Navan is something to put on those pancakes for your new houseguest the morning after
UPDATE : Production ceased in 2010 as sales figures were disappointing . Loved by a certain few in NYC and used in a couple of specialty cocktails .Navan Liqueur is available by private auction sometime, a place called send gifts ( at almost $400 dollars a bottle ) or make your own equivalent by following this recipe here .
Notes: Navan is made from the blending of cognac and vanilla beans from Madagascar.
Appearance: Clear bright orange/yellow, on swirling, it leaves a thick clear coat on the inside of the glass and shows some legs. However, it is well blended in that the essential oils do not separate from the alcohol base- a difficult trick to accomplish.
First Impression:Thick, oily almost syrup like entry. Intense heavy bouquet of cognac wrapping around the vanilla.
Taste: Coats the tongue with the flavor of vanilla, sugar, glycerin (?). The body is almost syrup (maple or cough)-like as it slides down the throat, some burn at the back of the throat with a cloying aftertaste.
Drinks: Not a lot has been developed for it. Lacks some of the complexity of Grand Marnier.
Final Thoughts: Expensive for what it is. Limited drinks recipes don’t help either. Might be useful as a dessert flavoring – or alternatively . Probably be safe for celiacs or others looking for a wheat free product. While we generally like Grand Marnier products we can’t get excited about this one. Also we reviewed the first version of Navan. Apparently they reduced the sugar based on bartender feedback on the second version (which we never got to try before it went extinct)
Bottle: Clear glass bell shaped with rounded shoulders with a octoganal sided neck terminating in a silver colored neck foil and screw cap.Combination of applied labels and silkscreening.
Web site:: http://www.navanworld.com
Still under construction! Check out the Wikipedia entry here