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Kaapse Buchu Limoncello

Kaapse Buchu Limoncello is made with South African lemon rind oils infused with buchu often referred to as the “miracle herb”, due to the medicinal properties of its oil. Kaapse Buchu Limoncello won a Gold Medal at the 2016 International Wine and Spirits Awards!

 

The “Miracle Herb”

Buchu, a protected fynbos herb, is indigenous to the renowned Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa’s western cape region. It has a long and interesting history as a medicinal herb and was used by the indigenous Khoisan for centuries. They believed buchu was an elixir of youth and also used it as a general tonic.

 

All the medicinal properties of buchu are found in the leaves, which contain the essential oils traditionally used in herbal remedies. Buchu oil is a strong diuretic and also has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antispasmodic properties, enabling it to act as a natural antibiotic.

 

Buchu also acts as an anti-inflammatory (for gout, rheumatism and other symptoms of overindulgence), a stomach tonic and a cleansing herb. It can also be used for the treatment of gastrointestinal and urinary tract ailments. Buchu oil is a valuable source of vitamin A, B, C, E as well as numerous minerals, antioxidants and disease preventing flavonoids.

 

So why aren’t you drinking it then?

Buchu is thus widely recognised as South Africa “miracle herb”. So why aren’t you drinking it then? It’s available as herbal tea, health water and now … with fresh lemon and buchu flavours, as Kaapse Buchu Limoncello liqueur or digestive! A traditional liqueur-style limoncello, it is exquisite served chilled as an aperitif, digestive or on ice.

 

The magic ingredient is Piekenierskloof buchu (Agathosma Betulina), from Tierhoek (www.tierhoek.com), the only restored sandveld wine farm in Africa, located on South Africa’s west coast. The buchu leaves are handpicked and immediately infused into the limoncello, ensuring the buchu oil is extracted naturally and at its best.

 

Limoncello lovely

The fresh fragrance of the lemon zest oil is interwoven with the herbaceous, eucalyptus, blackcurrant, fynbos mountain aroma of buchu. A buchu sprig, left in the bottle to ensure ongoing extractions, adds a uniquely sexy appeal.

 

Kaapse Buchu Limoncello’s wonderfully unique herbaceous aroma means it can also be used as a marinade for all poultry and selected game dishes.

 

This limoncello is a 100% natural South African product, with no preservatives and no artificial additives or colourants, and it’s definitely going to get the attention of local liqueur lovers!

 

There has been a lot of talk about buchu in foodie circles and in the news recently, and it’s also appearing more and more on top South African restaurants’ menus. Let’s not forget that while buchu’s popularity is decidedly contemporary, it has been part of indigenous culture and heritage in South Africa for centuries.

 

A buchu digestive, a buchu aperitif and with delicious lemon flavouring, all this in one delicious drink! Now where in the world are you going to find this Buchu Limoncello Liqueur?

Kaapse Buchu Gin is a 2016 Silver Medalist winner at the International Michelangelo Wine and Spirits Awards