Country of origin: France Alcohol content: 16% ABV
Originally made in 1865, and immediately nicknamed “ouvre l’appetit" (key to the appetite), Bonal Gentiane-Quina is made by infusing gentian root, herbs from the Grande Chartreuse mountains, and cinchona (quinine), in a Mistelle base, producing a wine that is known for its complexity.
A hybrid aromatised wine that features both gentian and cinchona bark. It mixes well with cider, tonic, and American and Scotch whiskies, and can easily be paired with salted nuts and hard cheeses. Try it as a modifier or as the base in classic whisky or gin cocktails, or neat with a lemon twist.
Bonal is an excellent choice for adding a bitter edge and robust texture. Simply add tonic water and a squeeze of lemon for an afternoon delight.
Born in 1826, Hyppolite Bonal was orphaned at the age of 12 and sent to the Grande Chartreuse Monastery. He became the abbey’s doctor after studying medicine and pharmacology in Paris and Lyon. After eight years in this role, he moved to the neighboring village of Saint Laurent du Pont to become a pharmacist. During meditative walks in the Chartreuse Mountains, Bonal collected numerous wild plants and herbs and studied their digestive and medicinal qualities. This led him to create his namesake fortifying wine in 1865.
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