Cherry Brandy - Cointreau?? Marnier?
My brother-in-law swears he once had a cherry brandy made by Cointreau...it was at a wedding in England. I've asked around for it, but all anybody knows about is their orange-flavored liqueur.
Has anybody here had or heard of or knows where to find Cointreau cherry brandy?
I ran across Cherry Marnier - is that substantially better than de Kupyers cherry brandy?
Yes, VERY DIFFERENT than DeKuyper . . .
From the Grand Marnier website, "Grand Marnier Cherry is an elegant blend of our world-renowned Grand Marnier made with our exceptionally smooth Cognac, wild tropical Haitian oranges and tantalizing European Griotte cherries."
See http://www.grand-marnier.com/index.ph... for more; they also, apparently, make a Raspberry version which I have never seen . . .
During 70's and 80's we had the opportunity to enjoy Cherry Brandy by Cointreau in US in the state of IOWA. We had a stock of them and used for years. Then I could not find any Cointreau Brandy, which I have been desperately looking for, till recently found out only the Orange flavored liqueur is sold all over USA.
I am traveling in Europe in 2014 and desperately looking for Cherry Brandy by Cointreau. No luck in Belgium. Since it was made in France, I will be looking for it when I travel to Paris.
Your brother-in-law is not crazy. Here is the proof . . .
That said, there is NO reference to Cointreau's Cherry Brandy on *either* the company's French or US websites.
Thank you Zin! I won't pass along photo evidence of sanity to him just yet....
Cointreau has definitely, and unfortunately, stopped producing their cherry brandy - (I think before 1990?)
Cherry Marnier is great - but b-in-law finds it to taste as much of almond and spice as of cherry. The Cherry Cointreau was I think more definitively cherry. The first time he tried Cherry Marnier he was hoping for it be just like Cherry Cointreau, and he was disappointed. The second time, he had the Marnier in its
own terms and really liked it.
There is this other cherry brandy I just ran across, but I don't know anything beyond the listing:
There are DOZENS of Cherry Brandies produced in the world, along with many more cherry FLAVORED brandies (such as the DeKuyper you referenced above) and many cherry liqueurs.
True cherry brandy is usually colorless and is distilled from the actual cherries themselves. Known as Kirsch, Kischwasser, or Cerise, these famous eaux-de-vie are dry, and filled with the essence of cherry. Typically very aromatic, these historically come from Alsace (France), Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and parts of the former Yugoslavia. These are sipped, often chilled, as a digestif, or served to accompany cheese and some desserts, or coffee. Some producers make it here in the United States as well. Etter of Switzerland is my favorite.
Then there are cherry FLAVORED brandies, like the DeKuyper. These are grape brandies -- often cheap, mass produced brandies, especially domestically (U.S.-made) -- with cherries and/or natural- and/or artificial flavors added. Read the label carefully. Few of these (again, especially domestically) are very good.
Finally there are the cherry liqueurs. These often have a brandy (or in the case of Cherry Marnier, a Cognac) base, but will have some noticeable sweetness to them as well. These are served at room temperature, alone of with coffee, and play a role in many cocktail recipes.
Grand Marnier cherry is very different with a cherry, cherry kernel (almond), orange, and spice flavor.
Cherry Herring is a different type of cherry with a blend of spices, but has a darker, richer, more complex flavor range, with a hint of dark chocolate, vanilla, and tannins from around five years of barrel aging.