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 BIG bottle of Jagermeister, complete with recessed area to help those of us with smaller hands pour from the bottle. The chilled shot of choice for the discerning metal band and an excellent digestif for those without quite so much hair.
A hearty 1.5L magnum of Mentzendorff Kummel, the caraway flavour classic liqueur now recreated by France's Combier distillery. Beautifully packaged in a tall dark magnum with a lovely old-school label.
Ricard is almost unknown in the UK, yet it is the third-best selling spirit in the world. A pastis with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours, Ricard is delicious when diluted with very cold water. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1980s.
A 1970s 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.
Ricard is almost unknown in the UK, yet it is the third-best selling spirit in the world. A pastis with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours, Ricard is delicious when diluted with very cold water. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
An old bottle of Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit. Created as a tribute to the most important person in the development of Aquavit - Isidor Henius. The ingredients include dill and coriander and it is matured in American white oak to give a more complex spirit. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.