Sounds, er, interesting. What is it?
It is interesting. It’s naturally fermenting juice tapped from chopped-down palm trees.
Sounds, er, interesting and a bit yucky.
Cynic. Actually, it’s pretty tasty. Republic has even called it ‘Ghanaian champagne’ which – well, even we’d admit that’s pushing it a little. It tastes a bit like white grapes, earthy with a sweetness that makes it pretty drinkable.
Hmm. How strong is it?
Just read the bottle.
Given that it usually comes in ‘repurposed’ plastic water bottles, I don’t think EU-standard labelling has reached rural Ghana. We were last served it in Republic, in a pint glass with two straws, and we’d suggest it was ‘strong’. Very strong.
I’m even less convinced now. Sounds like moonshine.
It is. Maybe try it in a cocktail, again in Republic. And it spawned its own music.
Palm wine music was one of the key influences in Ghanaian highlife. Chilled farmers playing music.