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    David’s Distillery: A taste of exotic booze in Bucks County

    by Tianna G. Hansen

    David’s Distillery is proud to bring the handcrafted, centuries-old tradition of fine brandy to Morrisville.

    The small family business first opened to the community on January 1st of this year.

    David Tskipurishvili and Meri Javakhishvili, both of Georgian descent and residents of Morrisville for the past 23 years, welcome you to their micro distillery at 32 Bridge Street.

    “We are here for the families of our community and for our own children, to bring a taste of our authentic culture to Morrisville,” says David, who takes great pride in his product.

    Lazika’s Chacha is the fine brandy you’ll find at David’s Distillery, distilled and bottled right on the premises.

    Enter their unique tasting lounge for a flavor you won’t forget. As you walk in, you’re greeted by the pot still where their brandy is made, undergoing a steam distillation process that creates a smooth finish.

    The main difference between brandy and vodka, which are distilled in similar fashion, is the grape flavor left behind in brandy.

    Mild on the palate, David’s Chacha (Georgian traditional hard liquor) has an invigorating taste, and can be mixed into drinks if you wish.

    Try making it into a mojito – the minty taste will compliment well.

    Their oak finished brandy has a delectable flavor and aroma.

    David and Meri exhibit the ancient process of creating brandy in their distillery for you to see.

    Their counter is a hollowed-out oak tree trunk, a replica of one used to stomp grapes into wine and collect the remaining sweet juice, which is then turned into brandy (chacha).

    This is an 8,000-year-old tradition.

    “Archaeologists found a grape seed that was 8,000 years old in Quervi,” David says. Quervi are clay pots used to ferment wine, traditionally buried in the ground.

    You’ll see replicas of these at David’s Distillery, as well as wine-horns and more.

    Visiting the distillery is akin to entering another world, so “book your ticket” and visit during their hours: Thursday and Friday, 3:00 until 8:00pm; Saturday, noon to 8:00pm and Sunday, noon to 4:00pm.

    Watch videos from Meri and David’s home country, Georgia, which gained independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

    The couple wanted to bring a taste of their culture to their home in Morrisville, where they’ve grown their family the past two decades.

    Lazika’s Chacha also pairs well with sour foods, such as sauerkraut and pickles.

    There are many recipes for traditional drinking of Chacha – just ask David and Meri for suggestions.

    While you’re there, lift a glass and cheer “Gaumarjos!” – the traditional Georgian cheer, roughly “Victory for you!”

    PHOTO CAP: Meri Javakhishvili and David Tskipurishvili in front of their still. Photo by Cindy Fastis.

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