Ultimate Beverage Challenge 87 points - Rich and silky with a sweet pear juice entry with supporting notes of under ripe pear, pear skins, and soft citrus notes. Serve chilled. (Mar 2012)
Known since the 18th century as the 1/2 Elixir of Life, » black currant liqueur is made in several regions of France, though some of the best black currants are to be found in Burgundy. The two varieties used to make Mathilde Cassis are the Noir de Bourgogne and the Blackdown. Noir de Bourgogne has excellent taste qualities and the reputation of being the best black currant to eat. Blackdown is a soft, sweet variety. A long steeping period ensures a perfect balance between alcohol and fruit.
|Made in France from family recipes dating back over a century, Mathilde liqueurs are all handcrafted. The fruit used to make Mathilde comes from orchards that are treated and maintained in the most natural of fashion, according to strict rules, in order to guarantee the highest quality. Only the best and most intensely flavored fruit is selected and used immediately to express all its freshness.
The techniques for making Mathilde liqueurs differ for each fruit. Mathilde Pear, Peach, Raspberry and Black Currant are made from infusions of fruit in order to extract all their aromas and flavors.
The fruit is steeped in alcohol for several weeks and the infusion is stirred several times each day to obtain a harmonious mix of fruit and alcohol. The alcoholic strength is gradually reduced by adding pure water. The fruit is removed when the process is complete and premium cane syrup is added to balance the flavors and natural acidity of the fruit.
Mathilde liqueurs are entirely natural - no stabilizers or preservatives are ever added.