Is Goa's staple drink vile, noxious and not for the faint hearted? Wrong, says the author of a book on the potent drink
Feni is to Goa what tequila is to Mexico and absinthe is to Switzerland, carrying much the same perception of being a potent, strong, vile, noxious intoxicant, not for the faint-hearted. But here’s the truth: Good feni, the non-mass-produced, non-industrial kind, is almost sweetly smooth, aromatic and gentle on the palate. Feni also suffers a perception issue as a cheap local tipple, a far cry from the drink Goans were proud to consume in the years before and immediately after liberation in 1961.