Goldwasser Review

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Thanks to my recent illness, we are bringing you our liqueur review late this week.  But, it actually works as this liqueur is absolutely perfect for the holidays!  It will help liven up any Hanukkah celebration, make the wait for Santa easier and add sparkle to your New Year’s cocktails.   

Danzig Goldwasser has one of the most storied histories in the wine and spirits world.  Goldwasser has been made at least since 1598 (and allegedly was served at least as early as 1549).  it was served to Peter the Great, who supposedly ordered a continuous supply, and Catherine the Great.  A former city of Prussia, Danzig and Goldwasser survived the tug-of-war between Germany, Poland and Lithuania.  It wasn’t until the end of World War II that Danzig became Gdansk and part of Poland and the distillery that made Goldwasser moved from Danzig to Berlin (where it had been being produced in addition to the distillery in Danzig) and then to West Germany where it is still produced. 

In addition to its unique history, Goldwasser is also made with flakes of 22 carat gold.  The gold is ingested and passes through unprocessed, causing no harms to humans.  The gold flakes give Goldwasser a certain panache!

The Danzig Goldwasser is clear and colorless with small flakes of gold.  On the nose, the Goldwasser has an intense flavor of cinnamon, anise, black licorice and citrus.  On the palate, the Goldwasser has a lush mouth feel with an intense alcohol burn and pronounced flavors of anise (almost like drinking an anise candy), black licorice, citrus and cinnamon.  The flavor profile is very complex.  Medium plus finish with an alcohol burn.  Good liqueur.

Whip up some Goldwasser with vodka for a martini for Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve!


  1. by BrianH, December 24th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I made my own Silverwasser by adding edible silver flakes to my favorite vodka to bring a new touch to the holiday “spirit” !

  2. by Rachel, December 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    That’s awesome!  Send us pics.

  3. by Mark Sea, November 3rd, 2012 at 7:07 am

    A historical correction: Danzig was a Polish city long before it was Prussian. It was founded by Duke Mieszko I of Poland in about 1000, and it wasn’t until about the 19th century that Prussia conquered a third of Poland containing cities such as Gdansk (the remaining two-thirds were split between Austria and Russia, known as the Partitions). I’m not sure what Lithuania is doing in the picture, as the city was never part of Lithuania.