DISTILLED SPIRIT

SIX AMAZING DISTILLED SPIRIT TYPES YOU NEED TO KNOW

The distilled spirits are catching people’s interest day by day because of delicious varieties. All distilled spirits loved worldwide because of their lower alcohol level. A variety of distilled spirits prepared for different purposes. Out of all types, Irish whiskey is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Six major base liquors form the foundation of most of the cocktails and liqueurs these days.

  1. BRANDY

Wine or fruits prepare drinks after distillation. These fruits are mostly grapes or other fruits like peach, apricot, cherry, and apples. Its types are clear and unaged, aged in wood, and pomace brandies.

COGNAC

It is a grape brandy having an intense aroma and made in the cognac region of France. It has six types, which differ in taste and aging period. It gives impressions of delicacy, elegance, power, and suppleness to the tasters.

FRUIT BRANDY

It prepared by distilling wine or fermented mesh of fruit other than grapes. Fruit brandy is unaged brandy, and it has types depending on the fruit flavor added. It offers fresh, light, and enjoyable flavors.

POMACE BRANDY

These brandies are mostly in grape flavor, but any other fruit can also use. In the case of fruit other than grapes, the fruit name mentioned on the label. These brandies are mostly unaged but can go through aging in wood, too, to make them harsher.

QUALITIES OF BRANDY

Flavor: Fruity burnt wine.

Styles: Armagnac, Pisco, Cognac, Grappa, American Brandy, Flavored Brandies, Eau-de-vie, Spanish Brandy.

Alcohol Content: Mostly, it has 40% alcohol/volume.

Aged in: Typically aged in oaks but vary in style.

Regulations: No specific regulations worldwide, but some styles prepared in certain regions.

Cocktail Profile: Brandies used in a variety of classic cocktails and unique flavor combinations.

  1. GIN

Gin is famous and loved because of its versatile flavors and pleasurable taste. Gin is prepared by grounding botanicals in juniper berry. It has a wide range of flavors. Neutral grains such as rye, corn, wheat, or barley used in distillation.

DISTILLED GIN

The re-distillation of ethanol prepares it in the presence of natural botanicals and juniper berries. It is flavorless and odorless.

LONDON DRY GIN

It is prepared by distillation with botanicals to get flavors. No additives or artificial flavors added. It has a bright, light, and citrus flavor.

FLAVORED GINS

These are not different from other types of gins. These gins prepared by the addition of flavors in other types. These gins come in raspberry, lemon, rhubarb, and even chocolate flavors.

QUALITIES OF GIN

Flavor: dry, Herbal. “Piney” taste and aroma from juniper berries.

Aged: Typically, unaged.

Styles: Genever, Plymouth Gin, New American Gin, London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin.

Alcohol Content: 40-47% alcohol/volume.

Regulations: No specific worldwide regulations.

Cocktail Profile: It is perfect for dry, non-sweet cocktails. As it has light fruits and herbs, it serves as an excellent base for lighter cocktails.

  1. RUM

Rum made by distillation from sugar. The sugar can be a syrup, pure cane sugar, or molasses. It has a sweet sugary taste.

LIGHT RUM

It is also known as white or silver rum and is prepared by aging in stainless steel tank for about a year. They have a sweet and light flavor.

GOLD RUM

These are prepared by congeners or by adding caramel. The gold rums aged in oak casks, which give them dark characteristics.

AGED RUMS

These can be any of the light or gold rums that aged with wood for a long time. After being in contact with the wood for a long time, they develop flavor in them.

CACHAÇA

It is Brazilian rum, prepared from pure sugarcane. It is one of the sweetest rums available and loved in America.

QUALITIES OF RUM

Flavor: Sweet.

Aged: Mostly all of the rums other than light rum are aged in oak barrels.

Styles: Over-Proof Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Cachaça, Flavored Rum, Light Rum, Spiced Rum.

Alcohol Content: 40% alcohol/volume.

Regulations: No specific worldwide regulations.

