Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Pretty coffee brown/espresso color. There’s an entire botanical universe of aroma happening here including sassafras, root beer, sage, rosemary, basil, parsley, white pepper. Taste-wise, the attributes appreciated in the bouquet are all present and accounted for the flavor, which is crisp, incredibly bitter, yet stunning in its earthy, woodsy elegance. (Mar 2015)
Though created as an herbal tonic in 19th-Century Milan, Fernet-Branca has gained tremendous popularity in Argentina served with cola. Flavored with more than 40 herbs and spices--including myrrh, chamomile, aloe, cardamom, and saffron--Fernet-Branca is an aromatic, bitter, and utterly intense aperitif. While certainly an acquired taste, this bracing liqueur will inspire you to come back for a second try.
This storied liqueur, sold for numerous ailments throughout its lengthy history, was one of the few commercial alcohol brands still available as "medicine" under Prohibition. Today, you don't need a prescription to enjoy it straight, on the rocks, or served with ginger ale.