Spirits 101

Spirits 101

Types of spirits:

Rum
An alcoholic beverage distilled using molasses or sugar cane.

Vodka
An alcoholic spirit made from distilled rye, wheat, or potatoes.

Liqueur
A distilled spirit with a liquor base. Liquors are usually sweet as they are made with sugar and a variety of fruits, herbs and spices which creates flavours that vary greatly by the type of liqueur and particular brand.

Gin
An alcoholic beverage made by distilling rye or other grain spirits and adding juniper berries or aromatics such as anise, caraway seeds, or angelica root for flavoring.

Whisky
Whisky (Scottish or English) or Whiskey (Irish or America) is made from fermented grains which could include various combinations of barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat and corn. Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the only type of whisky that is made exclusively from barley. All other whiskies contain a blend.

NLC carries a range of the following whisky products:

Canadian Whisky
Canadian Whisky originates in Canada and most are produced by blending rye and other whiskies with a relatively neutral spirit. Canadian Whisky is characterized by a spicy, bitter-sweet flavour which becomes smoother through the barrel aging process.

Try: Crown Royal Whisky

Irish Whiskey
Produced in Ireland, Irish Whiskey is aged in wooden casks for at least three years. Nearly all Irish Whiskies are blends and in Ireland coal is used instead of peat.

Try: Jameson Irish Whiskey

American Whiskey
Produced in the United States from a fermented mash of cerealgrains.

Try: Jack Daniel’s.

Bourbon Whiskey
A type of American Whiskey that is made of at least 51% corn. Bourbon Whiskey is aged for a minimum of four years in new charred white oak barrels. Unlike with other whiskies, these barrels are only used once in the production of straight or blended American Whiskey.

Try: Jim Beam Bourbon

Single Malt Scotch
Malt whisky made from a single distillery.

Try: Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch

Blended Scotch
Usually a blend of malt and single malt whiskies, often from several distilleries. Blended whiskies are usually more consistent and more affordable.

Try: Johnnie Walker Red Label

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