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“Triple good”
Review of Distillery Combier

Distillery Combier
Ranked #1 of 15 Tours in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Combier distillery was founded in 1834 in the Loire Valley. Since the creation of the Original Triple sec, a delicious orange liqueur made with bitter and soft orange peels, the distillery has never stopped producing distinguished liqueurs and other spirits in the same original copper stills. We offer you today a full handcrafted range of liqueurs, aperitifs, premium absinthes, syrups and organic syrups. For an english guided tour, please contact us!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This is an interesting tour of a small producer of triple sec etc. in Saumur France. After the tour there is a tasting in the small store where you may buy several of their products. They are delicious!! web address for USA is www.combierusa.com

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We visited the Distillery Combier as part of a tour; at that hour of the morning, we were the only visitors. The distillery has an interesting history (Jean-Baptiste Combier was the inventor of triple sec some years before rival Cointreau developed their recipe) and is notable for its iron footbridge in the distilling room that was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

We saw pallets of absinthe being bottled and packaged for export around the globe; however, I was more tempted by the orange liqueurs, crèmes de fruits (I purchased a bottle of crème de cassis and the excellent crème de mûre) and Guignolet d'Anjou (a wild cherry liqueur). There are close to 50 varieties of crèmes de fruits and another 50 liqueurs in the shop, not to mention a half-dozen types of absinthe as well as another 50 non-alcoholic fruit syrups and a few food products made with Combier liqueurs. Some of the products are available in miniatures, and there are small pamphlets that have suggested cocktail preparations. Our tour guide (who gave the tour in English) was also our cashier, and she was extremely patient and more than happy to answer questions (and pour samples of anything for sale if it wasn't already out).

All of this output is even more impressive when you see the small scale of the original factory that they distill in (including ten 19th-century alembics) and the relatively small staff. All in all, this was a very pleasant (if alcoholic) way to spend a morning in Saumur!

1  Thank Bundtlust
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

I was a bit shocked upon entering the distillery itself, which is surprisingly small and even more surprisingly dirty. I have been to one other distillery in the states and several breweries. They have all be spotless. Because of the sugary residue, we were accompanied by discomforting number of bees during the tour. The site did not inspire me to want to purchase their product, although I have to admit, it did not deter me from participating in the tasting.

Our tour guide was very pleasant and informative. We were the only English speakers in the tour, and they kindly warned us the tour would be conducted in French, but that the guide would translate for us as she went along. But the descriptions in French were noticeably longer than those given to us in English. We expected this, as you can't say everything twice. but if you are an English only speaker, it is good know.

We had originally planned to do the Cointreau tour, as we are consumers of that product. Unfortunately for us, the Cointreau tour (in nearby Angers) would not be open the day were to be there. Combier was a back up choice for us.

1  Thank PebbleBCritic
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Enjoyed the visit to Combier Distillery very much there is lots of history here and the range of liquors and flavours produced are wonderful.Location very central too.

3  Thank jpseddie
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile
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