and honeycomb with a syrupy, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a sleek, elegant, very long apricot jam on raisin scone and hint of chocolate orange peel finish. A superbly pure and flavorful apricot liqueur with great length and depth of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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La Quintinye
Vermouth Royal Rouge
Bright mahogany color. Lively, attractive, complex aromas of caramelized fruits, melted chocolate smores, spice tea, and jasmine and lavender with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long delicate grassy herbs, bark, and honeyed cherries finish. A vibrant sweet vermouth with a lot of character and interesting chocolate notes.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222189
Merlet
Créme de Poire Williams Liqueur
Clear straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe Williams pear, dried pineapple, sweet vanilla bean, and honeycrisp apple with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length banana soufflé, creme Anglaise, fresh grass, and lemon zest finish. A fruity, pure, shining example of pear liqueur.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217382
Merlet
Creme de Fraise Liqueur
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas of strawberry preserves and butter, toasted hazelnut and citrus, and swiss cocoa with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long honeyed strawberries and blood oranges, strawberry gastrique, and hint of potpourri finish. A rich, pure, strawberry liqueur with superb vibrancy and depth of flavor.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab