The world of alcohol and the bliss that accompanies can be enticing. Planning to taste your first-ever liquor? Here is a crash course to enlighten you with enough knowledge necessary to make a choice. Our top 10 recommendations featuring liquors from popular brands (Dewar's, Smirnoff, Hennessy, and more) and buying guide will prepare you for your journey to becoming a social and responsible drinker.
Disclaimer: Consumption of alcohol is injurious to health. Though there are some health benefits to moderate alcohol consumption, it could be habit-forming. We do not encourage alcohol consumption. It can dull your senses and can be harmful to you and others, especially when operating machinery and driving. Pregnant women must not drink alcohol as it could cause birth defects.
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Here are our top 10 picks for the best liquor in India that are sure to delight you. Our list includes liquors from popular brands like Hennessy, Dewar's, Smirnoff, Hendricks, and more.
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You must have seen the words "liquor" and "liqueur" on the internet. Do you know that they are different? Keep reading to find out about the difference and explore the world of liquors in the sections below.
Liquor is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting grains, fruits, or plants, and then distilled to increase the alcoholic concentration. They can develop a unique taste and flavor, depending on the ingredients and the aging process. The alcohol content in liquor ranges from 20 to 75.5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
On the other hand, a liqueur is a liquor with added sweeteners, extracts, and oils. Since there are other ingredients present in a liqueur, the alcohol content ranges between 15 and 55% ABV. A liqueur is less intoxicating than liquor.
There are six types of distilled spirits that are widely accepted as liquors: whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, and vodka. The alcohol content, color, and flavor vary across each type. Find out more about them in the sections below.
Whiskeys are of five types: scotch, bourbon, American rye, Tennessee, and Irish. The difference lies in the country it comes from and the type of grain used. Scotch comes from Scotland. It is made from malted barley and has an earthy and smoky flavor. Bourbon, rye, and Tennessee come from America. Bourbon contains at least 51% corn, while rye has at least 51% cereal grain rye.
Those who want a bit of sweetness in their whiskey should go for bourbon. Rye has a slightly spicy flavor. Tennessee whiskey is basically bourbon that is filtered through maple charcoal. It makes the whiskey less harsh and gives a hint of charcoal or burnt wood.
Irish whiskey may be made from malted or unmalted barley and comes from Ireland. It is smoother compared to scotch. Whiskeys normally have an alcohol content between 40 and 50%. Popular mixed drinks that contain whiskey include Irish coffee, whiskey sour, and Manhattan cocktail.
Brandy is made by fermenting fruits—just like wine. But the alcohol content in brandy lies between 35 and 60%. It is fruity and sweeter than whiskey, but also has an oaky flavor that comes from the oak casks it is aged in. Grapes, apricots, apples, cherries, and peaches are the fruits commonly used to make brandy.
Brandy also has a variant, and it is called cognac. The specialty is that it is made from grapes that come from the Cognac region in France. Only the brandy that comes from the Cognac region can be called cognac. French 75, sidecar, metropolitan, and brandy smash are some of the most popular mixed drinks made using this spirit.
Distilled from sugarcane or molasses, the flavor of rum depends on the aging process it goes through. There are four major types: white, amber or gold, dark, and overproof. White or light rum is clear since it is filtered to remove the color after aging for at least a year. It has a milder flavor compared to other types of rum.
Gold or amber rum, as the name suggests, has a golden color that comes from the oak casks it is aged in. The barrel used for the aging process can give the rum vanilla, caramel, and even smoky or earthy flavors. Dark rum is a result of many years of aging or the caramel added to it, making it richer in flavor.
Typically, rums contain an alcohol content of 40%. But in an overproof rum, it can be as high as 75 or 75.5%. It can intoxicate you much quicker, so reduce the concentration by making mixed drinks with it. Popular rum cocktails include hurricane, daiquiri, and piña colada.
When the juices of the blue agave plant are fermented and distilled, you get tequila. Only the blue agave spirit produced in certain parts of Mexico can be called tequila. You can find several varieties of tequila: silver, gold, reposado, and añejo. Silver tequila (also called blanco, white, platinum) is aged in steel or glass containers for a few weeks.
Sometimes caramel is added to give it a golden color, which gives it the name gold tequila or joven. When blanco is aged for 60 days to one year in oak casks, you get the reposado. The aging process gives it vanilla or caramel flavors and aroma.
Añejo tequila must be aged for at least one year in oak barrels. Extra añejo is when the tequila is aged for over three years. The long aging process makes the spirit extremely aromatic and flavorful. Some of the delicious cocktails you can make with tequila include margarita, tequila sunrise, and tequini.
Gin is clear like vodka and is made from grains like barley, wheat, corn, and rye. Gin is never aged, but it goes through a redistillation process where botanicals like lemon and orange peels, seeds, and spices may be added along with juniper berries.
Hence, the flavor depends entirely on the botanicals the company decides to use. Gin can have anywhere between 35 and 55% alcohol by volume. Famous gin cocktails like gin and tonic, Tom Collins, and gin fizz can be easily made at home.
The standard alcohol concentration of vodka is between 40 and 50 percent. It is clear, and because of its subtle flavor profile, vodka is the preferred spirit for making almost any mixed drink. Some popular ones like bloody mary, cosmopolitan, vodka martini and kamikaze are made using vodka.
Some may say that vodka is supposed to be flavorless and odorless. That is not true. Vodka can have subtle hints of citrus peels, grains, pepper, and even cacao nibs. It all depends on the brand, and you have to try each one to find out the one that suits your palate.
Liquors can come in glass and plastic bottles. While it is safer to carry a plastic bottle, there are some serious health concerns associated with storing any kind of alcohol in a plastic bottle for extended periods of time. Plastic contains substances (for example, ethylene glycol) that can leach into the alcohol if the ambient temperature increases.
These substances can alter the taste of the liquor and cause health issues in the long run. Also, plastic is permeable to tiny molecules of gas and vapor. If you are going to buy yourself an expensive bottle of liquor that is going to last a long time, go for one that comes in a glass bottle.
As for alcohol consumption, a drink or two a day can give you a lot of health benefits. But you can't drink and drive or go to your workplace intoxicated. Here are some articles to help you choose the best energy drink, giloy juice, and green tea for weight loss in India. Every article has a top 10 section and a buying guide to help you choose only the best product online.
No one is to be judged for their choice of spirit. Everyone's palate is different, and hence the drink they enjoy the most also varies. Some like the bitterness of whiskey, while others prefer the extremely subtle flavors of vodka. There are people who like the fruity flavors of brandy and the botanical flavors of gin. What matters the most is that you enjoy the drink in your hand.
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