Orange Liqueur Battles: Cointreau vs. Grand Marnier
We begin with the heavyweights. Cointreau is produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou, France. The Cointreau brothers Adolphe and Edouard-Jean began selling their orange liqueur in 1870. In 1990, the family-owned company merged with Rémy Martin to form Rémy Cointreau, a publicly traded entity.
Grand Marnier's first distillery was built in 1827 in Neauphle-le-Château, France. The current flagship product was first produced in 1880. The brand is now owned by the Campari Group in Italy.
Head-to-head, Grand Marnier is simply more orangey, both in color and flavor. It is smoother and the combination with Cognac is less baby aspriny than one gets with Cointreau.
Winner: Grand Marnier
Orange Liqueur Battles: Grand Marnier vs. Bols Triple Sec
Bols has been our preferred lower-shelf triple sec for some time. The Dutch company claims to be the oldest distillery brand in the world, extant since 1575. The triple sec is but one of 30 different flavors produced.
We both preferred Grand Marnier - simply more flavor by my reckoning. Interestingly, my wife said she prefers the Bols to Cointreau: less harsh. I feel with a gentler orange flavor in the Bols, more of the lemon comes through - not a bad thing.
Winner and Champion: Grand Marnier
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