Tarkhun (Georgian: ტარხუნა) is a Georgian carbonated soft drink that is flavoured with tarragon and traditionally dyed green. It was invented in 1887 by a Georgian pharmacist Mitrofan Lagidze, who started adding carbonated water to his tarragon syrup mixes. It went into mass production in the Soviet Union in 1981 and gained exceptional popularity. The drink's name comes from a popular name for tarragon in Georgian and Persian, as well as numerous other languages like Arabic, Turkish, and several languages spoken in the Caucasus and Balkans.
In a trademark dispute between OÜ Acerra and AS Tallinna Karastusjoogid, the Estonian Ministry of Economy and Communications determined that the word Tarhun is a descriptive term for the drink and is thus not trademarkable under laws of the Republic of Estonia.
- The Georgian Feast by Darra Goldstein p.43, University of California Press, 1999
- Lagidze Waters
- Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeeriumi Tööstusomandi Apellatsioonikomisjon 28 April 2006: ruling 808-o
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