Baltic Activities

Riga Black Balsam Tasting

Riga Black Balsam is a Latvian Traditional drink made of 24 different plants, flowers, buds, juices, roots, oils and berries prepared in oak barrels by pharmacist Abraham Kunze in the middle of 18th century. It is sold in ceramic hand-made bottles. Black Balsam is also used in traditional medicine. It is considered to be a good cold remedy and is used to treat digestive problems. According to legend, Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, became ill during a visit to Latvia, but was cured after drinking Riga Black Balsam.
Visitors learn about the origins of Riga Black Balsam (originally called Kunce`s balsam), its known ingredients, the origin of the herbs, their collection and effect on the human body.

Over time, experts from many countries have highly regarded the quality of Riga Black Balsam, and have given it more than 30 awards at international fairs.
There are possibilities to organise different tastings like beer, chocolate, different traditional food etc.

 Number of people

 Price (Euro)/per person

2 people

30 €

3 - 4 people

25 €

5 - 6 people

20 €

7 - 8 people

20 €

Duration: 1 hours
Meeting point: Riga Old Town or pick up and drop off from/to hotel in Riga Old Town
Price includes: tasting and attractive informative stories
Languages: English, Russian