Jagermeister: Many Herbal Flavors, Many Stories to Tell
Liqueurs are widely varied and due to their unique flavors and characteristics, many are growing in popularity and some have even earned cult- like status among both those who love them and those who hate them. One liqueur that enjoys a loyal following is **Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur**, a multi- flavored liqueur sold in the familiar green bottle. **Liqueur Commentary:**Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur pours to brown/reddish hue and it offers a distinctive nose that is spicy and herbal- enhanced. Unlike full- strength basic liquor, Jagermeister is a little thicker in consistency, producing more noticeable legs when swirled in a glass. Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is made using 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots, and barks and it has a taste that is spicy and herbal- like. Tasting Jagermeister, I can detect flavors like black licorice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and root beer. The taste is somewhat medicine- like and semi- sweet. The finish has only a slight, drying bite, which turns quickly back to the sweet taste of herbs in the aftertaste. The company that produces Jagermeister discloses only a few of the ingredients it uses in the manufacturing of Jagermeister and that list includes cinnamon, ginger root, saffron, and orange peel. The remaining ingredients are kept secret. The alcohol content of Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is 35 percent by volume, making it 70 proof. . Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is one of the few alcoholic beverages that can claim to have an almost cult- like following and most everyone (particularly those who have attended college) can attest to many interesting experiences with this herbal adult beverage. There are a few other types of herbal liqueur on the market, but when herbs and booze are mentioned in the same breath, Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is usually the one you think of first. It is easy to see why. The mixture of herbs and spices gives Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur a taste all its own and it is this unforgettable mixture of flavors that make Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur one of the classic love-it-or-hate-it beverages. Some people think Jagermeister is God's secret gift to mankind. Others consider it the most vile adult beverage ever concocted by human hands. Ask someone what they think of Jagermeister and watch their facial expression. You will know in an instant whether or not they adore or despise this herbal flavored liqueur from Germany. Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is legendary for many different reasons and it seems like most everyone can recall an unusual experience that took place when they were drinking Jagermeister or when a friend was under the influence of this medicinal mixture. Besides the interesting taste, one of the other noteworthy qualities of Jagermeister is its ability to make people do strange things. Not necessarily regrettable things (although there are certainly those as well), but just plain strange things. Most people chalk up the weird behaviors to the general effects from drinking alcohol, but I'm not so sure. When you consider that no one really knows the majority of the ingredients used to make Jagermeister, it makes you wonder exactly what certain types of herbs are capable of doing to one's behavior. Think back to the last time you saw someone after several shots of Jagermeister and then think about another occasion when the same person had consumed several shots of some other type of alcohol. Notice any differences? I certainly have, and it adds to the mystery of this licorice- flavored booze product so popular with so many. **Bottom Line Viewpoint:** Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur is an interesting herbal beverage that makes some very funky mixed drinks, but is usually consumed all by itself to get the maximum effects. Most people fall within the love it or hate it crowd when it comes to Jagermeister, but I am one of the few whose opinion of this liqueur seems to fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. I can agree it tastes like medicine (even the thin, green bottle looks like a medicine bottle) and I agree that Jagermeister is an acquired taste. But something about the mixture of herbs, roots, spices, and blossoms makes for an interesting flavor and one which I continue to partake from time to time. I don't rank Jagermeister among my all- time favorites and I don't get cravings for the taste of Jagermeister like many of its devotees. But Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur still has a certain appeal and I will likely continue to take a swig from time to time.