Review: Stroh Jagertee Liqueur

The “Jager” might tip you off that this is an herbal liqueur, but don’t let the name fool you: Stroh Jagertee (“hunter’s tea”), hailing from Austria, is a curious blend of Austrian “spiced rum” — see the various comments below for more detail on what that entails — and black tea, bottled at a full 80 proof.

A decidedly unique spirit, it does indeed taste like its constituent components. The tea is strong and fresh, the “rum” spiced within an inch of its life, with cinnamon, raisins, and lots of fruit character — orange peel, dried mango, dried pineapple. The effect is super-sweet, like a heavily-spiced pineapple upside-down cake that is drenched with tea. I’m not sure this is something I could drink on a daily basis, but it’s intriguing as a sweet after-dinner sipper in lieu of a bitter amaro.

B / $25 / stroh.at

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4 Responses

  1. kallaskander July 30, 2012 / 5:48 am

    Hi there,

    no rum in Stroh rum. It is a flavoured neutral spirit.
    It is not distilled from molasses or fresh cane juice.
    According to EC law the expression “rum” was taken off the labels.

    So no rum there in the Jäger Tee either. Sorry. ;)

    Greetings
    kallaskander

    • Christopher Null July 30, 2012 / 8:17 am

      Thanks for the corrections. Post is updated to reflect that the rum is “rum.”

  2. Mark December 1, 2017 / 6:13 am

    Hi Chris – the comment made here in 2012 provides incorrect information. Stroh Rum is 100% a sugar-based spirit with spices added. The history is that it was originally created as an imitation rum (sugar beets) when rum was not readily available in Austria-Hungry. That is where the term ‘Inlaender Rum’ originated. Since the 1990’s Stroh has been an authentic rum although its historical recipe plagues it in the eyes of rum enthusiasts today. The reason rum does not show on the Jagertee bottle, although it contains Stroh Rum, is because it is a concentrate for Jagertee that which you can find on the slopes of the Austrian Alps. The traditional way to drink Stroh Jagertee would be to pour 1-2 oz in a tea cup and fill with boiling water.

    Stroh 160 Spiced Inlaender Rum does in fact have rum on the label because it is rum and falls under the TTB’s general class definition of rum.

    Hope this helped clarify things – and in the spirit of full disclosure, I do work for the brand.

    • Christopher Null December 1, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thanks — I have clarified above with direction to read your comment.

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