Whiskynet Insight: Maison Ferrand - Blending Centuries-Old Heritage with Modern Mastery

  • 9 Jan 2024 12:09 PM
Whiskynet Insight: Maison Ferrand - Blending Centuries-Old Heritage with Modern Mastery
Maison Ferrand stands as one of the world's premier boutique producers of fine spirits, pioneering the historical spirits movement.

Founded in 1989 by Alexandre Gabriel, the company is committed to preserving age-old craft production methods that capture the true spirit essence. It maintains a dedication to revisiting the classics while forging new paths in innovation.

A Legacy of Excellence: Four Centuries of Ferrand Cognac Mastery

The story of Ferrand Cognac, a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac, begins with roots in a region rich in history, stretching back over four centuries. This remarkable Cognac, perfected over ten generations, is rich and full-bodied, never failing to impress, and stands as a testament to an extraordinary legacy of Cognac-making excellence.

Revolutionizing Gin

In 1996, Alexandre Gabriel introduced Citadelle Gin, the Gin de France, leading the charge in the French gin movement. Stringent regulations set by Cognac's Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) once required Alexandre to cease using his cognac stills for seven months annually.

However, after five years of negotiations, he gained AOC authorization to distill gin during this dormant period, breathing new life into traditional copper pot stills. Citadelle Gin, ideal for a crisp G&T or classic gin cocktail, is a testament to Alexandre's never-ending experimentation, as seen in his latest creation infused with rhubarb and raspberries.

The Art of Double Ageing: Unveiling Alexandre's Plantation Rum Journey

In 1999, Alexandre introduced Plantation Rum, reflecting his passion for traditional rum-making techniques. This included a signature double ageing process, lending these spirits a distinct character. Initially aged in Bourbon casks in the tropics, Plantation Rum is then transported to Château de Bonbonnet in France. Here, a second maturation in Ferrand French oak casks imbues the rum with delicate tannic notes.


A simple yet classic rum-based cocktail.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

Preparation: Fill a shaker with ice. Add the ingredients, shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Dark n Stormy A refreshing organic cocktail featuring Koskenkorva Vodka Organic.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

Preparation: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the ginger beer, add the rum on top, and garnish with lime wedges.

Blending Tradition and Innovation Across Continents

In March 2017, Maison Ferrand expanded its horizons by acquiring the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados and a significant share in the renowned Clarendon, Long Pond, and Inswood distilleries. This expansion enabled Alexandre Gabriel to realize his vision of crafting exceptional rums, blending modern techniques with time-honored methods.

Since 1989, Alexandre and his enthusiastic team have been dedicated to crafting superb spirits that embody a fusion of passion, terroir, and the passage of time. With over 12 different terroirs and countless blending and cask ageing variations, Plantation offers a boundless journey for spirit enthusiasts. Whether it's a bar classic cocktail, a premium blend for sipping, a single vintage, or a single cask rum, Plantation has something for every palate.

Each rum is distinctive and unique, inviting us to explore a world of flavors. Your new favorite awaits discovery – let's embark on this journey together.

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