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Nov 6, 2008 10:57 AM

What liquor/liqueur should I bring back from Paris?

I'll be going in December and just wondering if there is anything unique that I could buy at the duty free/in the city to take home? I live in Alberta.

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  1. It all depends upon what you personally like. and whether or not you can get it at home, as well as at what price?

    I just returned from France, and brought back a bottle of wine I love that is hard to find here, and if I could, it would be at least $50 USD. I got it there for 21 Euros. a great deal, I thought. I also brought back a bottle of Cognac we love that is no longer available in US.

    That's how I decide what's worth packing.

      1. re: barleywino

        I have never heard of Amer Picon. If I don't buy at duty free, I could probably put in my checked bag, right?

        1. re: sarah galvin

          yes, a friend brought back a bottle for me in his checked bag
          it's the Holy Grail for some bartenders
          good straight or mixed

          1. re: barleywino

            I must try it while I'm there. Thanks.

      2. Grand Marnier. I know you can get it in the US but I SWEAR they keep all the good stuff for France. It's just better. (and if you can find a good deal on the 100 anniversary or 150 anniversary Grand Marnier, buy it! I bought a bottle of the 150th anniversary in Italy for $20 (pre-Euro). It costs $350 in the US!)

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        1. re: Amuse Bouches

          That's quite a mark-up! I might need an extra carry on bag;)

          1. re: Amuse Bouches

            I often see in France a version of Grand Marnier called cordon jaune, with a yellow label as opposed to the more common cordon rouge. It is usually 2 or 3e less per bottle, any idea what the difference is between the jaune and rouge versions?

          2. A Poire William liqueur, with the pear grown in the (usually) elegant bottle, is fun, but may not be available at the duty free.

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            1. re: Veggo

              along the same lines (but no pear inside, although 20 lbs of pears are supposedly used to make one bottle) would be Belle de Brillet pear cognac (not sure whether that is available in Alberta or not) which is much more drinkable than straight Poire William imo

              1. re: barleywino

                I have not seen a pear cognac here. I'll take a look around. Great suggestion.

            2. I usually go with a calvados, but again, it depends on your tastes and what is available at your local liquor store.