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.
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.
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.
Made to an original Latvian recipe, Kummel Mentzendorff is a classic caraway-based liqueur now produced in France by the Loire's famous Combier distillery. Serve chilled to within an inch of its life after a hearty meal.