Everyone knows this squatty bottle with the D.O.M. label and the big seal of (what used to be) scarlet wax. The D.O.M. title, “Deo Optimo Maximo” is latin and translates as “To God most good, most great.”The original recipe of this famous elixir, created by a monk, Don Bernado Vincelli in 1510, was said to have revived fatigued brothers and even warned off epidemics. Still made by French Benedictine monks at Fecamp, Dom Benedictine has as its basis the blending of 27 different plants and spices from five continents. These include a blend of herbs, spices and an infusion of saffron, honey, thyme, tea and caramel. The quality of ingredients and the maturation of Benedictine in oak casks for three months combine to produce a truly unique spirit. Essentially, what we know as B&B today was invented in the 1930’s by a bartender in the famous Club Twenty One in New York who thought to mix this interesting Benedictine Liqueur with Brandy. Thus, B&B as we know it was invented.
B&B is arguably one of the world’s first pre-mixed cocktails combining the herbal French liqueur Bénédictine with brandy for an easier-drinking version of the original. Look for notes of floral, nutmeg, anise and menthol on a medium-bodied and medium sweet palate with a long and herbal driven finish.