Whether you are looking for something to help you loosen up and unwind after dinner or are getting your party on with the gang, your preference for alcoholic drinks varies. While you can get bold and experimental with different spirits, not all liquor is created equal. Some are so strong, that they can knock you out in one shot or two. Here are five of the strongest liquors in the world.

Balkan 176 – 88%

Balkan 176 is reportedly the strongest Scandinavian drink that has been ever made. It is decked with 88 percent alcohol. This potent drink made in Bulgaria does not look potentially destructive at all. In fact, it is colorless, odorless and even tasteless. It is so strong that there have been reported cases of people dying of alcohol poisoning after consuming too much of this in a short period of time.

This Vodka is distilled thrice and it is so alcoholic that it contains 13 warning signs on the side of the bottle. It is imported from the Balkans and is made in very small qualities to meet very high and meticulous quality standards. It is sold in over 20 countries and is quite popular in South America. It is not yet available in the US, though.

Pincer Shanghai Strength – 88.8%

This really strong liquor is made from a mix of Vodka, wild elderflower and milk thistle. It was made to be a concentrate in a single bottle that supplies 65 shots, in contrast to the usual 26. This drink is so strong that the makers were gracious enough to mix it with milk thistle and elderflower concentrate, which are both used in Chinese medicine as liver supplements.

This product is made by Scottish distiller Pincer but specifically for the Chinese market. It has an 88.8 percent grading because the number “8” is considered lucky in China. One bottle sells for around US$130.

Bruichladdich X4 Quadrupled Whiskey 184 Proof – 92%

This quadruple distilled blockbuster dram is distilled on the Rhinns on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. It is aged in new oak casks to enhance flavour. The Bruichladdich X4 has been on the market since 1881 and is known around the world as a very high quality single malt whiskey.

There is a legend about this drink that says that in 1695, Martin Martin, a Hebridean traveler talked about an ancient powerful spirit which, if translated from Gaelic, means “perilous whiskey.” The locals reportedly told him that with one sip, he could live forever, with two sips he could go blind, and with three, he could die on the spot. More recently, a pair of BBC journalists has even proven that this alone can power a sports car at speeds of over 100mph.

Everclear – 95%

Everclear originates from the USA and is brewed from corn. It was the previous record holder for being the most alcoholic drink, according to the Guiness Book of World Records in 1979. This crystal clear drink was banned in the USA and Canada for many years, but these have since been repealed, thus making it legal again.

Everclear does not have a very strong taste, so this makes it ideal for mixing with other drinks. However, if you do decide to take it alone, you could end up on the floor earlier than expected in a very short time. Proceed with caution.

Spirytus Rektyfikowany – 96%

While the purity of a rectified spirit has a limit of 95.6%, this one sits above that at 96%. Other “strongest” lists might make the entries arranged in a different manner, but Spirytus Rektyfikowany is the undisputed number one.

This drink has a gentle and mild taste. It is a top class rectified 192 Proof Vodka that’s been brewed from premium ethyl alcohol with a grain base. This drink is so strong that it has to be taken sparingly even when mixed for flavor.

In Poland, where it originates, its uses range from preparing different fruit and herbal liquers to producing vodka and desserts. Sometimes, it is even used for medical purposes. The Polish also commonly use this as a traditional toast in some funerals.

Have you ever had a shot of any of those in the list? What was the strongest alcoholic drink that you have ever had in your life? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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