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Canton Ginger Liqueur

tatamagouche Oct 17, 2006 11:14 PM

Does anyone know if it still exists? I can't find it anywhere anymore...

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    savoir Sep 9, 2007 10:12 AM

    I was looking for it too... and found it...comes from Jarnac, france and its taste super fresh.. spicy but smooth

    www.domainedecanton.com

    1. Papa Kip Chee Sep 10, 2007 09:54 AM

      I read a media release that the original owner of the brand, Charles Jacquin spirits, is re-releasing the liqueur with a slight reformulation. As of now i think it's only available in the NYC market.

      1. warrenr Sep 10, 2007 12:18 PM

        yep, it's back on the shelves in a fancy new defective package. the bottle is very prone to leaking, so grab it now before they recall it.

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          savoir Sep 23, 2007 11:22 AM

          I know... the perfume bottle is hard to pour...it drips if you dont use a pourer or aren't extra careful..........it did, however make a mean ginger mojitos for my guests last night ..my recipe: 2 canton, 1/2 light rum, lime/mint muddled-- no simple syrup (already sweet enough)...nasty good...

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          sarbuze Oct 10, 2007 01:01 PM

          Only available currently in NYC. Here's a review of the stuff:

          http://foodandwineblog.com/?p=131

          1. chocolateninja Jan 4, 2008 12:59 AM

            So it turns out that I have a bottle of the "old" stuff from China...this: http://www.cocktaildb.com/ingr_detail?id=193
            which I rather enjoy. After all this fuss about the "new" release, http://www.cantonliqueur.com/ , I'm wondering if anyone has done a taste comparison between the two. Are they basically the same thing? I'm trying to figure out if they are even related, company and formulation-wise, and if I should bother looking up a bottle of the "new" stuff.

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              JoanN Jan 4, 2008 05:05 AM

              I, too, have a bottle of the "old" stuff, and it must be a different formula. First of all, from the description on the food and wine blog, the new Canton Liqueur is 28% acohol; my bottle reads 20% alcohol. And the descriptions of contents differ as well. From the blog: "Canton is 28 percent alcohol (56 proof) and contains syrup made from caramelized Vietnamese baby ginger, Grand Champagne VSOP cognac, neutral spirit, orange blossom honey from Provence, and vanilla." And from the label on the old bottle: "It's made from six varieties of ginger harmonized with a touch of gentle herbs and ginseng. Blended with the finest spirits and rich brandy. Rounded with honey."

              A side-by-side would be very interesting. I suspect, just from the descriptions on the links posted here, that the old version has stronger herbal notes and may be somewhat sweeter.

            2. JMF Jan 4, 2008 05:05 AM

              Canton just won best over all spirit of the year in the international spirit competition.

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                Spiritsreview Jan 5, 2008 06:46 PM

                Here's my review : http://spiritsreview.com/reviews-liqu... -it is quite a bit different from the original, yes they did reformulate it (have the literature here somewhere....) I am going to try to hunt down an old bottle to do a side by side.
                I remember the old one being a good bit sweeter.

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                  chocolateninja Jan 7, 2008 03:55 PM

                  Nice review. (: I'll have to hunt down the "new" bottle. Sounds delish and a bit spicier than the stuff I have (which is nice too, but not as spicy as I imagined when I first purchased the bottle.) I didn't think that the stuff I had was overly sweet, either...course, I was drinking it with a few ice cubes, so it's possible that having it room temp. would "sweeten" it up.

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