Laurent Cazottes Organic Tomato Liqueur
Staff Pick

Half-Bottle of Laurent Cazottes Organic Tomato Liqueur

Item # 32974 375mL
$69.99/ Single Bottle
$419.94/ Case of 6
ABV
18.00%
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Tasting Notes

Laurent Cazottes is one of the most conscientious producers in the world. His line of super artisanal spirits have quickly become the rage in top restaurants, bistros, and wine bars in Paris, where it suddenly seems like everyone needs to have some. The reason is simple; no one in the world makes anything quite like him and the sheer quality is unsurpassable. Making its debut in the USA is this brand-new, rare, organic tomato liqueur. As with the rest of his work, the creative process is driven by inspiration and is multi-layered and mind-blowing. After becoming obsessed with tomatoes and discovering that there are currently more than 2,500 varieties of the fruit in the world, he started collecting heirloom species and planting them on his farm. He currently has 72 varieties planted and uses all of them for this one-of-a-kind liqueur! After the fruit is fully ripe, he picks them all by hand, de-stems them by hand, quarters them and removes the seeds by hand and then macerates the fruit in freshly distilled organic Folle Noire eau de vie for 10 months. Next, this pomace is pressed and re-distilled. The tomato distillate is then added back to the original Folle Noire/tomato infusion and left to marry to create the final liqueur! Notes include leafy greens, super fresh tomatoes, garden scents, cantaloupe, sultanas, mulberries, fresh dates, grass, and more. An absolute must-try.


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Staff Pick Notes

I'm honestly not sure how people feel about seeing a tomato liqueur on our shelves. I knew immediately that I had to try it (a feeling that only grew in intensity as I was able to taste through the rest of Laurent Cazottes eaux-de-vie and liqueurs, which are in the running for best in the world). But I imagine for most the reaction is extreme skepticism, which I understand. Cazottes grows the 72 varieties of tomato on his own estate. They're macerated with Folle Noire eau-de-vie as a base, then the pomace is re-distilled and re-incorporated into the original infusion. Umami and sweet, incredibly complex...pure tomato is just one small part of the overall profile, which I find indescribable. In the end, there are just some things we have to experience for ourselves--this bottle is one of them.

- JON

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