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      21.02.2013 15:36
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      a great shot

      I wouldn't be a big drinker, but I do like on occasion to take a drink and head out with friends. Usually when we all get together shots are broke out and we all have one. One of my favourite shots is Goldschlager because I love cinnamon and I find that for an alcoholic drink, it is actually quite easy to drink.

      About Goldschlager
      Goldschlager is cinnamon schnapps that originated in Switzerland. It is quite strong and is 43.5% alcohol by volume (87% proof). It is quite an easy drank shot if you enjoy cinnamon and in the bottle there are visible flakes of gold floating in it. It says on the bottle that this is real gold, though the flakes are really tiny and thin.

      Usually I take Goldschlager as a shot, however another nice (but toxic) cocktail that you can make with it, if you are feeling particularly crazy is a Glitterbomb, which consists of a shot of Goldschlager and a half can of Redbull.

      The Taste
      This alcohol has quite a strong cinnamon taste to it, it has a warm alcoholic taste to it, though I find that it is actually quite easily drank. It isn't the type of drink that I would sit and sip in on a quiet night in or enjoy and savour the taste of, but as far as shots go, this one is quite nice.

      Price and Availability
      You can buy a quarter bottle of this in the off-licence for around £7, I think that this is a good price as you never really need much more than one or two shots of it in a night and it seems to last me a good few weekends when I buy it.

      Overall
      This is a very strong shot, that tastes lovely and has a warm cinnamon taste to it. It isn't for everyone but if you enjoy cinnamon and are looking for a drink with a bit of an extra kick to it, Goldschlager is a really good choice to make. Overall I would give this shot 4 out of 5 stars.

      *please drink responsibly

      *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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        01.11.2012 14:06
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        A cinnamon spirit with flecks of gold to make your night out lots of fun!

        Whenever I go on a big night out, one of my friends invariably suggests that we do shots and the drink of choice is usually Sambuka. I just can't stomach it and I am now old enough and wise enough to know that it doesn't agree with me. Amongst others, I now find myself choosing the rather unusual Goldschlager.

        About the drink
        The name of the drink is German and it literally means 'Gold Beater'. The drink has Swizz origins but it is now producted in Italy. This drink is a version of Schnapps and it is flavoured with Cinnamon. What makes this drink special is that is has tiny flakes of gold floating in it.

        The rumours
        Different rumours surround this drink. The first is that the 24 carat gold flakes are not real but are infact a lookylikey substance instead. If indeed they are real, the flakes are so thin that they would only amount to around £1 in value so chances are that they are. The other rumour is that the flakes are there to make tiny cuts in your throat in order to allow the alcohol to be absorbed into the bloodstream at a faster rate. This again is unlikely to be true as the flakes are too thin and not actually sharp at all but the story makes the drink a more interesting one.

        Appearance
        The product is a transparent liquid which has a ever so slightly golden tinge. In the bottle, you can clearly see the golden flakes and they are suspended in the bottle making it look a very eye catching drink indeed. When you pour the liquid into a shot glass, you get around 5 flakes of gold so the bottle is pretty packed with bit. The bottle which it comes in is clear so that you can see the gold flakes floating around.

        Price
        I've only ever has this drink on a night out and for a shot I pay around £4. Obviously this price will vary greatly depending in the type of place your in and on different offers. For a bottle, you will need to spend about £25 for 70cl and it has an alcohol percentage of around 40%.

        Taste
        The drink has quite a thick and syrupy consistency. I assume this is so that the gold flakes are suspended as it wouldn't be such an effective thing if they all sat at the bottom of the bottle. The drink has a really strong taste so some people will hate it. Unlike shots of vodka though, the strong taste isn't that of alcohol. You can clearly taste the cinnamon and it is also has a bit of sweetness to it. The aroma of cinnamon is also really strong and so this adds to the taste of it.

        You can't feel or taste the gold bits and you most definitely can't feel then hurting your throat. You don't experience a sore throat afterwards either which leads me to think the little story is nothing but a rumour. It doesn't have an after taste and it is easy to drink down. It didn't make me feel sick although as it is such a strong percentage of alcohol, it will make you feel tipsy and should be drunk in moderation and responsibly. Obviously you need to be over 18 to drink this one as it contains alcohol.

        Conclusion
        All in all, this is a suprising shot that is completely different to all other shots I've tried. Considering it's high alcohol content, it doesn't actually taste or smell like alcohol. Unless you have an aversion to cinnamon, you should like it although it will be too sweet for some. Whether the flakes of gold are real or not, they bring a novelty factor to the drink making it look pretty and the story surrounding the drink more interesting. I really like the drink and it makes a night out for the Sambuca hater more enjoyable.

