fusel oil
A mixture of several higher-order alcohols (alcohols with more than two carbon atoms) formed as byproduct in the normal fermentation process. An excessive concentration, as in low-quality moonshine, causes unpleasant taste.

many simply blamed [...] the Doosras known enthusiasms for opium, ganja, and any number of local fusel oils, singly or combined, named and nameless.

Syn: fusel alcohol, potato oil

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