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Saturday, November 19, 2011


So here’s the deal: Coca leaves (yes those leaves used to produce cocaine) are grown in Bolivia, then, according to the makers of Agwa de Bolivia liqueur, they are taken by armed guard to Amsterdam where the leaves are “de-cocainized,” distilled and blended with 36 herbs and botanicals. Now that’s a hell of a story! Anyhoo…aside from the radiator-cooler color of this booze you next have the very medicinal nose: cough syrup meets a dash of mint. There’s a nice viscosity to this, but the medicinal smell becomes a medicinal taste with a burn on the sides on the tongue and a pungent aftertaste. It will stay with you in ways you don’t want. If you’re a fan of heavily herbed liquors which have more in common with doctored nasal spray, then knock yourself out. I’ve had other types of herbed liquors as I’ve traveled the world and whereas they are an acquired taste, the flavors of Agwa de Bolivia tell my palette to acquire a better liquor from someplace else. What exactly is this supposed to be? A novelty? A mixer? A legal way to get cocaine? Well, I’m not sure. It seems like a lot of work has gone into producing this, however it results in an outcome that, well, blows.  (
$25/750 ML – 30% Alc.

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