North Korean scientists claim that they have invented the world’s first hangover free alcohol.  The state-run news paper Pyongyang Times stated that the liquor is made from extracts of Kaesong Koryo insam (ginseng) and glutinous rice instead of sugar.

Kaesong, the capital of Koryo Kingdom, is geographically and naturally most suited for the cultivation of insam. That is why Kaesong Koryo insam is the best among Korean tonics.

The initial taste of the tonic is bitter, however, after the first taste it will become sweet.  To take out the bitterness, makers of Kaesong in the past used sugar to sweeten it.  However, this does not make the liquor hangover free.

It took Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory  a year to do research to find out that using  boiled and scorched glutinous rice could eliminate the bitterness of the liquor. In the process of boiling, by using high temperature, the nutritive stuff of the rice settle down in the bottom and the starch becomes glucose. The flavour produced by the combination cannot be possible with the help of spices. Moreover, it contains vitamins, inorganic substances and amino acid. It also quickens lipolysis.

However, experts have ridiculed the no hangover claim stating that no alcohol drink could claim such thing. Andray Abrahamian, director of research from Choson Exchange commented, “there are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover free booze anywhere in the world.”

Nevertheless, the liquor according to the Pyongyang Times is a great success in the country and has been registered as a “national scientific and technological hit”.  It ranked top at the fifth national liquor exhibition and also topped the food sector of the 30th national scientific and technological festival. It was also awarded the December 15 Medal of Quality. This is an award given to the best product in the country.