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As some of you may know, I am partial to a little tipple here and there. I am more often than not a straight vodka and coke kind of gal but it's with the change of seasons that I tend to opt for a change in beverages. And this is how I came to have a bottle of Gran Marnier in my drinks cabinet.
I think it was probably on some sort of special offer in Morrison's at around Christmas time and I was not holding back on stocking up the alcohol and picked up a bottle of this for around £12 which is a saving of about £4 on the regular price and this is for a 50cl bottle. This isn't a bad price as far as prices other liqueurs that are on the shelves go and seeing as it was nothing I had tried before I was keen to add it to the pile of bottles I had in my trolley.
The drink itself is a classic liqueur which is a blend of old cognac brandy and orange flavours is has a alcohol content of 40% and is meant to be enjoyed from small glasses and savoured whilst drinking.
The look and design of the bottle is really nice and the bottle is sealed with a cork which has a red plastic topper fixed to the upper top which makes the bottle easy to re-seal and it does get a build up of sugary residue which some other liqueurs I drink do.
The taste of Grand Marnier is really very nice and since this was my first bottle I was surprised how much I like it and decided I would buy it again. The liquid of the drink wasn't especially thick in texture but the sweet richness of the drink makes it rather sticky in the mouth and the orange taste is wonderfully done so that it is tangy as well as being sweet.
The drink is really rather strong and once you have had a couple of glasses you start to know about it and I wouldn't want to drink an excessive amount in one sitting as it is far too sweet and after 2 or 3 begins to get a little sickly. The drink is very warming as well which makes it a perfect winter treat and it goes down nicely with a few mince pies.
The 50cl bottle didn't' seem to stretch very far but I should think that was because I liked it do much as I don't remember anyone else drinking it. I will certainly be buying another bottle when I can afford it and winter comes around again.
I would highly recommend this drink to anyone as it is so delicious and enjoyable. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
There are many liqueurs available in the world today and infact I have chosen this medium to write about several of my favourite ones. One liqueur that certainly does deserve a positive opinion is Grand Marnier. Grand Marnier is produced by Marnier-Lapostolle and they established their distillery in the 1820’s in an area called the Neauphle-le-Chateau in France. However they only began producing Grand Marnier in 1880. Grand Marnier consists of orange peel, cognac and sugar syrup. The oranges used in Grand Marnier are grown in Neauphle-le-Chateau in the area where their distillery is located. However the cognac used in the production is aged at the Chareau de Bourg located in the heart of Charente country. The secret behind the unique taste of Grand Marnier is firstly the orange peel and secondly the process that is used to blend the spirit produced by the orange peel with the cognac and sugar syrup. The orange peels are treated over a considerable period of time and then distilled. This yealds a flavoured spirit that is then blended with the cognac and sugar syrup. Then prior to bottling it is aged in wine cellars and this again filtered several time so as to clear all impurities. Blending these ingredients together is something that Grand Marnier have perfected since their products are sold worldwide and to countries with different weather patterns (hot and cold climates). They have perfected the formula required to stabilize the nectar irrespective of the outside temperature. The end product is Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge. A sultry liqueur with a sublime taste. A nectar that is bursting with the taste of oranges but yet the cognac shows who’s in charge. The liqueur is presented in a lovely looking bottle, holding 70cl of content and containing 40% Alcohol by volume. The nectar is a thick and sticky amber coloured concoction. Make sure you don’t get any of thi
s on your clothes, as you will have a torrid time getting it off. Personally I have had this on several occasions and always neat over a lot of ice. However Grand Marnier is a chef’s delight for usage as a prime ingredient with puddings, desserts and chocolate dishes. It is one of the most widely used liqueurs in cooking. I personally cannot claim to have had any of these preparations containing Grand Marnier but I am sure that over my lifetime I must have tasted some unknowingly, such is it’s popularity. As with other liqueurs like Tia Maria, this is an awesome drink that tastes of quality. Just the mere fact that it contains ingredients that are usually so adverse reacting to each other, yet so timidly and purely presented to you, speaks volumes for the product. As with other high quality liqueurs Grand Marnier bears quite a high price tag but not one that is beyond any of us. A bottle goes for around £19.00. This may vary depending on where you purchase it from and might go as low at £18.00 or as high as £21.00. It is one of those liqueurs that I find deserves respect and is not one that should be swallowed down quickly. Rather a dim and quite setting is the ideal scenario for this nectar. Sit back, relax and sip slowly and to your hearts content. So if you ever have the chance to experience Grand Marnier please do not hesitate. You will surely not be disappointed.
I had always been a Cointreau fan until we had our wonderful trip on the Orient Express and the liqueurs available after our meal did not include Cointreau. The list did however include Grand Marnier and, since it is an orange based liqueur, I thought that it may be similar enough to Cointreau for me to enjoy it. Well, it was quite different to Cointreau and yes, I did enjoy it, a lot! It is a blend of orange and fine old cognac brandy made by Marnier-Lapostolle since the 1880's and distilled at Neauphle-le-Chateau in France. it is then aged at Chateau de Bourge in the Charente area. It is 40% alcohol by volume as are most liqueurs on sale in Great Britain. I am now in a quandry when I decide to partake of a liqueur as I like Cointreau and Grand Marnier equally. I did find a new way to drink Grand Marnier recently though...... We were staying at The Imperial at Blackpool and had just finished our evening meal and adjourned to the bar for a drink. I couldn't decide what to have when I noticed the liqueurs. I quite fancied a liqueur but the weather was extremely warm and I thought that something cooler might be a good idea. Then I had a brainwave and asked the barman for a Grand Marnier poured over ice - it was exquisite! Just the job for an after dinner drink in hot weather. Just to make certain I tried it again (twice) the following evening!!! The only problem is that, as with most liqueurs it's more expensive than other spirits at about £16 a 50cl bottle.
Grand Marnier is unique for being exclusively based on Cognac to give a rich and smooth taste to the orange liqueur. Its makers, Marnier-Lapostolle, established their distillery at Neauphle-le-Chateau in the 1820's, but only began producing Grand Marnier in 1880. The cognac is actually aged elsewhere, at Chateau de Bourge in the Charente area.