Introducing: Jagertee Liqueur (Christmas in a Bottle)

…So it’s like Jagermeister right? Wrong. Jagertee is a traditional winter spirit of central Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech Rep. etc) consisting of macerating overproof rum with seeds, spices, nuts, black tea, orange, red wine and often plum brandy (Slivovitz). Thanks to the creative monkeys at the Worship Street Whistling Shop in London, Jagertee Liqueur has […]

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Berentzen Bushel & Barrel – Apple Bourbon

In a world where any spirit expensive or exclusive enough can obtain viral status in a single day, I’d like to add my voice to a less complicated product which is nicely simple and simply nice. Introducing Berentzen Bushel & Barrel. On the surface, another entry into the popular flavoured bourbon market taking on big […]

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Becherovka, Politics, Women and Beethoven

During the late 18th century, the old Czech city of Karlovy Vary in western Bohemia (at this time part of the Austrian Empire) was regarded as a place of great healing due to its natural thermal spas.  A young 15-year-old entrepreneur named Josef Vitus Becher opened an apothecary called U tří skřivanů (“At the Three […]

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A monks love of Chartreuse

François Annibal d’Estrées, a 33 year old artillery marshal, was an emerging figure in the French army and devotee to King Henry IV. For reasons unknown, François is said to have presented the Carthusian order of monks in Vauvert (near Paris) with a manuscript in which contained the recipe for an, elixir of long life. […]

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Benedictine, of Miners and Monks

Don Bernado Vincelli, a young Venetian Monk, created a herbal eau-de-vie at the Fécamp Abbey of the Benedictine Monks in Normandy, France. As a skilled alchemist, the young monk became known for his herbal elixirs with word eventually spreading to France’s first renaissance monarch, King François I.  Such was his love for the spirit that […]

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Curaçao: Island of the orange liqueur

Famous for their bittersweet oranges and the liqueur carrying the island’s name, natives of Curaçao met their first Europeans under the command of Alonso de Ojeda and the Spanish flag in 1499. In accurate representation of the period, the invading Spanish wasted no times in rounding up the local natives – Arawak Amerindians – and […]

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