About Bigallet

The Felix Bigallet distillery has been crafting unique, Alpine, herbal spirits, liqueurs and syrups since 1872. The original distillery was started by Félix Bigallet in the city of Lyon, in 1885, the company decided to move to Virieu-sur-Bourbe in the Alpine foothills of Isére - Bigallet's family home.

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Row of Bigallet shot glasses


Felix Bigallet, with over 140 years of experience, has perfected the art of distilling citrus and dried herbs. The collection of Felix Bigallet spirits highlights unique, antique formulas alongside contemporary additions.

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Bigallet's History

Bigallet historic image of horse and buggy in Isere, France

History :
Isere, France

The mountainous region of Isere, located in the southeast of France, in the heart of the Rhone Alps, is known for its stunning beauty of majestic mountains and green valleys. Isere has many visitors that come to enjoy its outdoor splendor, with winter sports at its ski resorts and summer adventures at pristine mountain lakes and rivers. Bigallet is located in a tiny village called Virieu, near the center of Isere, just outside the reaches of the Chartreuse National Forest.

Felix Bigallet, founder of Bigallet
Bigallet historic products
Bigallet historic advertising poster
Bigallet historic advertising poster

History :
The Felix Bigallet Family

The 1885 move of the distillery to Virieu was to return to the Bigallet family's home, but also to situate conveniently along the Lyon-Grenoble train line. The railway made the importation of all the required raw materials easier for Bigallet; wine from the south of France, sugar loaves from the Antilles, rum from the West Indies, lemons from Sicily and oranges from Spain or northern Africa.

Today, the village of Virieu is still small and charming. Members of the Bigallet family still operate the distillery that produces fine fruit syrups and unique, Alpine spirits for the surrounding region.

Bigallet modern distillery in Virieu
Bigallet production process with citrus rinds

Drink Inspiration

Careful pouring of Bigallet Liqueur

Drink Inspiration

Bigallet Liqueurs are distinctly Alpine, offering bitter and herbal flavors that add layers of complexity to cocktails. Bigallet liqueurs are best used as modifiers, or ingredients that complement and add depth of flavor to the base spirit. Try using a half ounce of Bigallet China-China in any recipe in place of bitters in a standard Old Fashioned or Negroni.

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