Friday, April 19, 2013

Anyone for... baby mice wine?!

Believe your eyes!

This has been one exhausting week.  So much so that, among other things, I went to bed four hours usual on this past Wednesday night -- and still felt brain dead by the end of the work week earlier today.

Thanks to a lovely evening of classical music courtesy of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and guest soloist, French harpist Xavier de Maistre though, I'm feeling considerably reinvigorated a few hours on.  Still, on the way home, I stopped by my favorite herbal tea shop and drank a bowl of five flower tea to further relieve my fatigue.

Years of living in Hong Kong has turned me on to the curative powers of five flower tea and, also, 24 herbs tea.  I also enjoy drinking chrysanthemum tea and sugar cane juice on occasion -- and find them to be, at the very least, thirst quenching.

But I don't think the day will ever come when I'll agree to drink what I saw for sale at a village store while out hiking in the New Territories last Sunday: not just bee wine (complete with bees as well as bits of honeycomb in it) but also baby mice wine!  Incredibly, the mice wine is considered by some as a traditional health tonic. Even more incredibly, the bottles we saw for sale were selling for HK$250 each and, if the date on the bottle is to be believed, is of 2006 vintage.  

So... if you drank that, you'd have paid HK$250 for the privilege of drinking 7 year old wine that had lots of baby mice fermenting in it for 7 years!!! (And yes, compared to that, the bee wine does seem pretty tame....) :O


alejna said...

Um...blech! I never knew such a thing exisited. I agree that flower and herb teas sound much more appealing!

YTSL said...

Hi Alejna --

In all honesty, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the mice wine! And I first took mistook the honeycomb and bee wine for snake wine because the latter actually had seemed more likely to me!! ;b