NORTH KOREA TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST HOME MADE WHISKY
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
North Korea is to launch its first home made whisky later this year, the spirit will be available in Pyongyang department stores at a retail price of USD15.
According to an Instagram post of the China-based Young Pioneer Tours, the spirit is produced by a distillery in Samilpo which is a popular tourist destination in southeastern part of the country known for its lake sceneries.
Young Pioneer Tours is a travel agency started by expats in China which organises adventure tours to unusual destinations like North Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The travel agency posted photo of the Samilpo whisky on their Instagram page and claimed that they have sampled bottles of the whisky, but no tasting notes are available.
The labels looked similar to the black and red labels of the Scotch brand Johnnie Walker. However, it is not known how the whisky is made, there are no details about the water, ingredients, distillation and ageing methods used in making the whisky.
It is only known that the brand will be available in three different labels. These are the black label at 40% ABV, the red label at 42% ABV and a 45% ABV version which has not yet been bottled.
Young Pioneer Tours quoted a manager of the distillery as saying that there are 15 types of amino acids present in the whisky. He was also said to have claimed that the spirit would not cause harm to the liver, it could even improve health.
He was also said to be planning to export the whisky when international sanction on North Korea is lifted.
(the writer can be contacted at: SLawMathews@thewinechronicle.com)
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