this latest avatar of the Grand Marnier marque is arguably its most successful attempt at a "shotgun marriage" of bitter orange and cognac. I have most of the special editions of the series and this particular decoction is extremely smooth with little mouthburn. the orange essence gently "perfumes" the cognac but does not attempt to take it by force. on the tongue it is slightly sweet, but not cloying and is best drunk neat and in a snifter. worth the price!
Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880
"According to a release from the company, Cuvee 1880 "celebrates the conception of Grand Marnier" (presumably around the year 1880. According to the release, founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle decided to blend Cognac with oranges (then considered a luxury item in France). This latest expression blends aged XO Cognacs from the Grand Champagne region, and emphasizes the Cognac over the orange notes for a fuller-bodied, less sweet interpretation. The exotic bottle design is intended to evoke Paris of the late 19th / early 20th centuries, with Art Nouveau and Bell Epoque influences. The design is hand-painted on each bottle, and highlighted with silver and gold accents." -Spirits Examiner, Robert Haynes-Peteron
I can't give a complete review of this product. I purchase this product to add to my collection. If possible I would like to purchase a 150yr bottle to add as well.