Suze Saveur d'Autrefois - 70cl - 20% ABV
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In 1885, Fernand Moureaux inherited a family distillery in Maisons- Alfort. In order to rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy, he joined forces with Henri Porte, his bank manager's son, to create a new aperitif and instead of basing their aperitif on wine, they used a bitter-rooted alpine plant — gentian!
For generations, Suze has been renowned for its original recipe and traditional production. Its aromatic complexity is the result of a subtle balance between fresh gentian and many different aromatic plant extracts.
Suze is made from both farmed gentian and wild gentian. When the gentian has been picked, it is washed, cut and left to macerate in alcohol for at least a year. The juice of the gentian is then extracted by pressing its roots. Next, this juice is distilled in a still following a process that has been specially designed for making Suze, and which gives the product its signature. Then comes the final blending stage, when the gentian is combined with other aromatics.
It is bittersweet to taste, with perfumed citrus and herbal vegetal notes throughout. It can be served long with tonic and lots of ice, but also works if you add just a splash into an otherwise classic G&T.
Negroni Advice -
This is the bedrock of the White Negroni (add equal parts dry vermouth and gin). Expect the same bitter impact Campari brings, except in the form of gentian, floral alpine flavours, earthy roots and herbs instead of the orangey hit.