Caleb and I had a great day today, actually working together
most of the day. I will probably write about it tomorrow but for now, I wanted to mention how it ended:
Caleb and I came back from going out to dinner and he suggested we have some after dinner drinks. Both of them would be things we'd never had before.
First came... Underberg
I don't know how it all began, but Caleb heard something about this drink, spent a lot of time of the web site and became really curious what it tasted like. We speculated that it would have to be really disgusting but could find very few opinions about it so finally a couple weeks ago, Caleb found a little package in an imported foods store so he bought it. (Yes, that's right, we purposely
go out and buy food & drinks we think will be gross. Actually not uncommon at all.)
Underberg is a "digestive" drink from Germany (or maybe Austria?) that comes in a teeny, tiny bottle. It's brownish red and (so they claim) contains a couple hundred herbs and extracts, supposed to make your tummy feel good and basically clenase you of your iniquities or whatever. It's to be drunk all in one quick gulp, like cough medicine.
Caleb had a lick of it and immediately pronounced it wretched. I had the rest of the first spoonful and then the rest of the (tiny) bottle in one gulp, so I probably can be more thorough describing it.
My review? Not that I would drink it again, but really it was not as disgusting as I thought. It had a licorice taste but since I like licorice that wasn't bad. There were some other flavors mixed in, all very medicinal. The thing I didn't like was the fiery trail it made down my throat; it reminded me of times I've tested out hard alcohol straight -- really HATE that feeling. Caleb tells me Underberg is actually not high proof and it didn't make me drunk, but it still made my throat burn. Afterward my stomach did feel different, kind ironed out of something.
The next drink we tried was Cynar
This drink gets good reviews! It's made by the same group that makes Campari, Caleb's favorite drink (ever!) but one I'm not fond of. I was a bit worried about trying it, since there's an artichoke on the label and apparently contains artichoke, but actually it was good stuff. Mixed with soda water, it tastes like a nice bitter soda, a bit like Chinotto, an Italian soft drink I buy in bottles sometimes. It also tastes like Campari but not nearly as strong -- a GOOD thing, if you ask me.