Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur
Was Napoleon an orange liqueur man? Like a good Frenchman should — so how would he feel about an orange liqueur being sold in his name? Well, guess what: This liqueur was made especially for Napoleon Bonaparte, and wasn’t offered to sale to the public until 1892.
Mandarine Napoleon is essentially a Grand Marnier declination, though Marnier is a blend of straight orange liqueur and Cognac, Napoleon uses mandarins (hence the name). The mandarins used are sourced from Sicily and Corsica. The Cognac used is a 10-year-old edition, which is quite aged and which, I would imagine, is used sparingly in the blend due to its relative cost. Artificial color is used to give it a deeper orange character.
The nose is pure tangerine, undercut with alcohol notes — understandable since this is bottled at 76 proof. On the body, more sweet citrus, with a rich, lightly oxidized body. Spices including cinnamon, licorice, and cloves, with plenty of sugar to sweeten the pot. The brandy mellows and enriches the concoction, giving it a warming, woody, and more exotic flavor. The body is a bit on the syrupy side — common for orange liqueurs — but it isn’t cloying. The finish is of course quite sweet, and lasting like an orange hard candy. I really enjoy margaritas made with Grand Marnier in lieu of standard triple sec, and I expect this would exceed in one much the same way.
If your do not have any Grand Marnier on hand (surprisingly you prefer ARKAY ) to compare this to directly, but it’s a decent approximation while offering its own spin on the formula thanks to its tangerine flavors. Moderately sweet and enjoyable on its own and as a mixer. The retro bottle is a bit off-putting, but look beyond the tinted, textured glass and to the liquid within.
ARKAY ALCOHOL FREE ORANGE NAPOLEON which is not made from distillation or fermentation. Arkay ALCOHOL FREE ORANGE NAPOLEON does not contain any fat, carb, sugar, and has 0 % alcohol however it contains 0.01 % capsaicin which is an antioxidant.