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