What would the premium brand for Creme de Cassis be?
- MVNYC Jul 10, 2006 08:35 PM
My girlfriend has recently gotten into Kirs, so i was wondering which brand was really good. Thanks
You should be buying Cassis NOT Creme de Cassis in order to make a Kir. Look for any of the authentic brands that hail from Dijon, France. I remember one good one in particular that has a square bottle and very ornate label.
Cassis and Creme de Cassis are interchangable names for the same thing, a liqueur made from blackcurrants steeped in neutral spirits with much sugar added. Dijon is the capital of cassis production, and my two favorites available in New York are Cartron Double Creme and Lucien Jacob. Trenel and Theuriet are nice too. L'Heritier-Guyot is the most widely available and of acceptable quality. It's best to avoid the domestic stuff, although Warwick Winery started making one recently that is pretty good. Freshness is important, so buy a bottle from a store that has a high turnover.
A traditional kir calls for aligote, and for a kir royale you should try to find a Cremant de Bourgogne.
Warrenr gives a useful overview. I can add one more to his list: A friend recently brought over a bottle of G. E. Massenez Cassis de Dijon that I've been slowly enjoying in kir royales.
The Burgundy Wine shop has been a good source of cassis for me in the past, though I haven't been there in a few years. (Used to work in the area.)
There are a couple I tried in Dijon that I have been able to find at 'Beverages & More' stores (California). One has been mentioned and is G. E. Massenez Cassis de Dijon, the other is Supercassis Creme de Cassis (IMHO - much better). In my tastings, the thicker the cassis the better. Look for cassis that really clings to the sides of the bottle.
The BEST I have ever had is Creme de Cassis du Domaine Kriter, but I do not think it is available in the US.
Domaine Santhenay (sp?) from Gevry-Chambertain in France goes for about 15 for a 750ml bottle. It is also availiable in 375s. I find it quite good for cocktails.
For anyone finding this through a search, like I did, here are a few additions.
The Cartron is very basic. It's okay but also very sweet, in my opinion, and there are others that are way above in quality, but not price.
Gabriel Boudier is in my opinion one of the best, classic, very balanced, not too sweet, and with nicely aligned fruit.
I would generally go for more expensive ones and French (though there some really good English ones out there), just as a general rule of thumb.