Of all the booze I brought back from Romania (including this tasty little goer), the strangest is Romania’s national drink, Tuica.

Brewed from the latest technology tuica stings your throat like grappa’s crazy cousin. Basically, it’s 50% proof plum brandy, distilled twice and marketed with blunt Dracula associations (Jonathan Harker enjoyed a snifter on the hunt for The Count). The aftertaste lasts a fortnight.