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Giffard Legacy

It all began during the very hot summer of 1885…

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At that time, Émile Giffard was a dispensing chemist living in Angers (Val de Loire).

He had an inventive, inquiring mind, and was a gourmet as well. He took an interest in the digestive and refreshing properties of mint, and ended up concocting a pure, clear and refined white mint liqueur which he promptly put to the test by offering the guests at the Grand Hotel a sip of his cordial as a relief against the heat wave.

Having found instant success, Émile turned his pharmacy into a distillery and named  his liqueur Menthe-Pastille , in reference to the tiny mint sweets that were all the rage in those days.

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Five generations later, the family business still bears the GIFFARD name and is proud to uphold the high standards of quality instilled by its original creator.

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