While ordering dessert at a local restaurant last night, I asked my server for a suggestion of a liqueur to go with it. He suggested Mandarine Napoleon. I was blown away by how good it tasted. I would be curious as to some other opinions on this liqueur.
Hey PP, never had this one but have wanted to for a while but it's cost and the fact that it seems to just be another orange liquor, the one bottle at the ABC stays there. ( yes poor me, I live in a controlled State, but very near two others that have just about everything) maybe other posts can compare this liquor that I believe uses a brandy base to other orange liquors, both neat on there own and in classic cocktails. How about vis a vis Cointreau?, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao?, Grand Mariner?, Clement Creole Shrub?
I like it quite a bit. It's one of the best orange liqueurs on the market. Their PR company sent me a bottle ($30) as well as a small sample of their Mandarine Napolean XO Grande Reserve ($350 a bottle!)
It is noticeable that they use manadarine oranges as well as regular oranges. And they use 10 yr. old cognac. It's not as sweet as many triple sec's, orange cucacao, etc. It also has clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, angelica, green and black tea, and many more herbs and spices, but not enough to interfere with the orange, more to support it.