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Giffard Legacy

All began during the very hot summer 1885…


Emile GIFFARD is at that time a dispensing pharmacist in Angers (Val de Loire).

Inventive, curious and gourmet, he undertook research on the digestive and refreshing properties of mint. He thereby invented a pure, clear and refined white mint liqueur which he tested with the Grand Hotel’s customers, in order to relieve them from heat. Success came at once.

Emile changed his pharmacy into a distillery and called his liqueur Menthe-Pastille , referring to the mint sweets very famous at that time.

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Five generations later Giffard is still in the hands of the same family and keeps quality as a motto from the origin.

Menthe-Pastille posters

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