An excellent, 100% natural, traditional alcoholic beverage of the best quality. For those who drink Becherovka it is no surprise that this popular classic of Czech alcoholic beverages is a 100% natural product without any chemical conservatives, artificial colours or emulsifiers. It contains only water from Karlovy Vary, quality alcohol, natural sugar and a very specific and harmonic blend of herbs and spices - that is all Becherovka is made from. Have a look at the information in small print on other liquor brands and compare.
It is very important to understand this self-evident truth, because it means that no two bottles of Becherovka are absolutely identical. Of course two bottles of Becherovka filled on the same day are practically the same but the drink can vary slightly from day to day, not to mention over weeks, months or years. Like its recipe, Becherovka's production process has not changed over the last 200 years. It has been modernized only in that the company uses the most modern technologies available at the time. But the fact that Becherovka is a living, natural product necessarily causes slight changes in colour, taste and aroma. Just take our herbs and spices, which come from all over the world - strong rainfall or periods of drought, different soil, time of harvest and many other factors can cause fluctuations in the strength and taste of the herbs and spices we use. Of course, we cooperate with well-known suppliers of herbs and spices who guarantee the best quality; nevertheless, while the quality remains unchanged, the taste may vary slightly. With so many kinds of herbs and spices in Becherovka, just imagine the potential for variability!
But the ingredients are not the only factor responsible for the final appearance, taste and aroma of Becherovka. The beverage's maturing process in oak barrels plays an important role in its production as well. We have many oak barrels - small, dark ones from the beginning of the 19th century, but also giant barrels only a few years old. Before final filtration and bottling, Becherovka spends several weeks in these barrels to settle a little and to become mellow and fine. During these weeks in the barrels, Becherovka slowly changes ever so slightly. It becomes darker and its taste becomes more well-rounded. This is no secret, and lovers of Becherovka who have had the opportunity to drink a glassful from an older bottle know it. The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection knows it, too, and confirms that this process is absolutely natural and normal.
Although Becherovka is a living product, it is always excellent and long-lasting. Should a consumer find a bottle of Becherovka from the end of the last century buried in his grandparents' garden, it still is Becherovka - the unmistakable features are still present in this excellent beverage. We have to admit that the discovery of an old or even very old bottle of Becherovka in one's backyard or among the old junk in the attic is a very rare event. Becherovka is usually consumed very soon after purchase, so a thorough search would be necessary to find an older bottle.
Becherovka experts cannot agree on whether the time the beverage spends in the bottle makes the taste of the herbs more prominent or whether the taste of the spices dwindles away with time. Be that as it may, both professional and (the much more frequent) laymen's speculations about Becherovka's taste and ingredients are never-ending and this will not change in the future.