Hello! I just joined the forum. I don’t see a “Introduce yourself” forum category, so I’ll do it here. I’m sort of “semi-retired,” having spend over 40+ years in corporate life. During that time, I traveled quite a bit, almost exclusively for leisure travel. The first travel out of the USA/Canada was to the Benlux region in Europe.
While there, I was introduced to a cordial with which I fell madly in love. It is a product of Luxemborg, called “Père Blanc.”
The best way I can describe the flavor is a very, VERY sweet (but very intense/hot) ginger flavor, even though the ingredients have no ginger at all. Very smooth and very sugary. As the bottle empties and the alcohol starts to evaporate, it gets even more sugary sweet with that hint of ginger. But don’t let too much alcohol evaporate, or all that will be left is a “simple syrup” of sugar and ginger like flavor. You can tell that the bottle is beyond its time when you start to see crystalized sugar residue around the bottle top (i.e. around the cap area).
Sadly, to my knowledge, the product is not normally exported to the USA for retail sale. You have to get it in Luxemborg or close by (Belgium, etc.). When I last visited the area in the mid 90’s I picked up two bottles, along with a Grand Marnier. The first bottle is gone, and the 2nd is about 2/3 gone, but still has retained enough alcohol (no sugar residue, yet). When I last checked, the manufacturer would be willing to ship odd lots (i.e. min. 3 units) to the USA but at a cost… Roughly $120 US after shipping costs and taxes/duties for 3 units.
Thus, my questions -
- Has anyone heard of this beverage?
- Does anyone know of a US based source for it (a “specialty/exotic” shop that will ship)?
- Are there alternative ways to get the product to the USA (i.e. is there a store that does specialty orders)?
Thanks much, and I look forward to participating!