A brilliantly diverse category, encompassing the monastic liqueurs like Chartreuse alongside Italian classics such as Amaretto and Sambuca, cult drinks like Jagermeister and old stagers like Kummel. Many herb liqueurs contain dozens of different ingredients, the exact constitution and combination of which is invariably a jealously-guarded secret.
A 1960s bottling of Cinzano's Amaro Savoia bitter liqueur. It's got a Swiss flag on the label so we suspect this is after the tradition of the herbal liqueurs of the Alps, with a bit of Cinzano's Italian know-how in the mix.
A rather interesting 'bottle' from French liqueur producer Benedictine. This is actually two bottles molded together in the shape of a single bottle (with two necks). We estimate that this bottled sometime in the 1950s.
A 1970s bottling of Green Chartreuse. Made using 130 plants, the recip is a closely guarded secret known by only two monks who belong to a silent order, so there's no chance of them letting it slip. In the 1970s, the liqueur's production was in operation both at Voiron in France and Tarragona in Spain.
A beautiful 1930s litre bottle of pastis from Berger, formerly famed in the pre-ban days as an absinthe producer. This may not contain wormwood, but it will be a slice of history for the collector or drinker.
A litre bottle of the now defunct Jourde's Cordial-Medoc liqueur. Brandy-based, this is flavoured with fruits and herbs to include a spicy complexity. This bottle was bottled in the 1930s at 32.2%, lower than the recent bottlings at 35%.
A bottle of Chartreuse Yellow Liqueur, made at the Tarragona distillery in Spain, we estimate, during the 1970s. The liqueur is made by a silent order of monks, only a handful of whom know the exact recipe.
A sought after bottling of Yellow Chartreuse liqueur, made at their Tarragona factory and released sometime between 1966 and 1973. The story has it that this was produced in 1960 and then rested in casks until at least 1966 before bottling, but as with many stories around Chartreuse of this era it's far from certain.
An old bottle of Green Chartreuse. Made to a secret recipe of 130 herbs and plants known to only a few monks at any time. We estimate this was bottled in the 1980s, the decade in which the distillery in Tarragona closed and all production moved to Voiron in France.