About German SPIRITS

The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink.

There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.
Top Picks for Germany
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Schladerer
Obstwasser
Clear color. Delicate, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced pears and baked apple with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with accents of minerals and lemon pepper. A delicious and pure fruit eau-de-vie.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Schladerer
Williams Birne
Clear. Bright aromas and flavors of ripe Bartlett pear and cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, pure pear skin, nut oil, pepper and mineral nuanced finish. A very good example of a pear brandy.
92 points $45.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab