We really enjoyed visiting this beautiful palace and learning more about the interesting history of the Bénédictine, its preparation process and its discoverer.More
We really enjoyed visiting this beautiful palace and learning more about the interesting history of the Bénédictine, its preparation process and its discoverer.MoreShow less
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We visited here while our Vantage river cruise ship was docked in Le Havre, France. This is a stunning palace located in Fecamp, France and houses the distillery of the famous Benedictine liqueur. The liqueur is made from an infusion of 27 herbs and spices (only 21 are apparently publicly known). We took a tour of the distillery with its hammered copper stills, visited the cellars full of oak casks, and had a chance to taste the liqueur. We could choose from three types of the Benedictine liqueur: Original Benedictine, B&B (Benedictine and Brandy), or Benedictine Single Cask. The original and B&B are 40% alcohol (80 proof) and the Single Cask, which comes in a unique black bottle is only available for sale at the Benedictine’s Palace store. We were only given a very small amount to taste of this bold liqueur due to its alcohol content. The tasting room actually had a breathalyzer machine hanging on the wall.
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This is a huge palace which doesn't really look like a distillery but it is. I must confess I didn't know that Benedictine was made in Fécamp - but this is a must visit - as well as being a spectacular building, there is a shop., tasting bar and small restaurant.
The building also houses an art collection.
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The Palais doesn't loook like a distillery for sure, but it remains the unique place of production of the Bénédictine liquor :)
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Benedictine company has grown in the middle of the city of Fécamp. Owner was an art lover so he built this incredible place hosting a museum, a cellar and a distillery.
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We visited as part of a cruise ship tour. This Gothic revival palais, built by wealthy industrialist Alexandre Legrand is part museum, part distillery.
Our tour started with a visit to the museum, with several ornately decorated rooms containing an eclectic mix of religious artefacts, including ivory carvings and manuscripts. The labels were in French and English. There is also a small art gallery.
After that we descended into the Cave/cellar (several steps, but no lift). There was a short film (about 4 minutes) about the Benedictine distillery, and then we walked past a display of some of the 27 herbs & spices that are used to make the drink, sniffing the samples as we passed them.
Our guide then explained the process of distilling Benedictine, before taking us to the sampling area, for our free (small) sample or traditional Benedictine or B & B (Benedictine & Brandy).
There are toilets there (2 x unisex, so expect to queue for a while). Then you walk through the shop to get to the exit.
The place worth to be visited, however a little bit pricy. Nevertheless, you should not expect to be a religious place, because it is a liquor factory.
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