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Francisco Tonarely

Co-Founder, President & CEO

Distillier LLC Grand Brulot

Miami, FL, USA

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Francisco Tonarely’s Biography

Francisco Tonarely is Co-Founder, President & CEO of Distillier LLC Grand Brulot, VSOP Cognac & Café Liqueur. Grand Brulot is handcrafted by the Tardy family on their estate located in the Cognac region of France. This process adheres to a rich French tradition, resulting in a unique and masterful infusion of premium VSOP Cognac with rich robusta coffee.

As the first ultra-premium French VSOP Cognac 80 proof coffee spirit, made in France, Grand Brulot revives an over two-hundred year old French tradition where rich coffee was blended with Cognac to create an exquisite tasting drink: The Brulôt. As a result of the company’s attention to detail and respect of French heritage, Grand Brulot has become a staple at some of the best restaurants in the US and globally, and has been featured in the New York Times, Haute Living, and Cigar Aficionado, as well as numerous websites devoted to the spirits and restaurants industries.

Francisco has over 30 years of executive management and entrepreneurial experience in the US, Europe, and Latin America. His extensive experience spans the consumer goods industry, with a focus on specialty foods and spirits. Notably, he served as a US Consultant for MEC3, a global leader in the production of ingredients for gelato and pastries. MEC3 operates in more than 150 countries around the world. Francisco has also held numerous high-level management positions with other industry-leading companies, including Stock Spirits Group USA, Seagram Spirits and Wine Group, Bacardi International and Brand Equity Partners Inc.

He has also served on the Board of Directors of Triple S Management, a health services and insurance company, with appointments to its Compensation Committee and the Nominations & Governance Committee. Francisco also served on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Francisco earned a BS in Business, Marketing and BBA in Marketing and Management from Fairfield University.

Francisco’s Newsfeed

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Grand Brulot Cognac Coffee Increases Distribution, Announces Strategic Partnership With Blue Ridge

"We're excited to expand our offering to our customers coast to coast," notes Francisco Tonarley, Founder and CEO of Grand Brulot. "Blue Ridge has deep insight in the spirits industry and an amazing roster of partner brands that we're honored to stand with. Today's news is the first of many great announcements, partnerships, and campaigns we have set for this year!"

7 Cognac Cocktail Recipes

Forbes featured Grand Brulot Cafe Liqueur in their Stories series. Described as a "perfectly smooth digestif", Grand Brulot was the key ingredient in a Coffee Spritz recipe.


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Francisco’s Background

Distillier LLC Grand Brulot
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Oct 2017 - Present
Miami, FL, USA
Grand Brulot is hand-crafted in the Cognac region of France. An 80 proof unique VSOP Cognac blended with Ecuadorean coffee beans, the blend is aged in French oak barrels to allow the flavor to meld.
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Brand Equity Partners Inc.
Miami, FL, USA
Brand Equity Partners is a business consulting company that works with leading brands in the spirits, food, and restaurant industries. Brand Equity has worked with many brands, including 7 Leguas Tequila and MEC3 Consumer Goods specialty foods/gelato, as well as many industries, such as the Prosecco wine industry in Italy, Gelato in Italy, Cuban sourced Rum, and specialty foods from Argentina.
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Previous Board Positions

Board Leadership Fellow
Arlington, VA, USA
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 20,000 directors in the U.S. to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards to strengthen investor trust & public confidence by ensuring that today's directors are well prepared for tomorrow's challenges.
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Triple-S Management Corporation
Board of Directors
San Juan, PR
While serving on the board of directors, Francisco was on the Compensation Committee and Nominations & Governance Committee. Triple-S Management delivers health insurance coverage to one in three Americans across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


Masters of Alchemy
Grand Brulot revives a 200 plus year old French tradition where rich Coffee was blended with Cognac to create an exquisite tasting drink: The Brulôt.

Francisco’s Education

Fairfield University
BS Business, Marketing | BBA, Marketing Management
1976 - 1980

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