Last week when I mentioned that Queen Elizabeth's favorite cocktail involved Dubonnet
I had an ulterior motive --
The Dubonnet that we get here in the USA is made under license in Kentucky by a Bourbon distillery called Heaven Hill, and it has a different alcohol content than the Dubonnet produced in France. That distillery also makes American versions of Canadian whisky, rums, tequila, cognac, and so on. Of course the original Dubonnet in France was taken over by Pernod in the '70s, just as Guinness has gobbled up its former competitors.
A lot of products we buy here in the USA have the same name and nearly the same label as European favorites but are re-jiggered for the American market for one reason or another -- we have discussed here in the forum how cheeses that meet USDA requirements including pasteurization might have the same name as their kin in Italy or Germany but they are not really the real McCoy (looking at you, Taleggio!)
Does this affect your hunting for that special item when you get back from a trip? Do you favor special grocers or suppliers near home that bring in the good stuff? Or does it not matter so much to you if the Grand Marnier was hecho en Mexico?