Hierbas Ibicencas

The Magic Fluid of Ibiza

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The famous spirit of Ibiza

It has been cheering up holidays since forever, turning them into hilarious and unforgettable experiences.

The tasty spirit, made of local herbs, finds its roots in the history of the Balearic Islands. The monks who already lived here in the Middle Ages grew wild herbs and once put them under alcohol which they would use it as medical remedy and, we could perhaps imagine, not only for that…

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Liquors Aniseta, Ibiza, a local producer, welcomes us in their laboratory, where we take a fantastic journey.

Across scents, machineries, and unique techniques we learn about this amazing liqueur, indisputable symbol of the best holidays in Ibiza. It is 10am, and the aroma of the spirit and its alcohol manifest nicely across my senses!

David Ferrer tells us about the family business which was founded in 1925. They have since then specialized in the production of the most exquisite local spirits, and are still today, made with traditional techniques.

Across the scents of the herbs, big barrels and antique machineries, we discover other delights such as Rumaniseta, (fragrant liquor of wild rosemary), Palo (perfect aperitif made from cinchona), Frigola (digestive based on thyme).

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We understand that the Hierbas Ibicencas comes from the maceration of chamomile, anise, hierbas luisa (typical plant of these rich lands), orange, lemon skin, thyme and rosemary…

Unfortunately, these are only the few secrets that we manage to capture.

David, in fact, is very good at not revealing everything, remaining a mystery to us, the production of this magical liquid – like many things in this enchanted island.

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We wish to thank for this post:

Sandra Benbeniste – Ibiza Preservation Fund
Licores Aniseta, Ibiza

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