Sunday, September 25, 2011

Unique Wines From Unique Sources

Wine is part of each and almost every culture in the world. Here are some of the most unique wine made from unusual source.

Pulque – Maguey Plant: Mexico

Pulque or Octli is a unique alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. This traditional native wine of Mexico is somewhat milk-colored. It is now very rare and there are some efforts to revive the drink’s popularity through tourism.

Mbege – Bananas & Finger Millet: Tanzania

Mbege is a traditional brew from Tanzania from the Chagga tribe. This unique alcoholic beverage is from fermented figer millet and bananas. Preparation is done by cooking the banana and then left outdoors but covered for several days. The fermented result is strained through shredded grass then added to a thick porridge made from the flour of finger millet. A small amount of quinine-bark flour is then added to the mixture, which is left to sit out for another day.

Tongba – Millet: Nepal

Tongba is a unique alcoholic beverage made from millet. It is a traditional wine of the Limbu people found in the far eastern mountainous region of Nepal. It is also a traditional drink in Darjeerling and Sikkim districts of India.

Medovukha – Honey: Russia

Medovukha is a unique Russian alcoholic beverage made of honey. This drink is similar to Mead. Its popularity declined since the 20th century.

Palm Wine – Palm Tree: Philippines

Palm Wine is a sweet tasting alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree and is popular in the Philippines and other parts of Asia and Africa. It is locally known in the Philippines as “Tuba”. It is also called Palm Toddy or simply Toddy.

Nigori – Rice: Japan

Nigori or Nigorizake is a variety of sake, an alcoholic beverage produced from rice. It is the sweetest tasting of all sakes. A dark version is brewed in Akita Prefecture. The color is due to the addition of edible finely powdered charcoal.

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