Liqueur NV Benedictine
DOM Benedictine, Glass Wax Button
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Bénédictine is a herbal liqueur produced in France and it was developed by wine merchant Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and marketed as having been derived from an original recipe of Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy lost in the ashes of the French Revolution
Alexandre le Grand
In 1863 Alexandre Le Grand developed a recipe for an herbal liqueur, helped by a local chemist, from old medicinal recipes. To market it, he embellished a story of it having been developed by monks at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, and produced by them until the abbey's devastation during the French Revolution. He began production under the trade name "Bénédictine", To reinforce his myth, he placed the abbreviation "D.O.M." on the label, for "Deo Optimo Maximo" ("To God, most good, most great").
The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, purportedly known to only three people at any given time, but it is known to contain 27 herbs and spices, of which the following 21 are publicly known: Angelica, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, saffron, mace, fir cones, aloe, arnica, lemon balm, tea, thyme, coriander, clove, lemon, vanilla, orange peel, honey, red berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg; leaving six unknown
The Bénédictine Palace
The only distillery in the world where this liqueur is still being produced today is also a museum. The cellars in which the liqueur matures can be visited before tasting one of the three Bénédictine Expressions and a cocktail.