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.
The luxurious end of Byrrh's aperitif range, based on Catalan wines (mainly Carignan and Grenache grapes) and aged for 10 years with added quinine. A rich and fruity aperitif with a balanced bitterness.
An elegant elderflower liqueur from the tremendous Chase Distillery. This one is really excellent. All Chase's liqueurs contain only fruit, sugar and vodka and as a result their flavours are absolutely authentic.
Cult German herb liqueur, blessed with a highly unusual love-it-or-hate-it flavour. Jagermeister's bittersweet flavours are best appreciated ice-cold in a frozen glass, but in recent years it's attracted a huge cult following as a result of the Jager Bomb cocktail (mixed with Red Bull or other energy drinks)..
Hugely popular sambuca from Luxardo made by macerating aniseed & elderberries in neutral spirit before maturation in oak vats. Serve 'alla mosca' - flamed with three floating coffee beans in the glass.
An old bottling of the world's bestselling brand of ouzo – Ouzo 12. This syrupy aniseed liqueur willl be familiar to anyone lucky enough to have holidayed in Greece. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1990s.
High-quality mint liqueur from French artisan producer. All the Briottet range have proper 'real' fruit (or, in this case, herb) flavour integrity - they taste like the fruit / herb itself, not some confected approximation. Highly recommended.
A traditional winter tea based liqueur/cordial from Austria's Stroh, better known for their rum. This is a blend of spirit, tea, sugar and fruit that's great when mixed 1 part to 4 parts of hot water for a warming punch.
A drink declared to be "The world's first gin liqueur" and created by Christopher and James Hayman, descendants of Beefeater's legendary founder, James Burrough. High strength and sweet, it works well served neat or on the rocks, as well as a base for long drinks and cocktails.
What a brilliant idea - a set of tiny 2cl bottles of five different flavours from Bitter Truth's range, including Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter, Celery, Creole, Orange and Aromatic bitters. Perfect for pepping up a dull drink in a bar or at a party.