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Goodness Grappa, Great Balls Of Fire!!
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: It's a traditional Italian shot
Disadvantages: It tastes awful!
While living in Italy, I had to try a few 'cultural things'and as I don't like coffee or smoke, I had to look in other directions. The shots in Italy are few and far between, and they don't have a binge drinking culture like ours choosing instead to drink little and often. I was warned off the drink Grappa but I wanted to give it a try.
About the drink
Grappa is a grape based brandy and just like wine, the drink can differ according to the type of grapes which have been used. After the grapes have been pressed in order to make wine, the skin and pulp are then distilled to make Grappa. It originally was created so that the grapes weren't wasted.
Legend talks of a Roman soldier creating the first drink of Grappa in the beautiful town of Bassano Del Grappo which I visited to watch the Christmas lights come on. It is a digestif which means it is meant to be drank as a shot after eating to settle the stomach after a heavy meal. It is not for the faint hearted though and it can have an extremely high alcohol content ranging from between 40% and 60%.
Price and Appearance
There are so many different types of this drink but the drink itself usually appears as a clear liquid unless something else is added to it. It is quite an expensive drink and the bottle I bought at the airport was really small and cost me around 10 Euros. It came in a clear bottle with I love Italy written on the front... And I used this to trick my friends into trying the drink.
The taste of this drink is horrendous. It has a nasty taste to it that lingers for ages and almost goes dry in your mouth. My Italian friends would make fun of my face if ever I drank it and so I wanted to see what my Welsh friends thought of it. I poured them each a shot telling them about the delicious Italian drink I had discovered.
After three, everyone downed their shots, most spat it back out and the others starting screaming in disgust. I rolled around the floor laughing and was glad that I was the only one who found this drink repulsive. It tastes so strongly of alcohol and nothing else really. It has a fiery and burning taste which you can feel all the way down your throat. It makes you feel tipsy straight away but it also makes you feel sick straight away and it doesn't sit well in my stomach at all.
How to drink it
Grappa is supposed to be drank at room temperature so it should never be chilled. I stored mine in the cupboard as opposed to the fridge. It is to be drank in shot form and not too much of it should be consumed due to the high alcohol content. I've never heard of anyone drinking the liquid with a mixer and don't know why you would want to!
All in all, this is a nasty tasting burning drink which I don't get but that the Italians love. It should be consumed in shot form in small quantities. It is a bit of a novelty drink which everyone should try once but not many will go back for seconds!
Summary: A strong traditional Italian trip intended to be consumed after eating
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