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          26.10.2012 20:46
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          Nice warming cinnamon schnapps with flakes of gold

          I first discovered Goldschlager when I worked in a cocktail bar back in the mid 1990's. I loved the novelty idea of it having flakes of gold floating about in it and it was an instant hit with my friends and I. I am also a big lover of cinnamon and to have a drink with two of my favourite things; cinnamon and gold, it was like all my Christmas' had come at once. A few months ago I decided to have a massive blow out in the house and ordered a lot of drink online, I ordered Jagermeister, Baileys, a load of becks, Vodka and finally, Goldshlager.

          ==What is it?==

          Goldshlager is a clear cinnamon schnapps, the selling point, being the flakes of gold leaf floating about in it. The gold is so fine that it isn't worth that much in monetary terms, so I wouldn't bother getting the sieve out. The schnapps has an abv of 43.5% or 87 proof. Goldschlager comes under the Diageo brand and is produced in Italy, although it was first produced in Switzerland, hence the German name, translated means gold beater. The bottle seems to be shaped like a bell(I think that's the best way to describe the shape of it) and it is quite heavy, even when empty. The name emblazoned on the bottom half of the bottle and the words "Real Gold Flakes" stamped onto it(it's not really stamped it just gives you the effect that it is). Above the name of the drink is a gold seal, it's not actually gold, more plastic with a gold colour to it. Shaking the bottle gives it that snow globe feel when you see all the flakes of gold floating about.

          ==Price==

          Goldschlager comes in a 70cl bottle and you can purchase this at most off licenses, I have noticed it is hard to come by, however, and sometimes you are better off buying it online like I did. I purchased my bottle from www.thedrinkshop.com and I paid £24.95, not expensive but not cheap either.

          ==Verdict==

          I really enjoyed the cinnamon drink, the downside to drinking it in a heavy session was the horrendous heartburn I suffered from during the night, so it's probably best not to drink a lot of the stuff. Overall this drink is fantastic and the gold leafs are certainly a talking point to people who hadn't seen or tried the drink before. This drink tastes lovely when a shot is dropped into a glass of Monster to make a Glitterbomb, a nice change from a Jagerbomb or you can mix Jagermeister and Goldschlager together, I can't remember what that's called but down the hatch it went anyway. I find this drink to be a nice warming winter drink, it would certainly not be out of place next to a bottle of baileys on a cold winters night.

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            23.10.2012 19:17
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            A sweet, cinnamon schnapps

            Goldschlager is a Swiss cinnamon schnapps drink. It is 43.5% ABV and what makes this drink really special is that it has little flakes of real gold floating in it. The drink is a clear liquid in a glass bottle and when you give the bottle a shake, the gold flakes swirl around and look amazing.

            To taste, the drink has a sweet, syrupy flavour. After you swallow the cinnamon taste hits you. I find the cinnamon taste to be similar to that of red Aftershock, for those of you who have tried it.

            Due to the high alcohol percentage of this drink, it is best drunk either as a shot or combined with a mixer. It can also be used in cocktails. I generally will take Goldschlager as a shot, but have also enjoyed it mixed with diet coke. A popular way to drink it is as a Glitterbomb, where a shot of Goldschlager is dropped into a glass of red bull/energy drink (similar to a Jagerbomb only using Goldschlager instead of Jagermeister!).

            I love Goldschlager in particular at Christmas time, as I think the gold flakes and the cinnamon taste give it a real Christmasy feel! It is definitely a drink that should be enjoyed in small amounts as too much leaves me feeling rosy cheeked and with the occasional slurring of words.

            Goldschlager is a more expensive schnapps drink, with a 70cl bottle usually costing around £21-23 depending on where you buy it. For this reason it is something I only consume at Christmas time as a bit of a treat.

            For those of you who haven't tried it and like cinnamon, I would definitely recommend giving it a go!

            Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review helpful.

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              21.10.2012 10:59
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              A lovely cinnamony schnapps with gold flakes

              Everyone likes a drink or two. Well, I know not everyone, but everybody that I know and spend time with will at least have a beer or two every few days, and usually significantly more than that. Having lived abroad a few times and meeting people from all over Europe and having friends who have done the same, however, has alerted me to the fact that most countries don't drink as much as we Brits do. Some people may find that cause for concern but I am included among the people for whom that fact inspires a sense of pride in being from the United Kingdom. We do know how to have fun. While you would imagine Germany to be the same, they don't drink in the same way as we do. Here in Bavaria there is obviously a large selection of beer and every restaurant and pub will serve as much light, dark and wheat beer as you'd like as well as wine, but spirits are harder to come by. Even the very German sounding Goldschläger isn't the easiest to find and I still find it strange that the only place I could reliably get this drink was Heriot Watt's union, as the bar was fairly limited and not the kind of place you'd imagine to get an 'unusual' drink.

