Wurzelpeter (30%)

Wurzelpeter is one of many German herbal liqueurs. It began to be manufactured in 1935 in the Berlin Mitte district. After the 2nd World War, the company that produced the liqueur was nationalized, and over the years, it was grown as the East German equivalent of the famous West German product Jägermeister. Wurzelpeter is a spirit strongly associated with Berlin, although it is sold throughout Germany and also in other parts of Europe. Wurzerpeter is produced in both 30% and 40% strength versions. In Germany, the 30% version is more typical, the stronger one is intended more for export. The raw materials used in the production of Wurzelpeter is not generally known, but at least cardamom and bitter orange have been announced. A 50 cl bottle of 30% strength Wurzerpeter founded  in the Estonian grocery store cost €9.98

The appearance and aroma of the liqueur are very typical for herbal liqueurs. No specific herb or spice can be distinguished from the smell, except perhaps in the background of a light orange aroma. The taste is very soft and sweet, but not too sugary. The taste has cardamom and other baking spices, a hint of cloves and ginger. There is a bit of bitterness, but it is very moderate. Spicy and bitter notes remain in the aftertaste. The 30% strength means that even those who find Jägermeister too strong to drink neat. The taste is very smooth, but also a bit flat and ordinary. Wurzelpeter is a light and easy liqueur, but not anything too memorable or special.


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