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!
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.
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.
"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!
... both creative and framed
HARNESSING ALL OF THE DISTILLERY'S EXPERTISE
Forging a tonic and creating brand-new sensorial experiences through exploring other facets and knowledge of a distillery, all in the name of taste.
PRESERVING THE DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF ARCHIBALD
It’s more than just a distilled tonic…there are two other aspects which characterise Archibald: the fact that Archibald can be consumed on its own or as a mixer, and its ecoresponsible commitment, called “Positive Spirit(1) ”, part of Archibald’s goal to be a virtuous and tomorrow circular brand.
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.
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;)
The result ?
An original and perfectly balanced aromatic profile which subtly combines smoky and tangy notes: mixed or enjoy on its own, this Limited Edition tonic surprises and seduces.