About German Spirits

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

Elephant Navy Strength Gin
96 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fig jam and quince paste, sassafras float with horchata ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake, and delicate fancy herbal cologne with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, intricate, endless finish revealing notes of floral and citrus sorbets, coriander tea, pink peppercorns, and fruit leather. A powerfully delicious, full-throttle gin with deep layers of flavor and a long seemingly endless finish.
Elephant London Dry Gin
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of orange candies, coleman’s fuel, honeyed rye toast, and chai with maple with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish conveying touches of anise, pepper, and dried citrus. A dry, earthy gin perfect for cocktails with tonic.
Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Rich creamy caramel color. Aromas of caramel cake, cocoa powder, vanilla milkshake, and pecan praline with a velvety, bright, sweet fat body and a smooth, complex, medium-long caramelized agave, smoked chocolate cake, and cinnamon mocha latte finish. A spot-on Cream Liqueur with delicious chocolatey and caramel flavors.
Awards: 2021 Best Cream Liqueur
93 points $19 Best Buy
Elephant Orange & Cocoa Gin
92 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fruit loops, chocolate covered orange peels, almond danish, and grand marnier with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of orange chiffon, tangerine herbal tea, white chocolate nuts, and pepper. A delightfully pure and finesseful orange flavored gin that will be fun to experiment with in creative cocktail play.
Asbach 15 Year Old Brandy
92 points
$89.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of chocolate-covered black licorice, caramelized apple, orange marmalade, allspice, turmeric, and nutmeg with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long wild strawberry, black tea, orange custard, and hint of olive brine finish. A tender and silky dark brandy with big notes of fruit and spice.
92 points $89.99
Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
90 points
$24.99
Dark brown color. Herbal aromas and flavors of fennel, rhubarb, fresh black coffee, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and eucalyptus with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish. A flavor-packed herbaceous Liqueur with great balance; add to stirred cocktails or lattes, shoot, or simply sip neat.
90 points $24.99
Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
89 points
$64
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of celery seed, dried lime, citronella, and kiwi with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of hints of juniper, earl grey, fresh cut grass, and starfruit. A citrusy and grassy Gin that will perk up cocktails; this is a contemporary and bold take that will offer a wide array of cocktail play options.