Top Creme de Cassis for your Kir

Trenel, Creme de Cassis de Bourgogne 2011, 15%. 

Well, well, well. I've tasted a few of these over the years, but this is surely one of the best. In fairness, most of the others would have been tasted as part of a Kir, where it is mixed with white wine and the blend then drunk as an aperitif.

Cassis, as most of you know, is blackcurrant and the liquor is most definitely from that fruit, looks like it, smells like it and tastes a bit like it. Sugar and alcohol have been added to the fruit and the mix here is brilliant, the alcohol giving the fruit a real fillip. 

Trenel boasts that he is the "liquoriste de Bourgogne". This bottle proves beyond doubt that he sure knows what he is doing. Not surprising really as he has been doing it since 1928!

While I did like sipping a little of it on its own, it is probably best mixed. Here are the classic ways.
Kir: Creme de Cassis (1 part) and white wine (9 parts).
Kir Royale: Creme de Cassis and champagne.