The conception of Becherovka begins with the insight of a skilled businessman, Josef Vitus Becher (1769-1840). Besides his business with seasoing and colonial goods at his shop called at Three woodlarks’, he had a special interest in crafting spirits. In 1794 he rented a wine distillery and started to experiment with liquers. Following in the legacy of his family, he also worked in the field of the public affairs, as boht a counselor and mayor. Josef’s business practice was taken over by Johann (Jan) Nepomuk Becher in 1838. Prince Maximilian Friedrich von Plettenberg came to Carlsbad in 1805 to be cured of an ailment. He was accompanied by his personal doctor, Dr. Christian Frobrig, hailing from England. Dr. Frobrig was a frequent visitor at Jan Becher’s. They frequently met to discuss herbs, and their many healing powers. When Dr. Frobrig left, he gave Jan Becher the gift of a new, revolutionary liqueur recipe. Jan Becher tested this very same recipe many times over the course of two years before he began selling it in 1807 as “English Bitter,” aimed to cure stomach illness. May 1807 marked a significant day in Becherovka’s histroy: the Three Woodlarks industry made its first sale. The drink was called “English Bitter,” and was used for medicinal purpose: for curing stomach illness. The mix become wildly popular within the city, where people flocked for miles seeking this proven cure for stomach illness. Unlike herbs and seasoning that were sold in grams, Becher’s drink was a magic concoction of herbs and spices that eased not only the stomach of the patient, but the soul.
Clear, pale golden amber in colour. The bouquet is complex, herbal and spicy – particularly cinnamon and cloves. Lightly silky and honeyed with a changing range of sweetness and bitterness, with rootiness, cloves, baked apples, hint of cough medicine, dried mint and humbugs. Long herbal spicy finish with lingering rooty bitterness and clove.