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Riga Black Balsam

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Riga Black Balsam (Latvian: Rīgas Melnais balzams) is a traditional Latvian balsam often considered to be the national drink of Latvia.[2] According to tradition, only the Head Liquor Master and two of his apprentices know the exact recipe.[3] Nowadays, Riga Black Balsam is produced by JSC Latvijas Balzams and has received more than 100 awards at different international fairs throughout its history.[4]

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Riga Black Balsam
Half litre bottles of Riga Black Balsam: Blackcurrant, Original, and Element (with rum)
ManufacturerLatvijas Balzams
Country of origin Latvia
Alcohol by volume 45% (classic), 43% (XO), 40% (Coffee), 30% (Black Currant and Cherry)
Proof (US)60°–90°
ColourDark brown (classic), dark purple (Black Currant) or dark red (Cherry)
FlavourA combination of birch, lime, ginger, cocoa, liquorice baking spices and berries[1]

More than 2 million bottles of Riga Black Balsam are produced each year and exported to 30 countries.[5] There are several variations of the balsam with blackcurrants, cherries, and even brandy.[2]

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