The UK doesn’t have Liquor stores like the US. Liquor stores are a novel US cultural experience for me. In Britain you buy alcohol including liquor in many (licenced) corner shops and supermarkets. There are shops called “off licences’ that specialise in selling Alcohol. Off-licences normally stock wine and beer as well as liquor.
While exploring a State run liquor store in Charlotte I stumbled across ‘EverClear‘ amongst the bourbons. Bourbon is ‘America’s native spirit’. Evidently you can’t purchase Everclear in Washington State. I purchased this bottle out of curiosity. It is 95% alcohol, 190 proof. That exploded a few brain cells and I hadn’t even taken the cap off the bottle.
It looks like Meths. It’s packaged like meths. Meths is a strong spirit that can be drunk but is meant for other purposes. In the UK you occassionally see bedraggled people on the streets drinking it. I associated it with alcoholism and homelessness.
Wendy: what do you do with this stuff? Drink it or use it for cleaning things?
companion #1: Drink it. Carefully
Wendy: have you ever had any?
companion #2: No
companion #1: Yes. Once. At college. Students drink it.
Other than take the lid of and sniff it I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my bottle. Suggestions welcomed