              == Goldschläger ==

              Goldschläger is a cinnamon flavoured liqueur/spirit/schnapps/alcoholic beverage that contains flakes of gold leaf. The amount of gold in it is very low, however, at would have a very low value should you try to extract it all from the bottle, so that's not anything to get too excited about. I've heard that the gold flakes were included with the intention of very slightly cutting the inside of your throat when you drink it, allowing the alcohol to get into your blood stream more quickly, but I haven't had this rumour substantiated. The alcohol content of Goldschläger is fairly high at just over 40% and so should either be drank as a shot or with a mixer.

              == What I Thought ==

              Goldschläger is one of my favourite drinks and I am disappointed that it isn't available in more places. It is sweet and cinnamony but the alcohol stops it from tasting sickly sweet (although drinking too much of it will of course still have a nauseating effect). The cinnamon also makes it taste a bit spicy without being hot or painful. The bits of gold leaf also make it an interesting and fairly unique drink as well as adding a bit of texture.

              Goldschläger isn't particularly common and so you don't find it in many cocktails or other combinations of drinks. It is, however, one of the three alcohols found in 'liquid cocaine', along with Jägermeister and Bacardi. My friend and I decided to try it with Jägermeister without being aware of this, and named this shot a 'Jägerschläger' or 'hunter puncher', which is what those two words mean in German. The result is a pleasant one, with the sweet cinnamon flavour of Goldschläger being complemented well by the stronger taste of the Jägermeister. I also find that diet coke makes a nice mixer to drink this schnapps with, but that full sugar coke is too much when combined with such a sweet alcoholic beverage.

              == Conclusion ==

              I greatly enjoy and would highly recommend Goldschläger if you can find it. I actually couldn't find it on mysupermarket.co.uk (where I normally go to find food and drink prices for the sake of reviews), but a 700ml bottle can be found on thedrinkshop.com for £24.45. I think that this is a very reasonable price considering that this is such a nice drink and is so unusual. I'd also keep an eye out for it in bars, although it's the kind of drink you're unlikely to find on offer.

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                20.10.2009 22:53
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                A great drink that has a warm taste and is fun to drink

                Goldshlager is a brilliant shooter that contains flakes of gold. It has an attractive look and an addictive taste.

                Goldshlager comes in a quirky bottle that has a gold stamp and black writing. The thing I love most about a bottle of Goldshlager is when you shake the bottle the gold flakes swirl around it and it just looks really pretty.

                The taste of Goldshlager to me is pretty unique it tastes sort of sweet but leaves a spicy cinnamon aftertaste which is great at Christmas time. As soon as I start drinking Goldshlager my face heats up I'm not sure why it only happens with this drink but it's great if I'm already freezing.
                It has a syrup like consistantly and is a pain the backside if you spill it on yourself (which I have done a few times, what a waste) as you turn into a sticky Goldshlager monster. I find that people either love this or hate it but I love it.

                I love this product but it is a product you should consumer carefully because of it's high alcohol content. One minute you feel fine and dandy and then the next you can barley string a sentence together without slurring your words. The problem is when you have one shot of Goldshlager you want another and another so you should try and limit yourself otherwise you will be staggering about or hitting the floor.

                ---- The Price ----
                Goldshlager is pretty expensive the last time I got a bottle it was £21.00 for a 70cl bottle. It is worth it just to try it.

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                  28.07.2009 08:52

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                  All I have to say is that Goldschlager is by far my favorite alcoholic drink, mainly because the taste of alcohol is not prominent and it really gets you feeling a buzz...FAST. I'm only 17 but I've had my fair share of drinks, and Goldschlagger honestly takes the gold (no pun intended). It is worth the price about $35 in the U.S.. The only con to this is the amount for the price, if you could get the same amount you'd get in a Bacardi for $35 then this drink would be GLORIOUS!!!

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                  I have never been a fan of anything remotely aniseed flavoured: sambuca, aftershock, absinthe, but i tried a shot of Goldschlager because of the immense peer pressure on me. Let me set the scene: it was a friday night, in a Lloyds bar, 5 girls havin a good night, standing at the bar, and one of the girls orders 5 shots of Goldschlager...... Well...i have to say it was honsetly disgusting, i gagged and nearly threw up on the floor! Goldschlager is a thick syrupy version of sambuca, but a bit weaker flavour than most sambucas, oh, and it has little pieces of goldleaf floating around in it, with the apparant intention of cutting you throat so that the alcohol can get into your bloodstream quicker. In my opinion, any drink that has the intention of harming the recipient should b avioded at all costs, and cost it does. Goldschlager is not cheap! I do not know how much it costs to buy a bottle here, but in duty free at the airport, it is about 15 pounds, and for a shot in a Lloyds bar, it is about 1.50 Overall, i would say this drink is overrated and disgusting, and would give it 0/10 for effort!

