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fernand moureaux, creator of Suze, was the heir to a family distillery. in 1885, he created an aperitif based on gentian roots, initially at 32% abv, although this was soon moderated to 20%. he presented his apéritif à la gentiane at the universal exhibition in 1889, where it was immediately awarded a gold medal. he named it suze, after his step-sister, suzanne.

the source of the flavours is fresh wild gentian root from the auvergne, and fresh cultivated gentian root from normandy – half of each. the wild roots take 20 to 30 years to be ready to harvest, while the cultivated variety takes a mere 9 to 13 years. the wild roots are harvested manually with an implement known as “la fourche du diable” – the devil’s fork. the gentler terrain of the cultivated roots can be mechanically harvested, although selection is still entirely manual. the roots are macerated in neutral alcohol for around a year before being pressed to extract the flavour. The bouquet is enhanced by the addition of a distillate of angelica and other herbs.

suze saveur d’autrefois (“taste of the old days”) is a return to the original style. it is delicious on the rocks or over ice with tonic. The signature serve is the white negroni: equal parts suze, white vermouth and London dry gin, served over ice with a twist of lemon.

Distributor: Emporia Brands


Phone: 01483 458 700