November 21, 2012
THIS ARTICLE IS UNFAIR TO UGANDAN WARAGI, which, if you get the good stuff, is like a slightly-softer gin. Quite tasty. I’ve been drinking it for 20 years, and my vision is fine. Now the Nigerian “Napoleon” Brandy is another story — I opened a bottle of that at a party and even my “I’ll drink anything” friends took a sniff and said, “I’m not drinking that, smells like carburetor cleaner.” Speaking of your third-world liquors, Cretan “racchi,” which is a moonshine distilled from fermented grape pulp, can be quite good, or hideously bad, like most moonshines. The good stuff is buttery smooth. The bad stuff is . . . kinda like carburetor cleaner, though I wouldn’t use it on a carburetor I really cared about.