A few years ago, my husband and I travelled to Belgium and the Netherlands. One of the friends we made on our South Africa trip lived in Maastricht. She graciously offered to let us stay with them while we were in Maastricht so we could catch up and visit.
When we arrived at their house, she opened the fridge to reveal a huge variety of local beers her boyfriend purchased for us to try. (These are the kinds of travel friends everyone should have!)
But the one liqueur they brought out of the cupboard that left the biggest impression on us, was Dropshot.
She poured each of us a shot of this murky black liquid and told us to toss it back. We did, and it was an instant shock to our taste buds. Dropshot starts off salty, but quickly spreads across your tongue to give you a sweet black licorice flavour. It’s basically like liquified dropjes, those double-salted licorice candies that are so popular in Dutch circles. Personally, I don’t mind black licorice but I really can’t stomach the super-salted varieties.
But Dropshot isn’t as salty as dropjes. The saltiness is just a trace in the first sip, almost like a lightly salted coating. And once you get passed that little jolt, it gives you the good stuff. It reminds me a bit of Jagermeister, only not as herbal. It’s quite smooth actually, almost syrupy, without being sickly-sweet. It would be lovely on ice too I imagine, but it’s also nice straight up.
After we left our friend’s place, we checked out a few liquor stores and found some Dropshot to bring home to Canada. We’ve had this bottle since 2012, and have been sipping it ever so slowly because it’s quite unique, I don’t know of anything like it here in Canada.
De Kuyper Royal Distillers makes Dropshot liquor, and their website shows where you can purchase it if you’re ever in the Netherlands and want to give it a try.
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