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Benedictine Liqueur

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September 1987 - April 1989.

Bénédictine is an herbal liqueur beverage produced in France. Its recipe contains 27 plants and spices.

1510 Bénédictine is said, according to some sources, to have been first developed by Dom Bernardo Vincelli, at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy.

1863 Alexandre Le Grand, uncovered the recipe, and started to reproduce the liqueur.

1873 The private company of Le Grand, Benedictine SA Company, was producing 150,000 bottles per year.

1930s Company began to produce B and B (Benedictine and Brandy), when consumers began a trend of mixing Bénédictine with brandy to produce a drier taste.

1977 The company introduced a 60 proof (30% alcohol) coffee liqueur, Café Bénédictine, a blend of Bénédictine and another coffee-flavored liqueur.

It is said that Burnley Miners' Club in Burnley, United Kingdom is the world's biggest single consumer of Benedictine liqueur, after Lancashire regiments acquired a taste for it during the First World War. [1]

2008 Even today, the bottles of Benedictine carry the same trademark as used since 1864, carrying the initials DOM which stands for Deo Optimo Maximo ('to God most good, most great).

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [2] Wikipedia
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  1. [1] Wikipedia