Navan (nah-váhn) is no longer being produced. Made with 100% natural vanilla from Madagascar, it was produced by the House of Grand Marnier. One of the world’s most complex spices, natural vanilla contains more than 250 flavor components, and is the second most expensive spice after saffron. Navan's name comes from Navana, a small village on the north-eastern coast of Madagascar, one of the island's most renowned vanilla-producing regions. Navan is the association of natural vanilla from Madagascar with fine French cognacs. Navan continues the House of Grand Marnier's passion for combining cognac with pure, natural flavours. It is a 40% alc/vol liqueur, an ideal balance between the complexity of cognac and the smoothness of natural vanilla.
Navan features natural vanilla from Madagascar. One of the world’s most complex spices, natural vanilla contains a full aroma spectrum and is the second most expensive spice after Saffron. The natural vanilla was flown to France where it was married with fine French cognac that had been aged for up to 10 years. Once blended, Navan aged an additional 6 months so the flavors could mature together.
The history of the Grand Marnier brand began with the founding, by Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle, of a distillery in Neauphlele-Château near Paris, which quickly acquired a solid reputation for the quality of its eaux-de-vie. When Louis-Alexandre Marnier created his first luxury liqueur in 1880, orange was widely popular, yet also expensive and difficult to find . It took him years to cultivate the perfect oranges for Grand Marnier in his exquisite garden. This same garden that yielded oranges in St Jean Cap-Ferrat would later inspire a quest for the perfect vanilla – his great grand daughter, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, current President of Marnier- Lapostolle North America and creator of Casa Lapostolle Wines, chose the natural vanilla flavor to create Navan, a new liqueur founded on Grand Marnier's success. To uncover a widely popular yet rare, refined flavor, as a tribute to her great grandfather. Navan launched in 2004 in the USA. In 2008 NAVAN introduced a revised, less sweet formula, largely based on feedback given by bartenders and chefs.
By 2010, the Lapostolle family decided to cease making Navan. After repackaging and tweaking the formula, Navan did not sell the way the family had hoped.