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The palinka... when one tasted with this beverage one wants to know some more! And this curiosity which leads us to visit a small family distilling near to Sighetu. We enter a well enclosed and covered court of an immense arbour of vine. A grape wall odor floats in the air and mixes with the relents plums pourrissantes and alcohol vapors. The mistress of the places comes to accomodate us and invites us to penetrate in the workshop where the men affairent themselves around the stills. In fact of workshop, it is rather a very summary hangar. Between blackened beams of fume, one distinguishes a ceiling made from old disjoined boards. A weak bulb exempts a little light but one does not see large-thing among the thick vapors which are released from the pots. The ground is covered with a kind of dregs, waste of the distillation, which was thrown there... it is necessary to take guard not to be slipped above. But the hens find their happiness there. Via our guide, we try to have some explanations on the course of operation. One of the men arrives with a test-tube filled with gnole and his measuring apparatus proudly... "It shows us exceeded the 55 alcohol", comments on Vassile. And we must taste clashing it beverage. Ahrrr... that tears off! But it has savour the palinca! We learn that this one is distilled twice and that one needs 100 kg of fruits to obtain 10 liters. We get information about the price which is much less low than on our premises. We will bring back six liters... in remembering from there!

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