Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Don't be fooled by the bottle; it was borrowed, emptied and filled with local moonshine or agi', made during the Japanese occupation.

I visited a lady the other day and got to talking about the war.  She told me how her father made agi' on the ranch during the war.  Almost everybody during the war lived on their ranches, in order to grow food and eat.  Her father had to hide it from the Japanese.

As the note on the bottle says, "Flammable Chamorro Whiskey."  Perhaps for this reason, the man's son-in-law, who inherited the bottle, melted candles and sealed the bottle with wax.  Take a look in the next pic :

But the lady I visited told me it was sealed because, otherwise, the liquor would evaporate.  High alcohol content.  Strong stuff.

Agi' demanded a decent price during the war.  People made good money making it secretly on the ranch and selling it quietly to locals and Japanese alike.  Someone in my family did just the thing during the war.

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