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Bénédictine

Bénédictine is an herbal liqueur beverage produced in France. Its recipe contains 27 plants and spices.

In 1510, at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp in Normandy, a monk, Dom Bernardo Vincelli developed a recipe for an aromatic elixir. It was produced at the Abbey until the recipe was lost during the abbey's devastation at the time of the French Revolution. In 1863, Alexandre le Grand, re-discovered the recipe, and began production under the trade name "Bénédictine"; the company he founded continues to produce the liqueur today.

The recipe is a closely guarded trade secret, ostensibly known to only three people at any given time. So many people have tried (and failed) to reproduce it that the company maintains on its grounds in Fécamp a "Hall of Counterfeits" (Salon de Contrefaçons) displaying bottles of the failed attempts.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bénédictine
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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