Emile Giffard is at that time a dispensing pharmacist in Angers (Val de Loire). 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 that time. Five generations later Giffard is still in the hands of the same family and keeps quality as a motto from the origin.