Merlet Liqueurs

As historic producers of cognac, innovation and branching into new terrains came late to the Merlet story. Founded in 1850 as a cognac house, it wasn’t until the fifth generation of the family took over that Merlet began to produce its liqueurs.

As the 1970s drew to a close Gilles Merlet took a decisive step for his family business, experimenting with a new cultivation by planting blackcurrant bushes. By 1981 he could proudly hold the first bottle of liqueur – their Crème de Cassis de Saintonge. Today, as the range has expanded exponentially, the Merlets still grow their own blackcurrants and work with exclusive farmers to source their other fruits.

These fresh fruits macerate in neutral spirit giving over their vibrant flavours which are then harnessed by the family’s maceration and filtration artisanal techniques.

Tasting Notes

  • Merlet « Trois Citrus » (Triple Sec)

    Clear with a pale silver straw cast. Bright honeyed orange zest and pepper aromas with a soft, oily fruity sweet full body and fully dimensional orange and custard finish.

    Palate: Predominated by the power of the blackcurrant, then jammed blackberry flavours.

  • Merlet «Lune d’Abricot » (Abricot Brandy)

    Gold color. Elegant nose, spices and mango notes. Smooth and lively honey liqueur mouth, apricot jam with citrus hints, soft almond and praline. Extremely long finish, nice bitterness.

  • Merlet «Sœurs Cerises» (Cherry Brandy)

    Merlet «Sœurs Cerises» is the revival of a great classic fruit liqueur, the Cherry Brandy. Several specific cherry varieties, including Morello, have been selected by the Merlet family for their wide range of aromas. It is a combination of two craft production methods. The fruits are macerated in neutral alcohol and the resulting infusion is married to a distilled cherry spirit. A touch of a young family cognac is then added to bring power and complexity.

    Merlet «Sœurs Cerises» Singapore Sling recipe below:

    25 ml Sœurs Cerises 45 ml Cremorne Colonel Fox London Dry Gin 20 ml Lemon juice 7.5 ml Bénédictine 1 bar spoon de Kirsch MIXING INSTRUCTION : Measure ingredients into a mixing tin and add ice. Shake vigorously for proper chill and dilution. Strain into a chilled glass. Top with soda water. GARNISH:Lemon twistand cherry GLASS: Highball glass

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