There are the pastis brands that everyone knows, and then there is Pastis Henri Bardouin. Another vision of what pastis should be; Pastis Henri Bardouin takes us on a journey into the heart of history from around the world. More than 65 ingredients are used in crafting this liquor, including anise mixed with angelica, sagebrush, and star anise; cinnamon mixed with cardamom, cornﬂower and tonka bean; cloves mixed with grains of paradise, peppers and balm; liquorice mixed with nutmeg, rosemary, sage, thyme and many others that are all a closely guarded secret.
Distillerie de Lure, founded in 1898 at Forcalquier, in Provence, has had a succession of owners for nearly 80 years, amongst whom was Henri Bardouin, a man with a passionate interest in plants and herbs. In 1974 Alain Robert and his team took the helm of the company now known as Distilleries et Domaines de Provence.
GSN’s Remarks: Pastis is the less bitter and more herbal cousin to absinthe. Generally used as an aperitif to stimulate the appetite before a meal, it can also be used during the meal and even as a digestif. This particular pastis serves all three purposes beautifully. We like the soft herbality and warm sweetness of the liqueur. Considering that there are over five dozen ingredients, the end result is clean and refreshing. We enjoy a 5-1 ratio of pastis with cool water. GSN Rating: A+
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