We love cloves - they put us in mind of everything from Christmas ham to clove cigarettes. Spicy and savory, cloves give off warmth and a pleasant burn. While that might not sound too exciting in the middle of summer, can you imagine sipping a liqueur with that flavor next to a fireplace (or nice warm heater, we guess)? Check out Berchovka liqueur, the description of which puts thoughts of Jagermeister spinning through our heads, from Josh Spear. Looks like it's not available in the states, or at least not yet...who do we write to about that?
Ever smoked a clove? If so, you might notice the sweet taste on your mouth after a couple drags. Think of that lip-smacker flavor, put it in liquid form and you have Becherovka, an herbal bitter liqueur made in the Czech Republic. Alcohol, anise seeds, cinnamon, sugar and 32 other herbs make it sticky and spicy. It's best cold, nice as a sipper or with a bit of tonic (ask for a Beton) and Becherovka also aids in digestion. It's a great way to taste a little bit of Czech culture as you're trying so desperately to dodge the Americans that seem to have taken over that poor city. Available at most pubs and a bargain at Tescos.
via Josh Spear
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 15, 2006 8:08 AM
Tastes like it sounds...whatever that means. Definitely not "shite".
The comparison to Goldschlager is fair, due to a cinnamon flavor, but it's herbal mix gives it a smooth and rich flavor, quite nice to sip, unless you are the type who can only stomach doing shots of bacardi immediately chased with a beer.
Availability is spotty, but ask around and it can be found. Find a local Czech restaurant and they will surely be able to point you in the right direction.
This stuff has been in the states for a while now... get off your computers and take a minute to check out the local liquor barn. Unless you live in some whacko compound in Idaho chances are you'll find it yourselves. By the way, it tastes like it sounds... complete shite!
I had this over the 4th thanks to friends bringing it back from the Czech. This stuff is lights out and I was thinking more along the lines of Goldschlager. If someone hadn't had cloves before that's the flavor that they'd guess it is.
It's strooooooong. Every shot gave me a jump or two.
Now I damn myself for not posting about it earlier.