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Here, More importantly,the central food and drug administration has scrubbed the drink clean of the “country liquor” tag and classified it as “heritage liquor” That makes it possible for feni now to be sold at neighbourhood liquor shops and marts across the country Till now you could only buy feni in Goa making it an exotic souvenir that did not travel well across the state borders It was allowed to be exported to Canada but not sold inside the country even in Maharashtra “I will be drafting letters to my counterparts across the country We are bottling our state’s culture and now we want others to taste it too They should and will be able to buy feni at liquor shops in their neighbourhood” says state excise commissioner Menino D Souza High and happy: This year has seen a rich harvest of cashew fruit (Source: Hansel Vaz) A clutch of Goa’s feni-makers has been waiting for just such an opportunity Distillers like Vaz have been tweaking the drink’s aroma taste and strength tamping down its strong notes and playing up its cultural wealth to make it a drink whose time has come “Every drink has managed to fashion an etiquette around it Feni somehow has been associated with Goan late-night gatherings friends gossiping at the village square or a family brought together by music and food” says Vaz who lives in Margao But for all its ubiquity feni never had any myths woven around it no stories that made it a product of cultural aspiration “You never spoke about feni You just drank it We want to change that Retain the habits but give it a status Every drink has evolved to encourage new ways of drinking” says Vaz His family is the maker of Brand Cazulo a premium double distilled feni — the first premium feni to be sold at Rs 500 a bottle Till Cazulo hit the market no one had priced feni so high You could get a bottle for less than Rs 100 Vaz will soon open an artisanal distillery in Margao to educate people in the rituals around feni — stomping the cashew fruit studying the temperature of the distilled liquid heating it in earthen pots Locals and tourists will be shown the Portuguese-era wide bellied bottles in which the liquor is traditionally stocked for at least a year The aim is to do to feni what the Europeans did to their wine he says The pricing and the packaging are helping sell the drink says Dilip Shetye owner ofCase Xetio Wines in Panjim “Earlier feni was cheaper than whiskey These refined fenis are now around Rs 500 to Rs 1000 So this year tourists have started paying attention to the drink” he says The fruit is crushed before the fermented liquid is distilled in copper vessels (Source: Hansel Vaz) The state government is also firmly behind this new push to feni a contrast from earlier “shlf1314 is uncomfortable about promoting alcohol Goa at least has now considered feni as one of its verticals In several meetings with the state government we were told ‘Daaru ko state drink mat banao Doodh pilao (Don’t make a liquor the state drink Serve milk)” says Mac Vaz another second generation feni-maker Far from the Goan courtyards and itsbalcaos the history and the romance of the drink goes back to the voyages the Portuguese took between their colonies Goa and Brazil In these long 16th century expeditions the first cashew apple crossed choppy oceans to reach Goa from Brazil The false fruit which holds the cashew nut is pulped to wine in South American and African countries but it’s the village folk of north Goa who are credited with going a step further triple distilling the ferment The fermented fruit is put through three stages of distilling in earthen or copper pots yielding three different drinks at each stage According to a study by the late professor Dwijen Rangnekar at Warwick University UK the first distillation produces a clear liquor called urrack with an alcohol content of less than 17 Grau (a traditional index to measure liquor strength) Unlike feni urrack is light and even considered a “poor man’s beer” The second distillation is done by mixing urrack with fresh fermented cashew apple juice which gives cazulo which has an alcohol level of 19 Grau It’s the third distillation — in which cazulo is again mixed with fermented juice — that yields feni with a minimum Grau of 42 This is a potent drink; if drank in excess locals admit it can “put a horse down” The distilled liquid is stored in glass bottles (Source: Hansel Vaz) Feni derives its name from the Konkani word for “froth” It was once had as a shot by the Goan working class You juggled the froth between two coconut shells mixing it well enough to get the desired kick In its new avatar feni has made a comeback at Goan weddings as a refined drink Gunpowder a popular restaurant in Assagaon was the first to stock feni cocktails Other bars have quickly followed suit Park Hyatt has a festival called Cashew Trail styled around the drink The unbreakable rule in making feni is that the cashew apple is always picked from the ground by cazkars traditional cashew pickers and never plucked A ripe cashew apple falls when “teased by the afternoon Arabian breeze” collecting yeast from the ground near its wound as it begins to ferment Feni however remains an acquired taste And many shrink from its joys because of the most basic of reasons: it smells “Can’t you distinguish between aroma and smell” asks D Souza Old faithfuls will tell you that the smell is a part of the feni experience “It’s pungent It hits your nose it’s supposed to But a good feni has a sweet fruity and pungent smell If it is off it will stink” adds D Souza Locals agree Cecil Pinto a florist by day and a feni enthusiast through the year says “the whole drama of feni is in its aroma” Feni is now a popular base for cocktails; 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