We only use one kind of orange to create the orange essence: an exotic, wild variety called Citrus bigaradia.
Mainly handpicked at the Marnier-Lapostolle plantation in the Caribbean, the oranges are cut into quarters while still green and therefore at their aromatic peak.
The pulp is removed and the peels are left to dry in the tropical sun.
Upon arrival at the family distillery in Neauphle-le-Château - established in 1827 - the dried orange peels are macerated in neutral alcohol.
This flavoured alcohol is then carefully distilled to produce an aromatic concentrate: essence of Citrus bigaradia.