THE EXQUISITE ESSENCE of bitter orange
Orange forms an essential component of Grand Marnier’s unique flavour, and offers an intriguing taste to the palate. It adds a certain “Je ne sais quoi”, a french touch: something difficult to explain, simultaneously elegant and complex.
THE HEAT of the sun
Oranges are carefully handpicked at their aromatic peak, while they are still green. The orange peels dry in the sun. This important process encourages flavour retention from the essential oils found in their skin. The dried peels are then sent to the distillery at our Château de Bourg-Charente location.
The quality of the peels is checked at the Château de Bourg-Charente, separating the albedo from the zest. The zest is macerated in neutral alcohol for up to eight days. The flavour from each peel is concentrated through slow distillation, of which only the purest essence is retained.