Shopping News: Good, French-made Dubonnet


Dubonnet Red

Those of you who have tasted the good, original Quinquina Dubonnet that is actually made in France can never go back to the stuff that has been under license in Kentucky for about 75 years. Drinks writers like David Embury and others decried the blatantly different taste and quality between the two. Why do you suppose American drinks containing Dubonnet suddenly stopped being made in anything like the previous numbers around 1940?

Well, if you are like me and are willing to pay the price of getting a trans-Atlantic every now and then (combining enough key products a large enough order to mitigate the shipping costs), there is good news! The Whisky Exchange in London, for a while out of stock, now has authentic, French-produced Dubonnet ready to ship!

WARNING: Don’t purchase the so-called Dubonnet Blanc on the Whisky Exchange website. The French producer has never made a “blanc.” What the Whisky Exchange is selling as the blanc is the American product. It was invented in the U.S.A. and is just as crappy, in my opinion, as their other product called ‘Dubonnet.’

One thought on “Shopping News: Good, French-made Dubonnet

  1. Glad to know that folks can get this superior product again. Andrew, you could also drive 3 hrs north to Canada, where it’s available as well. I’m in the northeast, and a friend from Toronto brings me a steady supply at about $8 U.S. per bottle. In neighboring Quebec, the excellent St. Raphaël is readily available for the same price, in both its Rouge and Dore (gold/amber) expressions, and are highly recommended for fans of quinquina.

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