Photographer's Note

Whilst Red wine, whiskey, Campari etc..are very much in fashion Raki is Albania's most drunk alcohol. Best raki is undisputably made in the Skrapari region and in my opinion it is not just the best in Albania but the best in the World! Raki making in Skrapari is a work of art and the Raki Masters are well known even though just about every male can and most do make raki at home. Good raki is cristal clear and when you swallow it first it burns your throat, your eyes pop out then you feel very warm! There is a World War II joke where I come from about a Nazi solider taking his large coat off after a sip of brandy on one side of the front line and an Albanian partisan who after sipping raki decided to take all his clothes off!!

A word of caution to those who are first timers, keep a bottle of water next to your bed as you will be needing it at about 4-5am!

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