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5.0 out of 5 stars An Acquired Taste..., 15 Jan. 2012
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Love this stuff, having discovered it on ships. I've never suffered from sea-sickness but a wee dram can definitely pick you up when a storm is raging and leaving you a bit tired.

It's basically like Jägermeister without the sugar, in terms of taste, although that doesn't do justice to it's effects, and Jägermeister is no substitute for Fernet Branca. It's a proper bitter digestif made from a gazillion exotic and potent herbs, roots & barks, originally devised in the 19th century to fight cholera if I'm not mistaken.

It's widely popular outside the UK, especially after heavy meals or heavy nights, and it definitely works to calm the effects of both. It's basically the healthiest 40% spirit you can drink! A little goes a long way and I fully expect this bottle to last me at least 6 months.

The taste can take some getting used to, although a few drops of creme de menthe go a long way to making it more palatable for novices; also, a milder minty version called "Branca Menta" is produced by the same firm. Chilling it well also softens it's bite.

It's an ideal gift for somebody who claims to have tasted/drunk everything, or who appreciates good food but sometimes struggles afterwards.

Only quibble is that it's readily available in many Italian/Spanish/German supermarkets (and the on the corresponding Amazon sites) for about 15 Euros, whilst we have to pay almost twice that. Looked at ordering it from Amazon Germany but postage also 15 Euros, so no advantage there...
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