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Suze 1L

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If you are looking for an aperitif to serve before a meal and want something that is different from the rest, Suze is just the spirit that you were searching for. This aperitif is not based on wine, like many of its counterparts. Instead, Suze uses the roots of the gentian plant, left to macerate in alcohol for years, as the base upon which their remarkable orange-coloured liqueur is built.

Suze is the product of a collaboration between Fernand Moureaux and Henri Porte, who back in the 1880s decided that the future of aperitifs was theirs to decide. Suze quickly gained popularity, going so far as to inspire one of Pablo Picasso's paintings. As said before, this liqueur is based on a gentian-infused neutral base alcohol which is then blended with other herbs and botanicals to give Suze its noteworthy flavour.

The bitterness in Suze is nicely restrained and well accompanied by the soft floral notes offered by the other ingredients. The subtle sweetness is welcome, kept in perfect balance by the bitterness so that this drink does not ever become cloyingly sweet. Try it on the rocks, in a spritz, with tonic, or however else you see fit. This delicate aperitif is sure to win you over.

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Technical sheet

Category:Herbal liqueur (Liquors & creams,Spirits)
Producer: Pernod Ricard
Volume: 100cl Other volumes
70cl and Magnum
Alcohol Vol.: 15%
Country: Switzerland

Description of Suze 1L

Suze 1L

TASTING NOTES:

  • Color: bright golden amber and bronze body smooth and shiny.
  • Smell: Intense and harmonious, with a predominance of gentian, and the fruity aromas of citrus and apricots and vanilla surrounded by a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: Delicate, as a result of all these mixtures, flavored with gentian root, non-aggressive a slight bitterness that gradually rounded.The end, like a perfect combination of softness and roundness of bitter gentian leaving clearly expressed.

PRODUCER: Pernod Ricard

COUNTRY: Switzerland

ALCOHOL: 15%

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The Producer

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the second largest group in the world for the production and distribution of wines and spirits. The group was formed in 1975 from the merger of the two largest French aniseed aperitif producers, Pernod and Ricard. The decision to join forces rather than continue to compete proved to be a winning strategy!

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Reviews of Suze 1L

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3.5/5

A very good option for an aperitif
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Pour l'apero

5 /5

We love it, but it is difficult and expensive to buy in the UK
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4 /5

- The source of the flavours is fresh wild gentian root from the Auvergne, and fresh cultivated gentian root from Normandy - half of each.
- The wild roots take 20 to 30 years to be ready to harvest, while the cultivated variety takes a mere 9 to 13 years. The wild roots are harvested manually with an implement known as "la fourche du diable" - the devil's fork.
- The gentler terrain of the cultivated roots can be mechanically harvested, although selection is still entirely manual. The roots are macerated in neutral alcohol for around a year before being pressed to extract the flavour.
- The bouquet is enhanced by the addition of a distillate of angelica and other herbs.
- Over time the strength of Suze sold in France has declined to 15%, with a consequent reduction in the intensity of the flavours. Suze Saveur d'Autrefois ("taste of the old days") is a return to the original style.
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Suze Saveur D'Autrefois 1L

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TASTING NOTES:

  • Color: Suze 1L is bright golden amber and bronze body smooth and shiny.
  • Smell: Intense and harmonious, with a predominance of gentian, and aromas of citrus and apricot fruit and hints of vanilla surrounded by a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: Delicate as a result of all these mixtures, flavored with gentian root, a slight non-aggressive bitterness that gradually rounded.

The end, like a perfect combination of softness and roundness of flavor that leaves bitter gentian clearly expressed.

PRODUCER: Pernod Ricard

COUNTRY: Switzerland

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