Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur of the Alps
Zirbenz // Austria
Zirbenz is owned by Haus Alpenz and is made and bottled by Josef Hofer in Austria, a distillery that’s been in operation since 1797. The distinctive liqueur is made from the fruit of the Arolla Stone Pine tree. It is released each year in limited quantities, and may vary in taste from season to season.
Herbal/Spice LiqueursHerbal and/or spiced liqueurs make up a bulk of the liqueur family. Oftentimes the recipe or formula is top secret and decades if not centuries old and were created for “medicinal purposes.” Any type of liquor can form the base. Sugar is added prior to bottling.
"A hue reminiscent of pine cones, this liqueur has a heady and intense aroma akin to walking through a swath of evergreens. On the palate, you first get an explosion of pine flavor, but it quickly gives way to a more mellow, sappy sweetness. Possibly a bit too biting to sip on its own, in small doses this would add interesting flavor to cocktails."