This is a version of the original Goldwasser produced in 1598
by the German firm, "Danzig". The recipe did not always include gold flakes.
These were added when it became thought that gold was valuable in the treatment
of certain diseases. Gold, is of course totally inert - it is quite harmless to
use in food products and has since been found not to impart the benefits the
alchemists attributed to it. Pure gold is still added for the appearance and to
maintain tradition. Originally produced from aniseed and caraway, this version
from Der Lachs is a fine example of the liqueur.
Clear with gold particles. Intense, bitter herbal bark, cinnamon, and
cologne-like aromas. A supple entry leads to a sweetish, medium-to full-bodied
palate of mild licorice, cinnamon, and medicinal herb flavors with an angular
streak of menthol. Finishes with a wave of peppery heat, spice, and modest
sweetness. Very much in the style of a traditional European tonic liqueur.