March 12, 2006

Killepitsch Herbal Liqueur Review

German Herbal Liqueur
84 Proof (42% ABV)
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Killepitsch LiqueurWe've said more than once on this site that Jagermeister is the liqueur of choice around the office. We love the dark color, badass reputaiton and grimace-inducing flavor, plus the fact that it gives us a completely different kind of buzz than any other booze is a selling point as well. We've never reviewed Jager on this site, mostly because once we start drinking it we don't stop, and it's tough to write a review while blacked out. We recently got our hands on a bottle of Killepitsch, a similar herbal liqueur made in Dusseldorf, Germany, that was touted as giving Jager a run for its money. We were skeptical, but we were ready to give it a try.

The Color:
The color was dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tint, and it left a syrupy coating on the glass.

The Nose:
The label says Killepitsch contains 90 fruits, berries and herbs, and we would say that sounds about right. When we smelled it, it was complex and strong, with a heavy tinge of anise, giving it a licorice smell. We also detected a lot of gentian, the stuff that gives Angostura bitters and Moxie soda their taste. A mixture of Moxie, bitters and Jager? We must've died and gone to drunk heaven.

The Taste:
Thick and syrupy, this stuff was sweet up front with a bitter, dry aftertaste. Licorice, anise, gentian, mint, root beer, Moxie - there were so many flavors, it was almost overwhelming, but the Jager comparison definitely fit. Overall, Killepitsch seemed sweeter and thicker than Jager, but both had the same aggressive, take no prisoners flavor, if that makes any sense. Someone who drinks Jager a lot will be able to tell the difference, but the typical drinker won't - and if you hate the nectar that is the 'Meister, you'll hate this stuff too.

The Recipes:
We liked it on the rocks, but it seemed like a pretty damned good substitute in a Jager Bomb, if you're in a pinch or just want to try something new.

The Verdict:
Definitely in the running to enter our regular rotation, this stuff was like a doppleganger of Jager (that's a little shout-out to all you D&D players in the house). We liked this one a lot, especially chilled or on the rocks. Plus, it's stronger than Jager (84 proof, as compared to 70), so the blackouts will come even more quickly!

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at March 12, 2006 2:30 AM
Recent Comments

Brill drink Bought in Dusseldorf while on holiday wish I could get it in Scotland

Posted by: Ken Senkel at July 6, 2017 3:52 PM

Cheers to the author of this article, we laughed our aces off, thank you...

Posted by: David at November 24, 2016 11:49 PM

Cheers to the author of this article, we laughed our aces off, thank you...

Posted by: David at November 24, 2016 11:17 PM

This stuff smells like cough medicine. But i like it. And now, as i write this while suffering with a heavy cold, i can tell you there is no medicine better than this stuff as it soothes the throat while its alcohol relaxes the brain ....marvellous!

Posted by: malc at October 27, 2015 6:51 AM

Joe - you scored a Critical Hit on our website seven years after the post was written - you're like the Gelatinous Cube of the Internet!

Posted by: Liquor Snob at September 17, 2013 10:08 AM

in no way is this article depressing. jager, D&D and black outs. ugh.

also, do you think "doppelganger" is a term only used in reference to D&D?

Posted by: joe at September 16, 2013 3:25 PM

Ya gotta update that image pic. Their label now features a lady in leather/latex. Same great stuff in the bottle. I like the greater complexity than it's cousin Jager.

Posted by: Scooterboy at May 29, 2009 6:13 PM

Ahhh, the sweet taste of Killepitsch.
Probably best drunk at the small pub or the street serving hatch in Dusseldorfs Old Town for the authentic experience.
(Also carries the nickname of Kiddy Piss for those who struggle with the pronunciation)

Posted by: Roastbeef at October 2, 2008 10:35 AM
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