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 »
Packaged in a bottle shaped like a traditonal Incan goddess, Damiana is a liqueur made with the eponymous herb from Baha California in Mexico, and is (possibly spuriously) claimed by its makers to have been an ingredient in the first ever Margarita, before being usurped by triple sec. If anyone can cast any light on these claims, answers in the comments section below, please.
A 50cl bottle of apple eau de vie from traditional Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff. The distillery's location is actually a former fire station in the picturesque Betuwse region, the fruit coming from the orchards that surround the building.
Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur is made in Sicily and is produced by Leslie Gracie, the creator of Hendrick's Gin. Made by marrying the fresh essential oil of blood oranges with Italian lemon and neutral spirit before being lightly sweetened with natural sugar.
A litre bottle of Suze Saveur D'Autrefois, a spicy fruity liqueur made in the Thuir region of southern France since 1889. Made using wild yellow gentian from Auvergne, this is a secret ingredient of many an American bartender.
Legendre Herbsaint is an anise flavoured spirit. Created by two gentlemen from New Orleans, who learnt about absinthe making in France in the First World War (of which herbsaint is almost an anagram). This was intended to be an absinthe substitute after it was banned.
Baileys have teamed up with fashion designers to the stars Felder Felder to create this ultra-stylish special edition of their famous cream liqueur. Baileys Felder Felder Original comes with a mega-limited studded leather cuff from the trendy duo, but sadly only a couple of dozen of these are available in the UK.
Crème Yvette is a combination of four berries - blackberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and wild strawberry, all blended with dried violet petals from Provence. Produced near Bordeaux, this is an essential ingredient in many vintage cocktails.
A gift pack containing a bottle of Zwack Unicum and a pair of glasses. One of Hungary's national drinks, Unicum is a dark and bitter liqueur full of herbs and spices, perfect to sip chilled after a long dinner or as an aperitif to awake the appetite.
A very special limited edition Chartreuse produced in partnership with a French guild of Master Sommeliers, the MOFS ('Meuilleurs Ouvriers de France-Sommeliers'). The MOFS were flying blind as they weren't allowed to see the original recipe, and this is said to be less sweet and much more complex than standard yellow Chartreuse.
A special edition Chartreuse, originally created in 1984 to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of the Grande Charteuse abbey where the liqueur was originally made. This liqueur is similar to green chartreuse but is sweeter and at a lower strength.
In 1605 François Hannibal d'Estrées, presented the recipe for an 'Elixir of Life' to the Carthusian monks. Using over 130 different herbs & spices, the recipe was so complex that it took the monks well over a century to figure it out - production was not begun at the monastery until 1737. This special edition Chartreuse was created in 2005, 400 years later, and is a recreation of the original recipe bottled at the slightly lower strength of 56%.