The story begins at the rue Saint-Laud in Angers, France. The year, 1849 and the brothers, Edouard-Jean and Adolphe Cointreau opened the doors to their distillery. Previously in the confectionary and cake-making business, the family saw the need for higher quality naturally flavored liqueurs that were unavailable at the time. From then on, the brothers embraced the new challenge.
Cointreau is a masterpiece, crafted through the unique distillation of all-natural sweet and bitter orange peels, resulting in a crystal clear liqueur that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and freshness. For more than 30 years, the finest orange peels are carefully selected by our Master Distiller, Carole Quinton, to create the definitive orange liqueur. This blending allows a unique organoleptic balance: a perfect balance between sweetness and freshness. This makes Cointreau by far the Triple Sec with the greatest freshness. Cointreau is also the most aromatic Triple Sec, with the highest concentration in essential orange oils.
Spirit lovers, both past and present, recognize Cointreau as a core building block in premium cocktails creation. Cointreau is the cornerstone of more than 350 internationally renowned cocktails such as the Margarita, Sidecar and Cosmopolitan. Cointreau enhances your cocktails with its perfect balance.
It releases pronounced aromas which are both refined and complex; the result of a mixture of zesty bitter orange notes combined with the freshness of lemon and vegetal notes with a hint of geranium leaf. These are followed by the fruity, rounded, soft notes of sweet oranges with a touch of candied fruit.
At the start there is good density, dominated by a sweet, full-bodied flav quickly balanced out by the warming sensation of the alcohol, a hint of acidity and slight bitterness. This is followed by a balanced blend of sweet and bitter flavours from the orange peel, which creates a pleasantly fresh sensation.