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When in Italy, buy shoes. When in Mexico, buy tequila. When in Dijon, go straight to The Maille Mustard Shop for Dijon’s famous mustard.
Shelves teem with jars, serving vessels, vinegars, pickles and mustards in a dizzying array of flavours. Fans can purchase aprons, oven mitts and specialty spoons bearing the famous logo, but best of all is the sampling of Maille’s pungent mustard.
Only in Boutique Maille, in downtown Paris and Dijon can you purchase fresh, preservative-free mustard, on tap. A bar for mustard lovers; the courteous multilingual staff supply taste tests of their famous honey, white wine and a new limited edition truffle mustard with tiny pestles to dip, snack and savour.
Never more than ten days old, this is a mustard to remember, hand packed in your choice of vessel, corked and wrapped, Maille’s fresh mustard has a shelf life of 2 – 3 months. With 265 years of tradition behind every jar, you know it’s worth every Euro.
How can one resist the intoxicating combination of Maille’s Chablis Mustard with Black Truffles? Its rich, deep yellow is flecked with shards of French truffle that fills the room with the delicate, earthy aroma. Sold in a limited edition black stoneware pot, it made a rare, sophisticated gift for the chef in my life.
Made from a tiny seed, so richly gifted, Dijon mustard is a staple in our house but this is a mustard to top all other mustard. We’ve designed entire meals around it featuring lamb and beef, soon to venture into the world of fowl before it’s gone.
Joy of joys, since our return, we discovered we can order this elixir on line for a limited time (200 ml jar – 27,90€ plus shipping, handling and duty). Check out the Maille Store and practice your French.
For a more intimate tour of the store, here’s a marvelous little video that is an ‘almost there’ experience. When in Dijon…
Maille Mustard Shop, 32 Rue de la Liberté, 21000 Dijon, France.