Web magazine Table Matters explores eau de vie, the fruit-based digestif that many Americans associate with the expression “tastes like burning.”

But the unaged brandy, when done well, cuts an impressive gastronomic figure:

“‘If the fruit doesn’t have it, the eau de vie never will,’ said Lance Winters [from] St. George Spirits. In making eau de vie, ‘you’re taking an aromatic and flavor profile of a moment in time and place. It’s a time machine.’”

And it also calls to mind another question: Why, precisely, does the United States lack the digestif after-dinner ritual that makes European dining so damned civilized?

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