In a place as emblematic of Ibiza as the Estanco de Sant Joan the Herbes Can Vidal are born, made by the family itself.
Vicente Torres Guasch took over the premises in 1847 and left it as an inheritance to his son Juan Torres Roig in 1881. The tobacconist soon became one of the busiest places in the municipality. In 1928 Torres ceded the business to his nephew Vicente Torres Torres, at which point he and his wife began serving rich menus in the adjoining tavern. Workers and residents made a stop on the way to pass by the place and try, among other dishes, its famous rabbit with tomato frit.
It was then that the family started making the herbs and it is that recipe by Vicente Torres Torres that lasts to this day. They themselves possess a orchard with some of the plants they use in their production, entirely handmade, and collect the rest in the field. They are stored, cleaned and prepared to fill the precious bottles in which they are sold.
La recipe is classic of the Ibizan herbs. Rosemary, juniper, fennel, lemon verbena, frígola ... and a Personal Touch that makes everyone who tastes them be amazed with their taste.
That unexpected success made Vicente Torres Roig, son of the previous owner, decide to market the herbs in some known bars. Little by little they became more famous and today is Vicente Torres Colomar, son of Vicente Torres Roig, who is in charge of continuing with the history of this Ibiza liquor.
The latter has also achieved adapt the most characteristic flavor of Ibiza to the new times creating Ibizan herbs with white spring truffle. A project that arises from the friendship between Vicente and Francesco, from the union between Ibiza and Italy. A curious anecdote crossed their lives one stormy night in San Juan. The Italian was left without power at home and knocked on the door of the Ibiza to ask for help. He needed a fridge so that his truffles wouldn't spoil and Vicente found the solution.
Since then, both began to weigh the idea of mixing two products as exclusive as the herbs from Ibiza and the truffle from Umbria. After analyzing its possible combinations in an Italian laboratory, they discovered that it is a mixture that fits perfectly and, therefore, the novel drink saw the light. Today, Can Vidal is its only producer and fans of this liquor are delighted with the new version.
La sale Herbes Can Vidal has spread throughout different points of the island since, in addition to a great way to finish the table, they have become a magnificent souvenir that you can find in different formats. From the 70 centiliters, 1 liter, liter and a half or three liters, to a much smaller one, 100 milliliters, perfect for gifting. What's more, their image has become so popular that they even market T-shirts with the grandmother's logo!
This 2020, with the aim of caring for the environment, they encourage their customers to reuse their own bottles.You can go to the tobacconist with your container and they will take care of preparing it for you. They will give you a special price and, in addition, they will invite you to a shot!
If something is synonymous Herbes Can Vidal is of tradition and history. A beautiful custom rooted in Ibiza that the family has been able to transmit from generation to generation and from table to table.
You can come to try “ses herbes” throughout the year from 9 am to 14 pm and from 17 pm to 20 pm. On Saturdays from 9 am to 14 pm.
Where to find them
Some of the points where you can purchase Herbes Can Vidal are the following:
-San Juan: Good views; Shamarkand; el Gare Du Nord restaurant; en The Boathouse, on On the Beach and on It's Café Casa Pepe, in Cala San Vicente; in the San Juan tobacconist; the Super Tirurit; the San Juan gas station; the Can Curuné store; The others; Bar San Juan; The Giri Café; Casa Lhasa in San Lorenzo, and in Los Enamorados, in Portinatx.
-Santa Eulalia: en Ribas Winery; at restaurant Cala Martina; at Sa Magrana supermarket; en Number 74 l'Atelier, in Santa Gertrudis; at Olivia's Ibiza Kitchen; at the El Cruce store in Santa Eulalia; Six Schools; in Enotecum and in Sa Barda, in cana Negreta. In Cala Llonga you can find them in the restaurant Stone House, en Can nuts and in Can Regina. You can also try them in the restaurant Nagai Ibiza.
-Ibiza: in Can Gourmet and in La casita ibicenca, in the port of Ibiza; Can Moreta; in Sa Calma and in the tobacconist behind the Santa Cruz Church and at number 8 in front of the maritime station.
-San Antonio: in the Marta Subirà tobacconist, in front of the port and in the San Rafael tobacconist.