Vanilla might be one of the most difficult flavors to capture. An essential flavor not only in baking, but in many great cocktails, vanilla-flavored products are often too sweet or too "fake" tasting. Navan liqueur developed a dedicated following during its tenure, and its absence has been keenly felt.
Being the enthusiastic importers of Armagnac that we are, a few years ago we decided to address this desire for a naturally-flavored, sweet but not cloyingly so, vanilla brandy liqueur. Together with one of our producers, Artez, we created Artez Arvani to fill that need.
Artez Arvani is made from 100% Madagascar vanilla beans, which are macerated in blanche (white) Armagnac. The color of Artez Arvani comes entirely from this maceration. Sugar is then added to create a liqueur perfect for mixing into cocktails, or even to be served on its own.
Artez Arvani is a true artisanal liqueur. It is produced on a 30 acre estate in the Bas Armagnac region of France, in an area known as the First Cru.
The house also crafts rare single varietal Armagnacs, which utilize only one grape: Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, or Baco; the renowned La Muse Verte Absinthe and Pastis, made according to traditional family recipes; and a lovely pear eau de vie.