diumenge, 23 de desembre de 2007

Rakı: els turcs també beuen nuvolet / Turkish people drinking nuvolet

(English version below)

Després d’un parell de dies a Turquia tothom havia fet que em creara grans expectatives sobre la beguda nacional turca, anomenada
rakı. Se suposava que era tan forta que després de prendre’n una copa deixaves d’estar sobri. Després de tastar-la, no puc negar que és una beguda bastant alcohòlica. Ara, el que no esperava de cap de les maneres és descobrir que aquesta beguda turca és pràcticament idèntica a una popular beguda valenciana, que molts potser coneixeu: palometa o nuvolet, ja sabeu, cinc parts d'aigua i una d'anís sec. Diuen que la versió turca és més seca. Per assegurar-me, em vaig endur una botella cap a casa. ____________________________________________________________

After a couple of days in Turkey everybody had aroused great expectations in me about the Turkish national drink called rakı. It was supposed to be so strong that after having one drink, you could not stand sober. After tasting it, I cannot deny that it is quite an alcoholic drink, but what I didn’t expect at all was to find out that rakı is almost exactly identical to a popular Valencian drink! In Valencia we call palometa or nuvolet (meaning ‘little cloud’, because of its white colour). Who would expect to see Turkish people drinking this! It is said that this anisette is drier than the Valencian one. Just to be sure, I brought a bottle home.