Authenticity of the traditional Cypriot spirit "zivania" on the basis of 1H NMR spectroscopy diagnostic parameters and statistical analysis
AuthorPetrakis, Panos V.
Kokkinofta, Rebecca I.
Theocharis, Charis R.
Mavromoustakos, Thomas M.
SourceJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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A previous publication (Kokkinofta et al. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2003, 51, 6233-6239) discussed the use of inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy to differentiate between the traditional Cypriot alcoholic beverage zivania and other spirits similar in alcoholic content collected from different countries. In the present paper 1H NMR spectroscopy is applied to confirm the previous conclusions and to obtain additional physical-chemical characteristics that may be used to differentiate zivania from other similar beverages. NMR spectroscopy gave a satisfactory degree of prediction and classification between zivanias and other distillings. The validity of quantification of the method was tested using comparative GC data. It appears that chemical analysis can be very helpful for identifying the unique geological and climatic conditions existing in the island of Cyprus that lead to an authentic product. © 2005 American Chemical Society.