Trade wars: when booze gets banned

Secret Drinkers

Another antagonistic little country currently labouring under numerous trade bans is North Korea.

Among the products under embargo to the state are luxury goods such as wine, beer and spirits, with the EU expanding its sanctions last year to include beer and saké.

You might be forgiven for not knowing this, however, given the Kim family’s well-documented taste for expensive drinks – King Jong-il being a devoted quaffer of Cognac and his despotic son, Kim Jong-un, is equally keen on Champagne and Bordeaux.

The demand for these alcoholic drinks among the ruling clique is such that a lively and no doubt lucrative black market to the country has sprung up – as one might expect.

Just this week a leaked UN reported pointed the finger at two Singaporean companies that have flouted the embargo and sold wine and spirits to North Korea.

One can only hope that Jong-un eventually comes to the realisation that giving up his nuclear ambitions will lead to hassle-free access to his favourite tipples.

One Response to “Trade wars: when booze gets banned”

  1. Bourbon saw a growth spurt in the Revolutionary War at the cost of rum.
    Cause: The British blockaded the routes to and fro the Caribbean, so molasses
    and rum could not get to Boston etc.
    Before the war, rum was the favorite tipple of the Americans when it came to liquor.

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