The special-edition bottle is modern and trippy, purple with pink lettering and a cartoony Keith Haring-esque design. But the recipe for this traditional herbal liqueur dates back to the mid 1800s—“a taste of old Dusseldorf.” Old or new, it’s complex and delicious, with a Cognac-like dried-fruit and spice base—raisins, dates, cherries, figs, cinnamon, sarsaparilla…
The fetching bouquet is anything but bitter with floral and fruity notes with scents of black pepper, parchment and kale. The palate entry is sweet and cherry cola-like; at midpalate the berry/red fruit character comes to the fore. Finishes satiny smooth, ropey in texture and almost like chocolate orange. Very nice. Best Buy.