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                  25.06.2001 04:13
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                  Before you read on, please believe me when I say that this sort of thing doesn't happen often!! A couple of years ago, my kids were all at their Gran's in Scotland for a week. I was free, free, free!! I went out for lunch with a good girlfriend of mine to a really nice pub in Newcastle, County Down called Quinn's. We had a lovely, civilized bar lunch, and I even pushed the boat out and had a nice glasss of claret with it. I felt really guilty for drinking in daylight hours, but as you will discover when you read on, I soon got over the guilt factor. My husband rang me on my mobile and said he was going to be late home. I told him where i was, and he made the mistake of telling me to go ahead and have a couple of drinks, after all, it's not often I don't have the ankle-biters to look after! We got a bottle of the claret we has sampled, and seemed to get a taste for this daylight drinking lark. The barman was a frien of my friend, and he asked if we'd ever tried Goldsclager. I'd never heard of it, let alone drank it. Apparently, I was told, it was a schnapps type drink. Cinnamon flavoured, sweet and spicy, with little fleks of gold through it. I thought, feck it, something so pretty looking deserves to be sampled! We got a shot each, and I gingerly took a sip of it. I was immediately struck by the warm feeling running from my throat down to my stomach. The taste was delicious. This surprised me, as I'm not a spirit drinker. "Another one?" my friend asked. "Oh go on then" said I. Instead of a sip this time, we both knocked it back in one. That lovely warmth was fast spreading to my toes. 8 more "Oh, go on then" laters, and this woman was hardly fit to bite her own finger nails! It was now 3 o'clock in the afternoon. I was completely p*s*ed. There wasn't even a little Jimminy Cricket on my shoulder scold
                  ing me. I don't think I really realised how far gone I was. All I remember thinking was that this Goldschlager stuff was really neat. It was the nicest tasting thing I'd ever tasted. To this day, it still is. We got a taxi home to my house, and when I tried to boil the kettle for a lovely after lunch, civilised style coffee, I ended up going into a fit of lasughter that took over 15 minutes to get over and, I'm ashamed to say, resulted in a change of clothing being required!! As well as cinnamony, sweet, spicy, warm & pretty to look at, please add potent. Not sure if it was because we drunk them so quickly, but I've never been reduced to a state like that in my life. My husband arrived home later to find little old me snoring my head off, and not to be found concious again until late the next morning. Oddly enough, I've never tried it again since, and when out for a bar lunch, I astick to coke! One thing I noted with great pleasure, though, It didn't leave me with a hangover!

