Isake International has launched a new yuzu liqueur made in France called Enamor.
It's produced in Cognac with a small house called Jules Bremant, and uses yuzu fruit grown near Toulouse in the south-west of France. Whole fruits are macerated in brandy for 11 months, then aged for a month in 20-year cognac barrels.
It's recommended used on the rocks, or mixed with, in drinks as simple as a Margarita or Caipirinha twist.
It was created by Isake co-founder and sommelier Xavier Chapelou, together with Seema Lohia, an Indian philanthropist who also happens to be steel giant Lakshmi Mittal's younger sister. Chapelou told Imbibe that Lohia had contacted him after coming across Isake Classic, the company's own saké made by Chapelou and his wife. She enjoyed drinking it and asked if Chapelou would be able to create a product for them.
Chapelou said that the aim with this product is to marry the cultures of France, Japan and India – with the bottle design taking inspiration from Japanese sophistication and simplicity.
Enamor joins a large selection of sakés within Isake's portfolio, including the company's own saké and existing liqueur, Prucia, made from French plums.
Isake International is also currently working on a new saké, a variation to its Isake Classic aged in cognac barrels, Chapelou said.
£36, Isake International, 020 8372 050