In the latest boast from North Korea, the country claims to have made “suave” liquor that won’t leave you with the sweats and greasy food cravings the following day, according to local media.
According to state-run newspaper Pyongyang Times, the ginseng-based alcohol is apparently using scorched, glutinous rice, instead of sugar, thus leaving one hangover-free the next day.
“Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam (ginseng), 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,” the newspaper reported.
According to the article, “the liquor has already been registered as a national scientific and technological hit,” and “came first in the food sector at the national scientific and technological festival.”
The alcohol content of the liquor is apparently 30 and 40 per cent.
Speaking with NK News, Andray Abrahamian, director of Choson Exchange, a company the helps support and train young North Korean entrepreneurs, doubts the “hangover-free claim.”
“I haven’t tried that brand I think, though I have had some other Insam liquors,” Abrahamian told NK News. “They’re OK – I associate ginseng with its medicinal properties, though, so am not that keen on it as a tasty treat.”
“There are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover-free booze anywhere in the world,” Abrahamian said.
It wouldn’t be the first time the country has made spurious claims; they have previously said they’re scientists created cures for AIDS, MERS, and SARS. The country also boasted that former leader Kim Jong-Il shot a record 38-under par, 34, in a round of golf at the Pyongyang Golf Course.