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Brennivín is an Icelandic schnapps, considered the country's signature alcoholic beverage. It is made from fermented potato pulp, and flavoured with cumin, caraway seeds or angelica. It is often referred to colloquially as “black death”, though the word brennivín literally translates into English as 'burning wine'. Despite its unofficial status as national beverage, many Icelanders do not actually drink it, and a majority of the ones who do, drink it only do so when feeling patriotic or when trying to impress foreign visitors. Schnapps is a type of distilled beverage. ... Alcoholic beverages are drinks containing ethanol. ... Binomial name Solanum tuberosum L. The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a perennial plant of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family, grown for its starchy tuber. ... Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is a plant and a spice with a distinctive aroma, popular in Mexican, North African, and Indian cuisine. ... Caraway seeds Caraway or Persian cumin (Carum carvi) is a plant that belongs to the Apiaceae, or parsley, family. ... Species See text Angelica is a genus of the Umbilliferous family Apiaceae, with about 50 species of tall perennial herbs 1-2 m tall with large bipinnate leaves and large compound umbels of white or greenish-white flowers. ... A national dish is a dish, food or a drink that represents a nation. ...


This general distaste for the drink can be attributed partly to its strong taste and high alcohol content (the weakest brands generally fall around 60% ABV) and partly due to its reputation. Despite the fact that Iceland presses huge taxes on most alcoholic beverages, brennivín is actually one of the cheapest liqours available in the national alcohol store, Vínbúð, and is thus often associated with alcoholics. Alcohol by volume (ABV) is an indication of how much alcohol (expressed as a percentage) is included in an alcoholic beverage. ... Vínbúð is a chain of 46 stores run by the Icelandic alcohol & tobacco monopoly ÁTVR, locally called “rikið”. It is the only place in the country where one can buy alcohol. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


For the Icelandic rock band named after the drink see Brennivín (band) Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


 
 

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