Exquisite is the perfect word for Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, and when I shared this photo of sipping it the social networks erupted. So I figured I’d share a bit more about the liqueur and my tasting experience.
Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire was launched to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the House of Grand Marnier in 1977. It was created specifically for cognac enthusiasts and was originally marketed as:
“Hard to find, impossible to pronounce, and prohibitively expensive.”
It’s an accurate tagline and I was lucky that my friends chose to open this rare bottle when I was visiting. I’m not sure I want to get accustomed to it, but I certainly enjoyed the experience to the fullest.
This outstanding bitter orange cognac has been aged for 150 years, and the complexity shows it’s age. Deep, rich and nuanced, this cognac almost begs for you to stop everything you are doing, sit, sip and contemplate.
The Cent Cinquantenaire has so much more depth and character than regular Grand Marnier it’s almost shocking to compare them. Which of course we did. The first thing you notice is the distinct difference in colour.
The Cinquantenaire is a dark burnt-orange and almost glows when held beside Grand Marnier. If you swirl it, and I dare you to try this without a swirl or two, you’ll notice the the legs are amazing. A horizontal line was left on my glass that I thought for a moment was a crack.
Then a tentative sniff, followed by a deep intoxicating inhale left me wondering if I just wanted to spend the evening exploring the fragrance rather than drinking. Yes, I know this sounds a little much… but it’s true. Of course I didn’t, since sipping it was just as much of an exploration of flavour.
The website suggests pairing the Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire with desserts such as chocolate sponge cake and tiramisu. Or even hard cheeses such as aged gouda and comté, or parmigiano. I’d say simply sip it by a roaring fire with the dogs at your feet and let the servants turn down your bed.