Djebenah Bunah by Massenez or Cigar Mix XO by Frapin?


At Massenez, we may have rested on our laurels and been content material with the success of our fruit brandies or our Morello cherries.

Drawing on expertise as a distiller relationship again to 1870, Bernard Baud, who runs the Massenez distillery, has his sights set on the long run. The creation of novelties supposed to draw a rejuvenated clientele is a part of its program.

The revival of cocktail style and the feminine clientele are additionally aims of the Massenez home. After the Dom Pacello Royal Orange liqueur and the Golden Eight liqueur, here’s a new liqueur: Djebenah Buna.


A espresso liqueur that finds its sources within the highlands of Ethiopia. In fact, there are already many manufacturers that supply espresso liqueur, however all of them embody components similar to caramel, sugar syrup or chocolate of their composition.

On this case, Bernard Baud needed to make a very pure liqueur that excluded all these entrants. A priority for high quality resulting in an excessive complication within the conceptions of this liqueur by Massenez.

To reach his wager, Bernard Baud has surrounded himself with the abilities of two MOFs (Meilleur Ouvrier de France): one is a bartender, David Palanque; the opposite is a roaster, it is Vincent Poll. It was the latter who had one of many decisive roles in choosing the espresso cru and making certain the proper diploma of roasting.

However, it took three years to give you the proper recipe. Extreme acidity being the recurring downside throughout the elaboration and as usually, the answer was discovered empirically by utilizing a bag of floor espresso forgotten in a spot heated to 30°.

From this espresso grind, he makes an infusion, half of which is distilled in a nonetheless. The brandy obtained is then related to the remaining infusion with none addition as we have now already specified. That is how this espresso liqueur was born.

As for its title, Djebenah Buna, it designates in Amharic language, the espresso ceremony inside Ethiopia and by extension the espresso maker which is used to organize espresso.

Djebenah Buna espresso liqueur might be loved in a number of methods, plain at room temperature accompanied by a cigar, plain however refreshed with an ice dice or built-in right into a cocktail. The espresso will then spotlight the opposite parts of the cocktail.

In plain tasting, the aroma of espresso is omnipresent as quickly as you open the carafe and infrequently do you retain this roasting aroma within the nostril for therefore lengthy. Within the mouth, this sensation persists with a gourmand sensation that settles within the style buds. A really slight acidity provides a refreshing notice however you by no means really feel the bitterness of sure coffees or the syrupy sensation of sure liqueurs.

As for the size within the mouth, it appears infinite. The Djebenah Buna espresso liqueur from Massenez is bought within the type of a good looking carafe on the value of 85€.

At all times within the French custom, the cognac undergoes on the French market, the tough competitors of the trendy spirits, specifically these produced in France. Whisky, gin, vodka, there may be not a French area that doesn’t produce these spirits from elsewhere. Most likely forgetting that these areas have authentic merchandise left deserted.

It needs to be famous that the cognac area will not be the final to commit itself to the manufacturing of those spirits with overseas origins. For this reason the initiatives of the wonderful French homes needs to be welcomed.

On this respect, the Frapin home affords an XO (ten years previous) known as Cigar Mix XO which is devoted to vitola lovers. This brandy is distilled on lees and aged in humid cellars.

A selection that offers it roundness and suppleness. It highlights the fragile notes of “rancio” present in previous cognacs.

Created within the spirit of a tasting pairing with cigars, it bears a reputation devoted to this marriage. Its mahogany shade is in complete settlement with this wooden coming from Cuba and that the cabinetmakers of La Rochelle used within the making of their furnishings.

The nostril, very suave, lets come aromas of the islands the place the walnut kernel dominates. The growing old in new oak barrels brings complicated notes which mingle the scents of a cigar cellar that’s opened.

Within the mouth, it’s on the size that this Cigar Mix is revealed. Balanced and delicate, it requires just a little persistence earlier than revealing itself. Dried apricot, vanilla with discretion, leather-based and a spicy, nearly peppery end will simply help the facility of a Cuban cigar with cocoa aromas. A pleasant Trinidad can be best.

Cognac Frapin Cigar Mix XO round 110€.

Joel Chassaing-Cuvillier


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