Pacharan is a beautiful liqueur that is made from sloe berries. These berries are found on the blackthorn bush and present a delicious flavor. When unripened, these berries are extremely tart and difficult to eat. However, after cold winters, the berry’s flavor is tempered and takes on a slightly sour, plum-like flavor.
Pacharan hails from the Basque region in the north of Spain. Pacharan is officially Destination of Origin and can only be called pacharan navarro if it is indeed made in this region and follows the strict standards set forth. Pacharan has a deep, fruity flavor thanks to the sloe berries. Notes of plum and dark fruit are observed. On top of this, distillers add anise to the mix to impart a welcome licorice flavor.
Pacharan is best served cold (from the fridge) and is usually consumed as a digestif. It was originally used in the middle ages as a form of medicine to help cure digestive issues.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.