It isn’t everyday that a 40 degree spirit is described as ‘an aid to wellbeing’, but that’s exactly how the Underberg website defines its very special herbal concoction. This unique product has particular digestive properties and is based on a secret and proprietary recipe, guarded by the Underberg family since the company was founded by Hubert Underberg-Albrecht in 1846. The herbs are distilled using a process called semper idem (or “always the same”). The extracts are then matured for months in barrels made of Slovenian oak. Production ceased in 1939 due to lack of raw materials, and was restarted in December 1949. The drink is usually associated with its portion-sized 20ml bottle, designed in 1949 by Emil Underberg, grandson of the founder. The mini-bottle is protected by a straw paper sleeve, and the embossed Underberg label is glued on. Underberg is available only in these doll-size portions. The herbal taste is strong and intensely aromatic, like drinking a concentrate of Black Forest… Not always easy to find in the UK, try to order some online.
Tips: ideal as a digestive treat after a meal. You’ll feel instantly revived.
Price: £15.50 (12 X 20ml)