Historically, the credit for the development of liqueurs goes to the monks of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, who created various tonics and beverages to promote health by experimenting with combinations of roots and herbs mixed with a spirit base. Many of those products, including Chartreuse & Benedictine, have survived to this day. Read More »
A bottle of Boedeaux-based A Droz's Kirsch Fantaisie. Kirsch fantaisie indicates the cherries have been steeped in alcohol and is considered by the Germans to be superior to Kirsch-geist, where the cherries are simply dipped in alcohol. We estimate this was bottled in the 1950s.
An old litre bottling of Iperchina, A Gentile of Padova's brand of Elixir di China. Named after the Chinaroot (China Calisaya), which contains quinine, we estimate this bottle was produced in the 1960s, complete with threaded-style neck.
An old litre bottle of Marie Brizzard Anisette liqueur. Presented in a dump bottle, as opposed to sleeker 'hourglass' shaped bottles that are currently used. We estimate that this was bottled sometime in the 1960s.
A litre bottle of Quinquina from Distillerie Pages Le Puy en Velay in France, which we estimate was bottled in the 1970s. Quinquina is an aperitif wine which traditionally contains cinchona bark, a natural source of quinine.
A 1960s bottling of Marie Brizzard Anisette Liqueur. The company was founded in 1755 and their anisette is still made to an unchanged secret recipe today. Eleven plants and spices are used to combine with green anise from the Mediterranean.
An old Double Kummel liqueur which was produced by Martini & Rossi. This appears to have been made during the 1950s and has some crystallisation on the base of the bottle. Hence the name "Kummel Cristallizzato".
A bottle of l'anisette liqueur from Raissac, which we believe was bottled in the 1940s. L'anisette was introduced in response to the ban on absinthe in 1915 and is the precursor to many of the anise flavoured spirits we know today.
The Danish entry in the Paterson's book range - a series of decanters containing spirits that defined a country. In this case a cherry liqueur, not something that Denmark is particularly known for today.
A 1950s bottling of Italy's famous Liquore Strega. First released in the 1860s, the ingredients for the uniquely tasting Strega are entirely natural. A total of 70 herbs and spices are in the recipe, including Florentine Iris and Italian Apennine Juniper. The blended liqueur is then aged in ash barrels for the flavours to marry.
A litre of 1950s Goccia d'Oro, a citrus-based liqueur translating literally as 'Drop of Gold' from Italian producers Branca, who are considerably more famous for their Fernet and Menta bitter tonics. Evidently they have (or had) some other strings to their bow.