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 »
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.
A 1980s bottling of Grand Marnier Cuvee de Centenaire. Introduced in 1927 to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary, the majority of the cognac used for this expression is from the sought-after Fine Champagne region.