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Taiwan liquor wins top prize at global competition

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A Taiwanese liquor made of lychees and honey was awarded a gold medal at the just-concluded Concours Mondial de Bruxelles — Spirits Selection 2014 held in Florianopolis, Brazil.

It was the second major achievement for Taiwanese alcoholic beverages this year, after a golden muscat fortified dessert wine developed in Taiwan won a gold medal at the Vinalies Internationales wine competition held in Paris in March.

Both winning products were developed by Chen Chien-hao, an assistant professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

Commenting on the latest result, Chen said the success of the lychee and honey liquor was another big step forward for Taiwan in the global alcoholic beverage market.

He said using honey as an ingredient for liquor is challenging because the moisture in honey can vary by year and the natural phenols contained in honey may destabilize the fermentation.

After many failures, the liquor was successfully created by using a special organic yeast from Europe, he said.

The technology was transferred to the Wu Feng District Farmers' Association in 2013 for mass production.

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles — Spirits Selection has been held for 14 years. A total of 600 spirits from 40 countries around the world were submitted for assessment by a panel of nearly 40 international and professional tasters during this year's competition from June 6 to 8.

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