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Becherovka

Becherovka

70cl Bottle £20.85
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Czech Republic

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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.

6 Comments found

Genevieve Harrison 2009-08-07 08:36:40

My husband and I were visiting Prague for our wedding anniversary in 2007 when we first tried Becherovka and we fell in love with it. We brought home 4 bottles from duty free and when they were finished we went on-line to find out how to buy more we have been ordering it by the case since. It is a lovely nightcap and a great warm-up after a winter walk.

Craig Bryant 2009-07-18 15:34:41

My wife and I discovered Becherovka whilst in a tiny restaurent in Mala Strana in Prague. We immediately fell in love with the drink. It will always remind us of Old Prague in the winter, glistening cobbled streets and tiny alleyways straight out of a cold war spy novel. Becherovka is a warming, syrupy drink with hints of cloves and cinnamon like you've never experienced - and it packs quite a kick ! The Czechs say it have a soothing quality on the stomach and is a great digestif.....all I know it that it hits you like a an old Czech tram, leaving you with a warm fuzzy feeling and always a slightly silly smile.

2008-09-11 10:54:17

As an established G and T girl, I was sceptical about whether this would suit me, but thought that as we'd gone all the way to Karlovy Vary on the train I'd better get into the Czech spirit. ice cold and neat it made my nose hurt and me shake my head with every mouthful, but it gave a real herb hit. I found it better, more refreshing and certainly easier to drink, as to what the Czechs call "beton", where it is mixed with ice and tonic. It is now my drink of choice.

Ian Dransfield 2007-12-26 19:48:43

I don't feel the love for Becherovka. Unfortunately the taste is overpowering and unpleasant, leaving those that drink it in something of a cloved-up haze. It's certainly an interesting drink and I am genuinely annoyed that I cannot appreciate it, but it simply isn't nice enough for me.

Barry Dean 2007-01-17 19:43:00

This was very hard to obtain until recently - but well worth the journey to the Czech Republic. It is deliciously spicy and warming, and goes very well with tonic as an alternative to gin. Also excellent in the cocktail Bohemian Iced Tea.