It sucks to not be able to savor your favorite peaty scotch because of the piercing headache it stabs you with. Or, it could be fatigue, aching in your muscles and joints, foggy-headedness, or abdominal pain. All of these symptoms and more can be due to distilled spirit intolerance – you’re not breaking down the naturally occurring chemical compounds that are in spirits because of distillation.
Vinami was originally designed for wine lovers. And, it works amazingly well for people who have trouble enjoying their wine because of the suffering their favorites can cause them.
But, wine and all distilled spirits have basically the same chemical triggers that can cause trouble. There’s no difference in type – only difference in proportion.
Congeners, the naturally occurring chemical residues from fermentation tend to be stronger in distilled spirits when compared to wine. Fusel oils, a congener, add richness and dimension to the taste and aroma of spirits that we treasure.
As a rule, as spirits become stronger, richer, and more complex in flavor – gin at one end and a very peaty scotch at the other – they become more concentrated in these potentially troubling compounds.