London, August 5, 2008 – Two Grand Marnier liqueurs have been awarded the supreme accolade of Liqueur Master by a leading drinks publication.
Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire and Cherry Marnier took two of the five Masters medals in the blind tasting competition organised by The Spirits Business. Over 90 liqueurs were tasted by a panel of top mixologists.
The rare Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire cuvée was created to mark the 150th anniversary of the first Grand Marnier orange and cognac liqueur. Blended only with 50 year-old cognac from the Grand Champagne district of the Charente, the Cent Cinquantenaire cuvée has a powerful floral aroma, high complexity and long ageing properties.
The Cent Cinquantenaire is priced at around £110 a bottle and is usually available only in classic premium hotels and Michelin star restaurants.
Cherry Marnier, one of the oldest fruit liqueurs in the Grand Marnier portfolio, is now becoming extremely popular with cocktail bartenders for the deep, almond and marzipan notes of the cherry. This is achieved by steeping morello cherries with their stones in neutral alcohol to extract maximum flavour.
Cherry Marnier is priced at around £15 a bottle
Nicki Daw, Grand Marnier Marketing Manager, said, “To win one Masters Award would have been great; to win two out of the five is astonishing. It is a tribute to the passion and expertise of the Grand Marnier master blender in France.”
Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire and Cherry Marnier, as well as Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier Centenaire and Navan. are distributed in the UK by Cellar Trends. For all sales enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cellartrends.co.uk
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