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Friday, February 12, 2010

Day 43 Drink: AGWA de Bolivia Coca Herbal Liqueur

I've got to hand it to the folks at Babco International in Holland. In today's crowded spirits market it takes something truly different to stand out from the pack. How about making a spirit from the same raw material used to produce cocaine? That should get a little media coverage and consumer attention.

AGWA de Bolivia is made using wild Bolivian coca leaves picked in the Andes and shipped under armed guard in 2,000 kilo bales to Amsterdam. There they are macerated and de-cocainized. The maker suggests using AGWA in a variety of cocktails or you could just mix it with a little soda water.

The 60-proof spirit is a lime green color. The aroma is on the sweet side and is a mix of 36 ingredients, including green tea, ginseng and guarana. The flavor leans toward the tea with a touch of spicy heat in the finish that is hard to nail down.

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