The Restorative Powers of Tokaji

It has long been claimed that Essencia has curative and medical benefits, and indeed, in the 19th and early 20th century the principle market for it was as a kind of revitalizing tonic, to be given to invalids and the seriously ill by the teaspoonful. Many eminent doctors of the day attested to its remarkable powers, in some cases claiming that a single teaspoon of the elixir had literally restored patients on their deathbed to robust good health.

These medical properties are the reason why the copper snake became the central element in Tokaj’s coat-of-arms. Gyula Krúdy (1878-1933, Hungarian journalist) noted the following about the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph:
„Our old king is healthy because he drinks a bottle of Tokaji wine every day– is what they used to say in Hungary at the time when throughout his long reign Franz Joseph was involved in every kind of legend, anecdote and fairy tale.“
And it is true that there is scarcely any other wine so rich in minerals and penicillin as Tokaji, so much so that in the first half of the 20th century aszú wines were available in pharmacies and sold as medicine. Tokaji was used as a remedy especially for anemie. As a matter of fact, the Tokaj wine's content of the vitamins B, E, and the "happiness hormone" serotonin is partially significant higher than in other wines. Furthermore, good Tokaj wines contain a comparatively high amount of constitutional substances such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), resveratrol, polyamines and polyphenols, which reduce oxidative stress in the organism in their role as antioxidants. Thus they help decreasing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular deseases. Similar to the red wines, the Tokaj wine's high content of polyphenols is a result of leaving the grape's paring with the mash vor several hours, before being pressed.

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„Listen then, your grace; his majesty the King of Sweden -
I beg pardon, the Count Haga
I should have said - drinks nothing but tokay.” - „Well, am I so poor as to have no tokay in my cellar? If so, I must dismiss my butler.”
from „The Queen's Necklace”

Alexandre Dumas

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