Snake wine is, without a doubt, the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted, or ever had in my mouth for that matter. At one time we had some friends who made regular trips to China & would bring back bottles of snake wine. As far as I know, folks aren’t allowed to bring bottles of snake wine back to the US… but our friends had ways. Oh yes, they did.
The bottles our friends always brought back had what appeared to be cobras in them. I actually know very little of snakes but I assume if it’s got a hood, it’s a cobra. My understanding is that when drinking this particular snake wine we are also drinking the snake’s venom, & I did notice immediate numbness on my lips the first time I tried it. That evening I didn’t feel any alcoholic effects, but I did have to call people & apologize the next day for saying things I shouldn’t have said (worse than usual).