Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur
Mandarine Napoleon is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Dating back to the early 1800s, and its roots stemming from the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoleon, after the emperor came across chemist Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling.
Mandarine Napoleon was first bottled in 1892, but first produced some time before. It is said to be a personal favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte. In fact, it was Napoleon's physician, Antoine-Francois de Fourcroy, who first had the idea of macerating mandarins in alcohol and then blending the distillate with cognac. And indeed, the two were often said to have enjoyed a glass together. During the 19th century a Belgian chemist, Louis Schmidt, discovered the recipe of Napoleon's favorite drink in Fourcroy’s diary and decided to create a liqueur based on the recipe.