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Grand Flights
I had a bottle of regular Grand Marnier at home that I've used mostly for cooking for the last few years. With just a little bit left and inspired by the Grand Marnier Centennaire I had at L2O, I decided I should finish it off. For the last month I've been sipping little glasses of it while doing various chores around the house. I think I've become quite a fan of it...

Now, I found a restaurant in Hartford called Peppercorn's Grill that has a Grand Marnier flight. You get three round bottom Grand Marnier shot-glasses with about 1.5oz each of classic Grand Marnier, Grand Marnier Centennaire (100th anniversary) and Centcinquantennaire (150th anniversary) in a Grand Marnier holder and a dessert of your choice for a very decent $25. If I had that Canon DSLR I could take a picture...

So I tried all three of them in different combinations to compare them. I started with the classic Grand Marnier which was basically the same as what I had at home. It has a nice light orange flowery bouquet and generates nice warming sensation as it coats your tongue. It finishes with a slightly rough spicy sensation.

The Centennaire is slightly darker and has a deeper bouquet reminiscent of dried apricots. The taste is smoother and deeper with more complexity.

The Centcinquantennaire is in between the two, not as floral as the regular and not as dark as the 100. I actually prefer the flavor of the 100, but the great thing about the 150 is how smooth and soft it is, it's very pleasant to drink. Even more shocking is how different the regular tastes after trying the 150. After the 100 or 150, the regular tasted rough and dry with a much sharper spiciness and a hint of chemical harshness. 100 or 150 is definitely the way to go.

Then there was the after taste. I'm not sure which one it came from since I tried them all but even 10 minutes after I left the restaurant I could still taste some Grand Marnier on the back of my tongue. It reminded me of the fruitiness of Haw Flakes and Chinese Gyem-seung-dee (salty-sour-sweet) preserved plums. Now I want some more...

Oh, yeah their homemade gnocchi of the day and the free Italian sundae were pretty tasty too.
Posted 08/26/2008 08:14 PM in Drinks, Hartford, Restaurants, Reviews, Travel | Total Comments: (8)
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