What's the difference between Whiskey, Rum, Vodka, Brandy, Scotch, Bear etc. when all are alcoholic drinks?
Different grains are used for different varieties, including: barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and maize (corn). Whisky derives from the Gaelic word for "water" (uisce or usige), and is called in full uisge-beatha (in Scotland) or uisce beatha (Ireland), meaning "Water of Life". It is related to the Latin aqua vitae, also meaning "water of life". It is always Scotch whisky, and Irish whiskey; other countries may use either spelling.
The production of rum dates back to the seventeenth century. It is distilled from either fermented sugarcane-juice or fermented molasses, and can be nearly colorless and faintly aromatic with a light body, or dark brown with a heavy body, flavorful and having a rich aroma.
Most of the world's rum comes from the Caribbean. Puert ...more
Whisky, Gin, and Vodka are all distilled spirits made from grain alcohol (though some vodka distilleries use fruit or potatoes, grain is the traditional source. There are records of vodka being made in Europe long before the potato was even introduced from America).
Vodka is normally plain alcohol and water that retains very few flavor characteristics. It is sometimes lightly flavored.
Gin is flavored with juniper berries, and sometimes a few other herbal extracts.
Whisky is grain spirits that have been aged in wood barrels. If it's made in Scotland, it's scotch whisky; if it's made in Ireland, it's Irish whiskey; if it's made in Canada, it's Canadian whiskey, if it's made in Japan it's Japanese whisky, and there are number of types of American whisky:
* bourbon: mash is at least 51% corn (maize), usually there are two other kinds of grain in the mash as well.
* rye: mash ...more