A classic medium-bodied French herbal liqueur, Benedictine was awarded 95 points by the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago. Benedictine DOM, as a health tonic, relieves fatigue while strengthening physical power. Drinking Benedictine DOM before meals will regulate gastrointestinal activities and strengthen them. Made by French Benedictine monks at Fecamp, Dom Benedictine has as its basis the blending of 27 different plants and spices from five continents. These include a blend of herbs, spices and an infusion of saffron, honey, thyme, tea and caramel. Moreover, the liqueur is popular among women post-pregnancy as the Chinese believe that it is poh (nourishing), and will strengthen and warm the body after the stress of childbirth.
Tasting Notes: Unlike other herbal liqueurs, Bénédictine is not medicinal. Instead, it has the flavour of sweet honey accented with holiday spices, stone fruits, and a herbal nuance. Imagine brandy mixed with gin and sweetened with honey and you’ll have a close idea of the intriguing taste of Bénédictine.
Back in the 1700’s however when Benedictine was first produced by a Venetian monk, sourcing 27 botanicals including angelica, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, saffron, aloe, arnica and cinnamon must have been quite the challenge. A half-Century or so the gap in production at the beginning of the 19th Century followed before the original recipe was re-discovered, modernised and put back into production. Today the exact recipe is a closely guarded secret, but we know that it is distilled in copper pot stills and aged in oak barrels for at least a little while.