Rejoice gin fans, for North Korea has created a hangover-free alcohol.
Announced in the Pyongyang times with the headline, "Liquor wins quality medal for preserving national smack," apparently everyone's favourite comedically insane horrific dictatorship has discovered the secret to booze without the hangover.
North Korea's new wonder drink is named Koryo Liquor and was developed as part of a concerted effort to improve the (already impeccably high) quality of food stuffs in the country.
Of course, the actual formula for this magical tipple is shrouded in secrecy, but journalist Jong Hwa Sun did graciously let us know about a few key ingredients. First up is insam or ginseng from Kaesong Koryo "ranked top among the best tonics peculiar to Korea." Ginseng of course is bitter, as well as sweet and savoury but "after years of research the Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory managed to eliminate the bitter taste of insam by using the boiled and scorched glutinous rice."
"The subtle blend of the savour of the scorched starch with the sweetness of glucose cannot be produced with any spices. The scorched glutinous rice contains essential amino acids, inorganic substances and vitamins and helps quicken lipolysis." And apparently makes the drink less bitter, we're not entirely sure.
Koryo Liquor has already been registered as a national scientific and technological hit, ranked top at the fifth national liquor exhibition, came first in the food sector of the 30th national scientific and technological festival and was awarded the December 15th Medal of Quality. These are all awards given by North Korea, and only North korean products can compete, but still, that's a fairly impressive shelf of awards.
Unfortunately its unlikely that we'll be able to source any Koryo Liquor at GinFestival.com, partly because it's only available in North Korea and partly becasue it isn't gin. A shame really because accrding to Jong, "Koryo Liquor... known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover."
If you are determined (and I am - Jym) then you can actually book a holiday to North Korea to try some for yourself.
Alternatively, maybe stay at home and just drink some water before you go to bed?
If you do go to North Korea though Jym would like you to bring him back a bottle.
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