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All That Glitters May Be Gold
Member Name: charby
Date: 21/10/12, updated on 04/10/13 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely taste, interesting drink
Disadvantages: Hard to find, a bit expensive
Everyone likes a drink or two. Well, I know not everyone, but everybody that I know and spend time with will at least have a beer or two every few days, and usually significantly more than that. Having lived abroad a few times and meeting people from all over Europe and having friends who have done the same, however, has alerted me to the fact that most countries don't drink as much as we Brits do. Some people may find that cause for concern but I am included among the people for whom that fact inspires a sense of pride in being from the United Kingdom. We do know how to have fun. While you would imagine Germany to be the same, they don't drink in the same way as we do. Here in Bavaria there is obviously a large selection of beer and every restaurant and pub will serve as much light, dark and wheat beer as you'd like as well as wine, but spirits are harder to come by. Even the very German sounding Goldschläger isn't the easiest to find and I still find it strange that the only place I could reliably get this drink was Heriot Watt's union, as the bar was fairly limited and not the kind of place you'd imagine to get an 'unusual' drink.
== Goldschläger ==
Goldschläger is a cinnamon flavoured liqueur/spirit/schnapps/alcoholic beverage that contains flakes of gold leaf. The amount of gold in it is very low, however, at would have a very low value should you try to extract it all from the bottle, so that's not anything to get too excited about. I've heard that the gold flakes were included with the intention of very slightly cutting the inside of your throat when you drink it, allowing the alcohol to get into your blood stream more quickly, but I haven't had this rumour substantiated. The alcohol content of Goldschläger is fairly high at just over 40% and so should either be drank as a shot or with a mixer.
== What I Thought ==
Goldschläger is one of my favourite drinks and I am disappointed that it isn't available in more places. It is sweet and cinnamony but the alcohol stops it from tasting sickly sweet (although drinking too much of it will of course still have a nauseating effect). The cinnamon also makes it taste a bit spicy without being hot or painful. The bits of gold leaf also make it an interesting and fairly unique drink as well as adding a bit of texture.
Goldschläger isn't particularly common and so you don't find it in many cocktails or other combinations of drinks. It is, however, one of the three alcohols found in 'liquid cocaine', along with Jägermeister and Bacardi. My friend and I decided to try it with Jägermeister without being aware of this, and named this shot a 'Jägerschläger' or 'hunter puncher', which is what those two words mean in German. The result is a pleasant one, with the sweet cinnamon flavour of Goldschläger being complemented well by the stronger taste of the Jägermeister. I also find that diet coke makes a nice mixer to drink this schnapps with, but that full sugar coke is too much when combined with such a sweet alcoholic beverage.
== Conclusion ==
I greatly enjoy and would highly recommend Goldschläger if you can find it. I actually couldn't find it on mysupermarket.co.uk (where I normally go to find food and drink prices for the sake of reviews), but a 700ml bottle can be found on thedrinkshop.com for £24.45. I think that this is a very reasonable price considering that this is such a nice drink and is so unusual. I'd also keep an eye out for it in bars, although it's the kind of drink you're unlikely to find on offer.
Summary: A lovely cinnamony schnapps with gold flakes