I am imbibing from a bottle of Unicum, the proprietary spirit of Budapest (where I recently sojourned).
It’s not bad. It’s a sweet, syrupy, herby-licorice flavored aperitif.
JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER OF THE 350 FREAKING “LOCAL” EUROPEAN LIQUEURS I’VE SAMPLED!
Of course, France and Italy and Germany and the Balkan states have their separate class of firewater drinks (Marc, grappa, kirsch). But am I wrong, or are there dozens of just about EXACTLY IDENTICAL “distinctive” national drinks (Ricard, Jaegermeister, Unicum, Pastis, Fernet Branca, etc., etc., etc.) that all taste the same – some sort of anise-based herbal formula, plus sugar, plus grain alcohol?
Where’s the creativity?