Cocktail Profile: Because of their sweet taste, rums are used base for tropical drinks. They also used in warm cocktails.

  1. TEQUILA

This distilled spirit only prepared in particular areas of Mexico. An agave plant produces it.

BLANCO TEQUILA

It is a clear spirit and aged for up to 60 days in stainless steel tanks. It may be called white or silver tequila.

JOVEN TEQUILA

This tequila is mostly unaged and has additives for flavoring. The flavors can be syrup, caramel, glycerin, oak extract, or others.

REPOSADO TEQUILA

It aged in wood casks for two to nine months. It has a soft oak flavor and a light straw color.

QUALITIES OF TEQUILA

Flavor: Vegetal flavor with a semi-sweet and spicy taste.

Aged: All the types other than Blanco tequila often aged in oak barrels.

Styles: Anejo, Gold, Reposado, Blanco, and Extra-Anejo.

Alcohol Content: 40-50% alcohol/volume.

Regulations: Strongly regulated by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT).

Cocktail Profile: Mostly used in margaritas and frozen cocktails, mixed with fruits.

  1. VODKA

It mostly made up of neutral grains or potatoes. It is drunk all over the world. It is the most popular liquor used in cocktails and drinks. Vodka has a neutral color and taste.

VODKA VS. GIN

Both of these distilled spirits, Vodka and Gin, are extracted from grains. Their tastes are not the same. Vodka is typically tasteless, and Gins are flavored, mostly juniper flavor. Also, some vodkas with herb-infusion are similar to gin. Though these have differences, both vodkas and gins can use in place of each other in cocktails.

PLAIN VODKAS

These are high-quality vodkas and have an unpleasant taste. This unpleasant taste is because of the high concentration of alcohol.

FLAVORED VODKAS

Fruit juices are added to plain vodkas to add flavor to them. These fruits are mostly lemon, raspberry, plumb, and orange.

FRUIT VODKAS

The infusion of herbs or fruits makes these vodkas. Their flavor, taste, and colors are better than other types.

QUALITIES OF VODKA

Flavor: Neutral alcohol or ethanol.

Aged: Mostly, it’s un-aged.

Styles: It has plain, fruit, and flavored vodkas.

Alcohol Content: 40-50% alcohol/volume.

Regulations: No specific worldwide regulations.

Cocktail Profile: The neutral taste of vodka makes it an attractive and most versatile spirit. Vodka cocktails are available in many flavors’ profiles like sweet, savory, fruits, herbs, and spices.

  1. WHISKEY

Whiskey produced by different malted grains and more diversely used in bars among all distilled spirits.

IRISH WHISKEY

It melted away from smoke or fire. It is prepared at low temperature to maintain its sweet honey taste. Its father of all whiskeys.

SCOTCH WHISKEY

It prepared in Scotland. It is malted in smoke to add a smoky flavor to it.

BOURBON WHISKEY

It prepared by aging for more than two years. No additives used. These are old whiskeys.

TENNESSEE WHISKEY

It prepared by a specific filtration process and whiskey drip from a 10 feet sugar maple charcoal. The aging process of two years produces it.

QUALITIES OF WHISKEY

Aged: It is mostly in charred oak. Some styles aged in a mixture of new and old whiskey barrels.

Styles: Scotch, Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Blended Whiskey, Canadian Whisky, Irish whiskey, Flavored Whiskey.

Alcohol Content: 40-50 alcohol/volume.

Regulations: Some styles have their specific rules in a particular country

Cocktail Profile: It used as a base for many cocktail styles. Whiskeys are used with other liquors to create sophisticated drinks. 

THE FINAL WORDS

If you like to have a drink or two now and then, it is always a great idea to use a distilled spirit. There are many benefits associated with its use in your drinks. It not only cuts down on the risk of developing heart diseases but also keeps a lid on the chances of diabetes. It can also come handy when you suffer from narrowed arteries, thereby resulting in reduced flow of blood to your brain.

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