Marie Brizard founded her eponymous company in 1755 in Bordeaux with her nephew Jean-Baptiste Roger, and initially became famous for an aniseed liqueur now known as Marie Brizard anisette. By 1765 they began expanding their product range, and Marie Brizard now produces a huge array of liqueurs, spirits and even wines. For details on how the comparison was performed, check the notes on the showdown.
Marie Brizard Curaçao Orange
Marie Brizard Curaçao Orange is a very deep orange colour, helped along by caramel colouring, making it one of the darkest liqueurs in the comparison. Like many Curaçaos here it uses Cognac as a flavouring component, and interestingly it also uses rum like the Bols Dry Orange liqueur did. The nose has a zesty, bitter orange smell, with a Cognac background note and a slightly perfumed scent. There is also a definite alcohol heat towards the end.
Upon first tasting the liqueur is rather absent of, well, anything. It’s a really odd sensation, almost like you have sipped slightly thick water. However a sweetness soon develops with a mild Cognac background, which is followed by a bitter orange kick which increases in strength towards the end of the rather long finish, eventually showing a bit of alcohol burn as well. An interesting tasting liqueur, pleasant to sip alone and with definite cocktail potential.
Marie Brizard Triple Sec
Marie Brizard Triple Sec weighs in at a mere 23% ABV, which is nearly half the alcohol content of many of the triple secs in the comparison. It has a very light orange fragrance, slightly zesty, with a background note of alcohol. Though not particularly viscous in the glass, it has quite a heavy mouth feel. On sipping you get a fresh but mild orange taste and a fair amount of sweetness.
The finish is rather short, with a rock candy flavour which fades to nothing rather quickly. There is no real burn, which is unsurprising given the low proof of the spirit. Not unpleasant, but fairly one-dimensional and probably too weak in flavour to stand up well in a cocktail. I have always been impressed with Brizard’s fruit liqueurs, so I was somewhat disappointed when I learned this triple sec was theirs. They also produce a strong 39% ABV triple sec, I would be interested to see if that fairs better.
Note: In the interests of full disclosure, the liqueurs included in this comparison are a mixture of bottles I have purchased myself, and samples solicited from their UK distributors.
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