Liquor types and basics
A casual drinker or a world class tippler? If you are reading this post, it's an indication that you love drinking. Part of knowing how to being a classy drinker involves knowing your way around alcohol. You may not particularly care about what you are drinking but it's never a good thing to ignore information. So, here is a quick guide to some of the most popular liquors around the globe.
- Made from grains or potatoes
- Examples: Absolut, Grey goose, Smirnoff, Belvedere, Skyye, Ketel One, Stolichnaya. Russia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, USA.
- Made from fermented juniper berries.
- Examples: Blue Riband, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Hendricks, Beefeater. England, Scotland, India (Blue Riband).
- Distilled from sugarcane and molasses.
- Comes in light, golden and dark varieties. The older it is, the darker it is.
- Examples: Bacardi, Mount Gay, Old Monk, Myer's Dark,McDowell's No. 1 Celebration Rum. Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Virgin Islands, India.
- Distilled from the plant of Blue Agave plant in Mexico.
- Examples: Jose Cuervo, Patron, Milagro, Don Emilio, Sauza. Mexico.
- Made from either malt or grain.
- Scotch is always distilled in scotland but not necessarily bottled there.
- Examples: Johnny walker Red (8yrs), Johnny walker Black (12 yrs), Chivas Regal, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, McCallen. Scotches must be aged for a minimum of four years. They have a smoky and full bodied flavor.
- Made in Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
- Contains a minimum of 51 percentage of corn or sour mash.
- Aged for at least 4yrs in charred oak barrels.
- Amber in color, slightly sweet in flavor
- Examples: Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey.
- Jack Daniels is one exception because it is from Lynchburg, Tennessee but it follows the same guidelines as Bourbon County.
- Several grains are used in the distillation process. It should be made of at least two of these ingredients; rye, oats or barley. must be at least 3 years old.
- Examples: seagram's 7, Canadian Club, Crown royal Canada, United States.
- Always produced in Ireland.
- distilled from barley.
- Examples: Jamesons, Bushmills.
- Distilled in most countries that produce wine.
- Examples: Mansion House, McDowell's No.1, E&J.
- fermented from grapes grown only in the Cognac region of France.
- Aged for a minimum of four years.
Age determines class:
* **V.S.** - very special (4yrs) * **V.S.O.P**- very special old pale.( 4-6 yrs). * **X.O.**- extremely old. (5.5- 40 yrs)
Examples: Remy Martin, Martel, Hennessey.
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