Oghi (beverage)

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Oghi (sometimes oghee, Armenian: օղի òġi) is an Armenian spirit distilled from fruits or berries. Oghi, a clear fruit vodka, is also referred to as aragh, which is the generic Armenian word for vodka of all kinds.[1] It is widely produced as moonshine from home-grown garden fruits all across Armenia, where it is served as a popular welcome drink to guests and is routinely drunk during meals.[2] Arguably, Armenian oghi is not "vodka" at all (see Vodka war) and merely became thought of as such during the Soviet regime in Armenia.

Mulberry oghi is commercially produced and exported under the brand name Artsakh by the Artsakh-Alco Brandy Company in Askeran District in Nagorno-Karabakh.[3][4]

Varieties[edit]

  • Tuti oghi – mulberry oghi (commercial brand name Artsakh, from Nagorno-Karabakh)
  • Honi oghi – from hon, a small red berry (cornelian cherry)
  • Dzirani oghi – from apricots
  • Tandzi oghi – from pears
  • Khaghoghi oghi – from grapes
  • Salori oghi – from plums
  • Moshi oghi – from blackberry
  • Tzi oghi – from figs
  • Khundzori oghi – from apples

Oghi in the Armenian Diaspora[edit]

In the Armenian Diaspora, oghi refers to the aniseed-flavored distilled alcoholic drink called arak in the Middle East, raki in Turkey, or ouzo in Greece.[5][6] In Armenia, however, aniseed-flavored spirit is virtually unknown.[citation needed]. In the Prohibition-Era United States, Armenians produced bootleg Oghi from raisins and flavored it with anise. In the old country (pre 1915 Eastern Turkey), the oghi was often made from grape pomace, or from mulberries, and was sometimes flavored with anise, mastic, or even cardamom or orange peel, as well as other herbs or spices. In the region of Kharpert as well as nearby Chnkoosh, oghi was usually made from mulberries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aragh, Armenian moonshine
  2. ^ Oghi, an Armenian fruit vodka
  3. ^ Artsakh mulberry vodka
  4. ^ Artsakh-Alco Brandy Company
  5. ^ Western Armenian Dictionary and Phrasebook, by Nicholas Awde and Vazken-Khatchig Davidian, Hippocrene Books, 2006, p. 131; ISBN 0-7818-1048-5, ISBN 978-0-7818-1048-7
  6. ^ The Heritage of Armenian Literature, Vol. III, p. 815, by Agop Jack Hacikyan, Gabriel Basmajian, Edward S. Franchuk, Nourhan Ouzounian, Wayne State University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8143-3221-8