Bénédictine Liqueur

About Bénédictine

Alexandre Le Grand
Year Founded:
Distillery Location:
Fecamp, France
Visitor Center:

The Palais Benedictine, Fecamp, France

Master Distiller / Blender:
Eric Tourain, Master Distiller
Types of Spirits Made:

Bénédictine Essential Facts

  • In 1510, the Benedictine monk Don Bernardo Vincelli created the recipe for this French liqueur, which calls for 27 plants and spices. The three main ingredients are Angelica, Hyssop and Lemon Balm.
  • There are only three people on earth who know the complete recipe for making the spirit.
  • Benedictine is aged for up to 17 months before bottling.
  • The brand was first imported to the United States in 1888.

Discussion (8)

  • gemgemsew posted 9 months ago

    I love Benedictine, although I always have to educate the liquor stores here that it's not B & B.
    I'm from California, and have to special order it here. What is the alcohol%/volume of Benedictine?

  • Will.Paige.DDG posted 1 year ago

    Alexandre Le Grand invented the recipe himself, helped by a local chemist, and he told this story to connect the liqueur with the city history of pesky Monks to increase sales. Another great Christian hoax like "That is absurd! The cardinal has no interest in children." Later rumor has it that the Monks were fed to the lions (not verified)

  • Tiny Dancer posted 2 years ago

    There are few liqueurs that reach the sublime; for me this is the apex of such a category.

    Stated simply, it tastes as though you are drinking....flowers. The pure essence of the most wondrous flowers ever to bloom in any place imagined or real.

  • wishwa br silva posted 2 years ago

    how i can buy in sri anka

  • Brandon posted 3 years ago

    Benedictine smells like wart remover.

  • Liquor.com posted 3 years ago

    Bénédictine is 80-proof, like most straight spirits, which means it won't "go bad" and become unsafe to drink. However, if your bottle has been open for a while, it has probably become oxidized and lost flavor. Here's some more info on when to keep and when to toss old bottles: http://liquor.com/articles/taming-your-liquor-cabinet/.

  • James DeMartino posted 3 years ago

    Please reply. Does Benedictine go bad over time?

  • LARRY LEDFORD posted 6 years ago

    No Benedictine that I have purchased in the U.S. has come close to the golden velvet of that bought at Monte Cassino in Rome. Can it be purchased online from the monastery and from what website? Thanks

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