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                    Right then, how do I normally start my opinions off? With a piece of my history, and seems that I am a wee bit tipsy and I can't be bothered to change anything so here we go. My first experience of Goldschlager was not strictly Goldschlager itself. It was a drink called Strike. The drink is essentially the same, just a little stronger (about 50% compared to Goldschlager 43.5%, poxy). Anyway, too cut a long story short, all I can remember is phoning my mother up at two in the morning, telling her that I was very drunk and asking her what was she going to do about it. I think I woke up with a traffic cone on my head and my friend laughing at me, but it really scared me. Back to Goldschlager then. It's a tasty concoction, based around a cinnamon flavour. Very sweet, with a syrup feel to it and unholy strong (but you would never notice, and if you believe that). Some would say that it would be the ideal drink to really warm you up. I however disagree with this. You certainly have to drink a fair few pints (as a warm up) before even looking at this liqueur. Unsure of what this drink could really do to someone (including me), I decided to conduct my own little experiment. In order to create test conditions I went out and bought a bottle of it, along with some cheap lager to help me through the night (I'm not sure if it will help me though). My purpose is to write a detailed report at each stage of the test (after each glass). Please bare with me though, as I am conducting this experiment as I write. Shot one - The drink has to be drunk in short, quick shots. Allegedly, it was meant to be for sipping, but it somehow seems impossible (I tried it last night and I couldn't manage it, it gets harder to drink with each sip, so I just downed what I had). After a quick can of lager (to get me warmed up), I pour the liquid into the glass and hurl it down my neck. First sensation is the lack of ability to breath (w
                    hich I find out happens with every shot I take). The cinnamon taste lingers quite a while in your mouth, along with the very, very sweet taste. It certainly does warm you up though, leaving a lasting impression (some would call it pain) in the middle of your chest. Mental effects - Not much, a small amount of well-being, but negligible to the amount before the drink. Shot two - A deep breath and down it goes. Initially, similar effects to the first strike. The loss of breath is still there but it is easier to deal with. The warm feeling is back again, but a whole lot more pleasant, and not so much pain in the chest this time. Mental effects - Feeling very happy at the moment. Rather glad that I am writing this opinion and sharing my knowledge of this drink to the masses. Debi (my wonderful girlfriend) looks quite (extra) lovely. Shot three - I have decided to make myself a Black Russian (a cocktail of Vodka, Tia Maria and Coke) before I carry on, I feel that I may need it in the long run. The loss of breath seems to be a lot more now, hic; it's becoming very difficult to deal with, especially at home. The warm feeling is still there but to a lesser extent. All I can taste in my mouth is cinnamon. Mental effects - I am really up for a giggle. Debi seems to think that I am just acting silly, but what does she know? I am also wondering why the hell I am doing this (it's for the good of the people). Shot four - Was I talking about a warm feeling at some point, oh I can't remember. If I can drink this, I can drink anything (where's the nearest garage). Has someone turned the heating up? Mental effects - What was I thinking, I don't think I can do this for much longer. I'm very tired and it's on a school night too. People keep saying things that are just stupid, but very funny. Paul (my housemate is looking a bit attractive at the moment) Shot five - Went down like it was wa
                    ter, with a bit of a grimace. Proud look on my face, I'm king of the world. The heating is definitely on full; it has to be. Mental effects - Shouting a lot. Almost asleep (sorry for any spelling errors). I think that it's time for bed, really is time for bed. Beginning to look at the dog in strange ways. Can't get out of the chair, my legs have to be broke. I'll just finish the Black Russian and take a trip t the land of nod. Thud… Sorry fell off the chair. At this point, I think that I have achieved all I can for Goldschlager. I would like to round this up with my conclusion. It is deceptively strong. One of the few spirits that I can actually say that I really enjoy drinking. It is quite easy to drink, after the initial shock. The cinnamon taste is refreshingly different and although it's sweetness would put one or two people off, I'm sure that most would savour a quick dabble every now and then, suffice to say that it is a tremendously fine liqueur. On a lighter note, I have come to realise that I can't hold my drink, and I am wearing possibly the worst pair of beer goggles in history. Goldschlager however, gets 100% from me, love it. Nicely, Bigmama.

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                      Well I first had Goldschlager in February 2001 (Doh that wasn't long ago was it) in my local pub/2nd home "The Tanners". Of course my friends and I felt it only wise to all have a shot and down 'em straight down. Well as you may have expected shot followed shot and each time you threw back that small glass you would feel the cinnamon liquid treacle down your throat like cough syrup. Any gold pieces caught on your tongue would disolve into the same cinnamon liquid. After a few shots you are left as what can only be described as "donald ducked" or "really f*cked". Walking around like a madman falling around here, there and everywhere. So what's so good about this drink then huh? Well this is one of the best darn drinks you can have for a round of shots and a downing session. It's a lot better than that 'After Shock' you can get and it has cool gold bits that make it all worth while (of course). Buying this drink for home is an OK idea I guess but personally I wouldn't buy it for home. Just get it at the pubs that's all i'd do, unless of course you're going to a party!

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                        The power of Goldschlager is that it lends itself well to a shooter. As with its cousin, aftershock, its just way too sweet for the casual sips. As a true believer of booze, I can honestly say it would never even cross my mind to order a double of goldschlager, throw in a couple of ice cubes and splash in some mixer. I've never met anyone who would. You just don't do it. Goldschlager is a shooter, plain and simple, and thats not a bad thing. It works great as a single, stand alone straight up shot: its sweet to the taste, warms up the through real nice and has a pleasant aftertaste. Its the kind of gimmick shooter you get a round of shots in maybe halfway through the night, when you notice the shiny bottle with the gold flecks behind the bar. Although its pretty widespread, its always going to have a fairly selective appeal, which is kind of a shame, as its pretty similar to the more popular aftershock. The same drinking considerations apply here: this is one that kind of sneaks up on you, and it always seems like you've drank less than you actually have: until you stand up, and the room goes helter skelter. So take care.

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                        Clear with Gold leaf flakes. Spicy, cinnamon aromas with alcohol vapours. The palate has a sweet, syrupy quality with very marked, hot spicy flavours that linger. Has a hot bite to the finish.