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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

Bourbon and scotch are types of whiskey and cognac is a variety of brandy. Bourbon is a type of whiskey, whereas not all whiskies are bourbons! The main difference between scotch and whisky is ...
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Type of drink to order at a bar

Order what you like. Drink what you like. Life is too short to drink what someone else wants or expects you to. If people care what you're drinking at this bar, then I question why you'd want to be ...
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Type of drink to order at a bar

You should drink anything you like - but if you intend to have one drink and nurse it for an hour, there are some considerations for optimizing the experience. Ice cubes are not nice cubes Most of ...
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Liquor before beer never fear

I had never heard of this saying (I'm not a native English speaker), but the funny thing is that in Dutch there is a similar saying, except with wine instead of liquor and the other way around: 'wijn ...
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Does barrel aging add sugar to liquors?

Barrel aging does add sugar to the liquid (wine, whisky, etc.) that is aged in it. In the toasting process of a barrel, the sugar in the wood caramelizes (cellulose is a sugar polymer and breaks into ...
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How can I layer liquors on top of each other?

How can I layer liquors on top of each other? The key to creating perfectly layered drinks is to pay attention to how heavy each ingredient is compared to the other ingredients. The weight of each ...
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Rakija – a moonshine from the Balkan

Rakia or Rakija is the collective term for fruit brandy popular in the Balkans. Wikipedia has this to say about Rakija: Rakia or Rakija is the collective term for fruit brandy popular in the ...
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What was the most common hard liquor of the Late Middle Ages?

I finally did a little digging. The Late Medieval Period is generally considered from 1300-1500. Whisky, did not become wide spread until the 1700s. The first recorded instance of Whisky production ...
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Liquor bottle puzzle in Eavesdropper comic strip

We already have three bottles identified. From left to right First bottle may be Gekkeikan Junmai Skye Blue Sake, suggested by crypdex Second bottle may be Bols Advocaat, suggested by OldPadawan ...
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How can I determine whether infused spirits contain sugar (before buying)?

There is no way to determine if a particular flavored vodka has added sugar or glycerin! Unless one can find a particular website of a certain vodka, which states that there is no added sugar or ...
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Any experience making fig liqueur?

Fig liqueur completed after 4 weeks. Here are notes: A lot more work than I expected it would be to strain out the liquid. Next time I'll use a food processor instead of making the base puree by ...
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How do Hungarians most commonly consume Palinka?

How do Hungarians drink Palinka? Pálinka should be served at 18–20 °C (64–68 °F) because it is at this temperature that the fine smell and taste of the fruit can be best enjoyed. If served too cold,...
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How should one store liquors in a home bar?

Some tips: Protect your bottles from sunlight and extreme temperatures. If your bottles have cork tops, make sure to keep the corks moist so that they don't disintegrate (just turning the bottles ...
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Do cognacs "imported from France" have added sugar?

It says so on the label. EU regulations require for food additives to be displayed on the products label. Caramel, or E150, is a food coloring and is subject to this rule. I'm not sure about Brandy ...
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Liquor before beer never fear

I suspect that there is no science behind it and that the saying is something akin to an old wive's tale, something often re-told but not actually scientifically accurate. It might be the case that ...
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What is the difference between Cognac, Brandy, Bourbon, Scotch and Whiskey?

The answer above nails the quantitative parts of the question, but I'll spend a little time adding a qualitative answer. In terms of flavour and the experience while drinking, Brandy and Whisky are ...
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Liquor bottle puzzle in Eavesdropper comic strip

5th bottle is Choya plum wine.
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How can I layer liquors on top of each other?

It does depend on the liquor you're using since they have specific gravity's. You can pour them carefully over a spoon to minimize disturbance, or (what I always did) pour them slowly down the side of ...
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Lemon Juice Producing Colloid in Everclear

The good news is that you can find an answer here, the bad news it is not in English. Briefly, it doesn't say how to remove opacity now that you have it, but it gives explanation on not having it in ...
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Type of drink to order at a bar

This really just comes down to personal preference if you can haply sit and drink a stout all night, or a larger, or even cocktails it all comes down to how you handle the alcohol. It is certainly not ...
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Any experience making fig liqueur?

I'm using fresh picked figs from our tree. Pureed and mixed I part good quality vodka to 1 part fig puree. I also added a tablespoon of sugar to the mixture. I'm storing the Mason jars in a cool dark ...
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Things people put in bottles of liquor or liqueur and are sold commercially?

"Goldshlager" has little flakes of gold leaf, which is used for wood signs, and glass. Gold leaf is expensive to purchase at the art supply store, and expensive for the customer who wants gold leaf ...
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Things people put in bottles of liquor or liqueur and are sold commercially?

You can see pretty much anything in the bottle. This article provides a good first look (trigger warning!). Besides the stuff described there I witnessed bottles with exotic fish, giant prawns, and ...
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Things people put in bottles of liquor or liqueur and are sold commercially?

Habushu is a common Japanese liqueur, where they put snakes inside the bottles. There are two methods of inserting the snake into the alcohol. The maker may choose to simply submerge the snake in the ...
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Do you recognize these foreign bottles?

I recognize Strega. It is a digestif from Benevento, Italy. Flavor can become unstable over time. Used in some modern cocktails as well. I don't have my books in front of me, but it is normally more ...
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Do you recognize these foreign bottles?

Starka does not age in bottles, and has no vintage, so I don't think it can be of any interest. Tokay ages very well, and 70 years old one might be interesting. On the other hand, I have a serious ...
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What was the most common hard liquor of the Late Middle Ages?

I would imagine it would be either whiskey or wine brandy came from Brandywine (excuse spelling or similar pronunciation) meaning burnt wine also cider was probably popular due to the fact that the ...
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Things people put in bottles of liquor or liqueur and are sold commercially?

Two relatively boring answers: The spherical plastic widget (yes, that's its official name) found in bottles and cans of Guinness stout. I don't fully understand the physics, but it seems the point ...
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What was the most common hard liquor of the Late Middle Ages?

What was the most common hard liquor of the Late Middle Ages? When were the Middle Ages? In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or Medieval Period lasted from the 5th to the late 15th century. It ...
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Type of drink to order at a bar

If it's busy just grab a double Gin and Tonic and sip on that for half an hour or so while the bar settles down. Once it gets quieter you can ask the bartender for a recommendation on a local IPA and ...
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