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GI in news: Goa Cashew Feni

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Prelims level : Cashew Feni, other GI tags in news

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The Goa government’s Feni Policy 2021 has paved the way to take the state’s ‘heritage drink’ forward.

Sounds strange but an alcoholic beverage has been GI tagged!

Goa Cashew Feni

  • Feni is a spirit produced in Goa, India.
  • The two most popular types of feni are cashew feni and toddy palm feni, depending on the original ingredient; however, many other varieties are sold.
  • Feni distilleries are usually family-run affairs, and the history of the drink goes back to at least 1585.
  • The feni consumed in South Goa is generally of higher alcohol content (43-45% abv) as compared to the feni produced in North Goa.
  • Commercially packaged feni is available at 42.8% abv.
  • Cashew feni was awarded Geographical Indication registration in 2009 as a speciality alcoholic beverage from Goa.
  • It has been described as a colourless, clear liquid that when matured in wooden barrels develops golden brown tint.

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