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The oldest commercial brand of Pacharan (also known as Patxaran) is produced in the Basque region. It's made by steeping sloes, ccoffee and vanilla in anisette producing an interesting and compex liqueur.

Had some the last time I walked the camino Frances

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Here is the website of the dominant brand:

They would like you to drink it at all times of the day! In France the anise liqueurs are usually consumed before a meal as an aperitif. Cognac, armangac, and Chartreuse are more common as a digestif. If you are in French wine country at grape harvest time, look for bourru in the bars. It is first run grape juice with very low alcohol and some carbonation from a short period of fermentation. It is not a packaged and distributed product, so is always local and available only for a few weeks at harvest time.

A bottled aperitif product in the Gers region is floc de Gascogne. It is primarily grape juice and armagnac mixed to about a 17% alcohol content.
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The most popular brand is Zoco. My goodness we drank lots of that in Madrid. For four years we gave our boss a bottle of it for Christmas. She was always 'surprised' and delighted. Lovely stuff.


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I am completely enamored with Pacharan (or however you spell it!). I just found a local source in the San Francisco Bay Area...Ledger's Liquors on University in Berkeley. Anyone else have a source in this area? Please share!


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Hello everyone,

You are all making me thirsty for the camino. I still preferred my orujo de hierbas in galicia.


I fell in love with Pacharan while walking the Camino del Norte & had lots of trouble finding it in the states. However, I found that it can be ordered online at & have shared it with friends who also found it surprisingly interesting & delicious. I am not sure whether I will be able to get any this year when I walk the Portuguese Camino. Rats.
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