Such is the case with Becherovka ($25 retail), a bitter, herbal liqueur from the Czech Republic.
It is like no liqueur we have ever tasted. Wave the bottle under your nose and you’ll find your palate flooded. A clove note predominates, with orange peel and ginger playing second fiddle.
Becherovka is 76 proof. It can be chilled in the freezer and taken neat as a post-meal tipple (digestif). With the hot weather upon us, however, we have really enjoyed pouring a shot in a highball glass, dropping in four or five ice cubs, and filling it with tonic water. This Becherovka and Tonic Highball is astonishingly crisp and refreshing. (Rating ****1/2)