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THE FRENCH DISTILLED TONIC

First of all ... Why Archibald?

  • It all starts with an idea ... or rather with a need for the creation of an organic and French tonic water to lengthen the Folle Envie aperitif. OK, but how do you make a tonic when you're a distiller? Simply,  as we make a spirit. After all, nothing better than distillation to extract the quintessential aromas.

 

  • But why this name? Archibald means "natural & audacious", 2 key words that have a permanent resonance in this project!

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1. THE DISTILLERY: CRAFTSMANSHIP AND MEN

Distilling is an art, an ancestral know-how rooted in French heritage.

 

And when we talk about distillery know-how, a wide range of relevant expertise is deployed. Because yes, in a distillery, we don't just distill: we are looking for precise ingredients, we infuse, we macerate, we select barrels, we age, we blend ...

Master Distiller for 6 generations

In the Archibald adventure, there are 3 old friends, including a distiller who has taken over the family distillery, succeeding the 5 previous generations. Thus Archibald is made by spirits experts in an old distillery from 1830 near Cognac.

Passionate men with a know-how of craft spirits

Above all, behind Archibald, they are men. Committed men, men who are obsessed with taste and a job well done, and men who are proud. Because it is also a great pride that hovers in our old distillery: the pride of mixing our knowledge of spirits to use with tonic.

1. La Distillerie : un savoir-faire artisanal et des hommes

2. THE SINGULAR CRAFTING OF ARCHIBALD

An organic and French tonic ... therefore without quinine

It's common sense: a French tonic is made from plants that grow in France.

 

So we had to reinvent the tonic recipe, which normally contains quinine for bitterness because quinine is an extract of quiquina that grows in South America or India ... but not in France.

 

The French plant chosen to play this crucial role is then the gentian which grows in the meadows of Auvergne, to which we will associate juniper berries (often associated with gin).

Fine distillates of

gentian root and juniper berry

Ah yes, but how can we properly incorporate gentian and juniper berries into a tonic? It becomes so obvious once you enter distillery and can see that a technique exists that allows you to select the best aromatic notes and to concentrate them…distillation! Here there are two distillations: one which soaks the juniper berries and another for the gentian roots.

The real value of the master distiller’s knowledge is that these incredibly concentrated extracts will be added in such small quantities that in the end, Archibald will remain a non-alcoholic beverage.
 

A meticulous blend and very fine bubbles

And what about the water? You don’t have to go far: the water that we add in the distillery is perfect to mix with the gentian and juniper berry extracts.
Finally, with tonic, you need bubbles! The blend produced rests in the gasifier with yet again, a traditional method creating extremely fine and elegant bubbles.

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3. les éditions spéciales

"Reinventing Archibald for a limited batch

to assert its identity as a distilled tonic water "

3. LIMITED BATCHES:

ANOTHER VISION OF THE DISTILLED TONIC

Limited editions ...

... which make sense for Archibald

 

A DNA THAT OFFERS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE

A new and eco-responsible expression of distillery know-how : this is the

essence of Archibald, the distilled tonic. An extraordinary potential waiting to be explored, opening up a huge realm of possibilities!

 

THE MASTER DISTILLER'S CALL FOR CREATIVITY

Single Malt, Rum, Whisky, Cognac, ... whatever the category, a Master-Distiller applies his discipline andexpertise into creating a timeless product. But like every passionate artist, he also loves to express his know-how and creativity through producing rare limited batches.

 

Finally... "Because reinventing Archibald for a limited batch is asserting its identity as a distilled tonic". That is the purpose of Archibald's Limited Batches!

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C’est avec audace que notre Maitre Distillateur revisite Archibald en explorant toutes les facettes de son savoir-faire.

ARCHIBALD'S FIRST LIMITED EDITION:

A TONIC MADE FROM GENTIAN AND BERGAMOT DISTILLATES, AGED IN OAK BARREL!

Naturally, the Archibald Master Distiller marks this first limited edition with the daring challenge of ageing tonic in a barrel! It is a distilled tonic which plays by the rules.

 

On one hand, based on the original Archibald recipe - such as blending with local spring water, no addition of quinine, using a craft method of carbonisation to ensure fine bubbles - on the other hand, it adds certain elements which differenciate it from the Original...

Gentian Root and Bergamot

Exit the juniper berry which is replaced here by a citrus fruit: the bergamot. Regarding the gentian root, it is preserved, but only with a fresh quality.

 

Taking into account our requirements in terms of aromatic profile, quality, organic certification, good practices and the closest possible origin: after several trials, we selected an Italian producer for bergamot and our usual gatherers in Auvergne for the wild gentian root.

Precise distillation in pot still

First gentian root and bergamot rinds are macerated. Part of these two macerates will be blended as they are, the other part will be distilled separately to extract the aromatic quintessence of each ingredient, using our traditional Charentais copper still, now exclusively dedicated today to Archibald.

 

The combination of macerates and distillates will strengthen the aromatic complexity.

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An audacious barrel-ageing process, never  before attempted

The aim is to have a subtly woody, even smoky taste.

 

Our Master Distiller knows these empyreumatic notes well and masters them to perfection: putting in barrels, patiently ageing in the cellars, regularly following the organoleptic evolution of the product and thus determining the ideal moment for extraction.

 

For our distilled tonic, he chose a new 114 litre barrel made from... American oak. But made locally by the master coopers of course;)

When US oak is heated,

it produces particularly gourmet notes which we wanted in our tonics (smoky, whisky and caramel aromas).

When heating the barrel, the interior becomes cracked, resembling the skin of a crocodile, hence the term ‘crocodile bousinage’.

Why American oak?

Why American oak?
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ÉDITION SPÉCIALE N°2 : UN TONIC AUX RACINES DE GENTIANE ET DE GINGEMBRE FRAIS DE FRANCE MÉTROPOLITAINE !

Avec cette édition spéciale n°2, notre maître distillateur explore avec audace une autre facette de son savoir-faire, et crée une alternative à la ginger beer moins sucrée, avec un tonic aux racines de gentiane & au gingembre frais de France métropolitaine. 

Racine de gentiane & gingembre frais de France métropolitaine 

Cette édition spéciale n°2 est, elle, à base de gingembre frais et de racines de gentiane. Toujours dans l’optique de respecter la planète et les hommes, nous sommes allés chercher ces deux plantes en France métropolitaine pour limiter le nombre de kilomètres parcourus. 

 

Nous avons choisi des racines fraîches de gingembre provenant de France métropolitaine bio cultivées sous serre (non chauffée) dans une ferme du Parc Naturel de la Brenne, le pays aux 1000 étangs dans le Berry en France. Nos racines de gentiane bio et sauvages, sont, quant à elle, toujours cueillies à la main par nos cueilleurs en Auvergne, comme pour nos autres tonics Archibald. 

Une édition spéciale qui s'élabore en

30 jours

Pendant 10 jours, les racines de gingembre frais sont infusées dans des dames jeannes pour obtenir un macérât aux arômes uniques. En parallèle, un distillat de gentiane est réalisé : 3 semaine de travail sont nécessaires pour réaliser un distillat d’une qualité parfaite.  

Le tout est ensuite soigneusement assemblé avant d’être mélangé avec l’eau de source et le sucre de canne.

Une alternative à la Ginger beer

Nous avons voulu faire une ginger beer à notre façon et offrir une alternative moins sucrée et plus raffinée.

Il en résulte un tonic d’une finesse et d’une complexité incroyable, aux notes épicées de gingembre sublimées par la fraîcheur de la gentiane. 

la première édition limitée
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