The ingredients selected to go into Henri Bardouin Pastis are sourced far and wide: star anise from China; liquorice from Turkey; grains of paradise from the Great Lakes region; Tonka beans from Guyana, cardamom from the Indian Ocean...and the list goes on.
A vast journey that begins (and ends!) in the wild countryside of Montagne de Lure, in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. It is there we hand pick following well honed traditional methods - inherited from local know-how dating back to herbalists in the Middle Ages - a variety of plants such as thyme, rosemary, sage and mugwort.
Once produced, all the ‘infused spirits’ made from maceration and distillation are married together in precise quantities and a specific order, secrets carefully guarded by Henri Bardouin Pastis. A crucial step that demands rigorous testing and repeated tastings.