On foreign

So, I\’m in the post office, long queue, start reading the \”Argos style\” catalogue they\’ve got. Buy books, coffee makers, slipper and bathrobe sets, that sort of thing.

Come across a \”home distillation kit\”. And yes, it\’s for making booze, not essential oils of citrus or anything.

They do things a bit different when in foreign, don\’t they?

For I think it\’s still illegal in the UK to even own a still, let alone get one delivered to you mail order from the very Post Office itself….

Still, it is true that there are a number of local wines here that would be greatly improved by being passed through such a still.

6 thoughts on “On foreign”

  1. Passed through a still? Not sure they will improve much if they already taste as though they’ve been passed through a horse?

  2. Tim – *owning the equipment for a still* is legal in England (on the grounds that it isn’t illegal, and common law). Operating a still is illegal, and it’s possible that having an intact still that’s obviously been used could get you convicted as such even if you aren’t caught red-handed and don’t have copious quantities of hooch about your person.

    In the same way that it’s legal to sell bongs but not to market them as cannabis smoking devices, it’s legal to sell the equipment for a still, but not to incite people to use it as such.

    The laws in the US on paraphernalia are harsher, which put Tommy Chong in jail a while back.

  3. All artificial enhancement of alcoholic content is illegal in the UK apart from fermenting, including the old trick of separating out the water content by putting it in the freezer. I bet the bansturbators would love to outlaw home brewing (on spurious health grounds, natch, but really to capture the duty.) The HMRC is a jealous God, and thou shalt have none before it.

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