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  • About Mandarine Napoléon

    Mandarine Napoléon 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 Napoléon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoléon, after the emperor came across chemist Antoine-François de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling. It was not until 1892, after the two had died, that the liqueur was introduced to the public.
  • A story to be told

    It is said to be a personal favourite of Napoléon Bonaparte. In fact, it was Napoléon’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 Napoléon’s favourite drink in Fourcroy’s diary and decided to create a liqueur based on the recipe. Mandarins had been introduced into Europe from China in the 18th century and grew particularly well in Corsica, Napoléon’s birthplace. Today, Mandarine Napoléon is still a real conqueror. The well-known liqueur with its undisputed taste has won many international awards and is sold in 137 countries around the world. Savoured with the same pleasure as Napoléon did 200 years ago. In September 2009 De Kuyper bought Mandarine Napoléon from Fourcroy.
  • The distillation of Mandarine Napoléon

    The macerated strong alcohol is distilled in Arnold Holstein copper pot stills to obtain a concentrate, or as we call it, a distillate. We only use the finest middle part, the heart of the distillation. The first part, the head of the distillation is volatile and the flavor is unstable. The last part of the distillation, the tail is due to levels of methanol that occur at the end of a distillation process.


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  • Mandarine Napoléon website
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Mandarine Napoléon Distillery

Mandarine Napoléon Distillery
Rue de la Roquette 36
6532 Thuin, Belgium