“ Type: Brandy „
Growing up in the Monchique foothills, I think I am worthy enough to write a review on medronho. Adegas (breweries) dotted the countryside near by and during the brewing season (February) there would be get togethers amongst country folk.
Medronho is a strong spirit made from distilled berries from the strawberry tree, the fruit itself is a bit bitter but generally doesn't taste of much. When turned into alcohol though, it produces a fiery spirit. The drink often known as "Aguardente do Medronho" is the cause of many a zig zagging old man on a motorbike! Aguardente - meaning literally Teeth water.
Traditionally homebrewed it can reach up to 84% but the commercial versions which you will be able to buy in the shop are most likely between 40% and 50%, in some of the smaller bars in the Monchique and Silves region, you will see it being poured from a plastic bottle, this is the real stuff not the weakened commercial stuff!
This is an awesome drink from Portugal, if you enjoy a power ful spirit then fill your boots! It is best chilled and then drunk straight.If your a a vodka lover then this will make most vodkas seem tame apart from the Polish variety. If you can find it or are on holiday in Portugal give it a go you wont be disappointed If anybody knows of a UK supplier then please email me @ alan firstname.lastname@example.org