Xtabentun in the bright blue painted bottles is the original liquer that we fell in love with after a trip to Playa del Carmen. This is an old Mayan beverage brought to the modern world by the d'Aristi family. It is thick, smooth, sweet and very potent with obvious anise and vanilla flavor and the mysterious taste of the honey of the xtabentun flower from the Yucatan. and built on a base ( I was told) of fermented agave juice but not tequila. Drink it neat or on an ice cube; goes well with milk or cream too. Unfortunately, the original blue bottle version has become quite difficult to find. The stuff in the clear bottle with the yellow label, also labeled d'Aristi Xtabentun, is not as good. Not even close.
d'Aristi Xtabentun Honey Liqueur Decanter Bottle 750ML
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d'Aristi Xtabentun Honey Liqueur Decanter Bottle
"Xtabentun is a liqueur with a long history in the Yucatan, originating with the Mayan production of honey made from the Xtabentun flower. D'Aristi Xtabentun evolved from a liquor produced by the Mayans with the addition of native anis flavor introduced by the Spaniards around 1550. Available in vibrant, stucco, hand-crafted decanters and classic bottles, this liqueur has a delicate flavor and aroma, as natural and exotic as its homeland of sun and history in the Yucatan. Serve straight, cold, or with ice and honey; a great accompaniment to coffee-a Mayan coffee, or in equal parts with tequila for a Yucatan Margarita.. Vibrant yellow with a bright greenish hue. Concentrated anisette from beginning to end; finishes with a thick, rich honey. Chocolaty and warm, with a minty middle. A well-made, well-balanced product."