Communist North Korea Claims to Have Invented Alcohol Without the Hangover

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North Korean scientists claims to have invented an alcoholic beverage that does not leave you with a hangover.

Koryo Liquor is a spirit distilled from rice wine and fermented ginseng root, and despite an ABV of 43 per cent, is supposedly hangover free.

North Korean media claims the ‘brandy’ is a result of several years work by state food scientists, adding that Koryo Liquor is ‘highly appreciated by experts and lovers’


Kim Jong-Un’s state scientist’ have reportedly been able to distil the miracle spirit by using rice rather than sugar during the fermentation process.

‘Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam [ginseng], known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice,’ the Pyongyang Times reported.

The 86-proof spirit is ‘highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover,’ according to the paper, referring to the beverage as ‘the elixir of life’.

However, unfortunately for Kim Jong-Un, the claims of a ‘hangover free booze’ has been widely ridiculed by experts.

‘Overconsumption of any form of alcoholic beverage will cause a hangover,’ drinks historian and Sipsmith’s master distiller Jared Brown tells MailOnline.

‘Studies have shown this can vary somewhat based on the congener (impurity) levels, but too many the night before will inevitably lead to pain on the morning after. ‘

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Kaesong Koryo Insam[ginseng] Liquor has been produced in North Korea for several years, and it would not be the first time it is connected to outlandish claims.

The makers of the spirit – the state-run Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory – claim Koryo Liquor ‘is good for health as it helps promote appetite, relieve fatigue speedily and give vigour.’

The spirit’s label goes on to add that Koryo Liquor ‘won the world-wide recognition as a superior quality liquor at international commodity fairs held in Leipzig, Germany, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and other countries as well as liquor competitive exhibitions.’

Despite the spirit not being available on any international markets, the state distillery claims Koryo Liquor ‘has raked high among the world famous liquor and enjoys a good reputation with discerning drinkers.’

This article originally appeared on Daily Mail.


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