The interest in American Honey liqueur on this site has been a bit shocking to me, but it’s hardly the first honey-flavored liqueur to hit the market. One of the oldest, Bärenjäger, is experiencing a bit of a renaissance now — so what better time than now to explore the charms of this liqueur?
You know how Winnie the Pooh likes honey? Well that’s no joke. Hunters used to use an aromatic honey beverage to attract bears, and that’s the idea from which Bärenjäger (“bear hunter”) draws its name. Bärenjäger is made in Germany; the honey it uses comes from Mexico.
Bärenjäger, which dates back to the 1400s, has an intense, serious honey aroma. Orange blossom-like in character, and just like something you’d put on your toast in the morning. The flavor is even more intense. It starts off soft and simple, but very rapidly generates a powerful sweetness, again with that light orange kick.
There are certainly other ingredients here, but they pale in the face of that sweet honey character. There’s a hint of woodsiness, and vague herbal aromatics, but none of them resonate. This is a pure, unabashed honey liqueur. Of course the beehive that serves as the lid probably tipped you off.