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Emile Giffard was a dispensing pharmacist and neighbour of the "Grand Hotel" in Angers, in the Loire Valley. However, he was no mere chemist. Inventive, curious and gourmet, he undertook research on the digestive and refreshing properties of mint.

He thereby invented a pure, clear and refined white mint liqueur which he tested with the Grand Hotel's customers, in order to relieve them from heat. Success came at once. Emile changed his pharmacy into a distillery and called his liqueur menthe Pastille, referring to the mint sweets very famous at the time.

Four generations later, Giffard & Co, still in the hands of the Giffard family, produces, beside Menthe Pastille, "Cremes de fruits", liqueurs, Guignolet, Fruits in brandy and syrups. Quality has been their watchword all this time.

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