An Australian distiller has decided to take recycling to a whole new level.
An Australian distiller decided to take the concept of recycling to a whole new level by taking spit wine at a wine tasting conference and transforming it into a spirit called Kissing a Stranger.
Peter Bignell came up with this idea while he was in a wine tasting group. As per tradition, in tasting, most of it was spit into a bucket. This practice allows tasters to try many different wines while avoiding drunkenness. For Bignell, however, it was a waste.
Bignell, who normally makes rye whiskey at his Australian biodiesel-fueled distillery, has agreed with organizers to collect the wine after the conference, with the aim of distilling it. Bignell then brought 500 liters of collected wine to a distillery, using their equipment to process it.
Twelve months later Bignell had transformed the spit wine into an 80-degree spirit baptized "Kissing A Stranger", which would taste comparable to unaged brandy. There may be a concern that drinking the distillate is dangerous, but the heat in the distillation process actually kills most of the germs. And would you try it?