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What is the difference between beer, wine, liquor, alcohol, brandy, whiskey, rum, vodka, bourbon, stout, scotch, feni, champagne, tequila and gin?

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Gaurav Tomar

, I am an liquor enthusiast, have been researching in this topic for more than 10

Answered 5 years ago

Hi, the difference between all the alcoholic beverages is due to the raw material used and the process involved in making it. It is a vary vast topic and all the details cannot be given here but in a layman language following are the definations:

Beer : Main ingredient is malt (Barley, wheat etc). Beer making process is known as brewing and the most common process involves fermentation of malted Barley.

Wine : Main ingredients are fruits (majorly grapes). The making process involves the fermentation in fruit juices (Crushed grapes)

Liquor : an alcoholic drink that is distilled from grains or plants, such as rum, vodka, gin or whiskey.

Brandy : Brandy is basically made by distillation of wine.

Whiskey : Is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash (Wheat, Barley etc) and matured in oak casks for a certain period of time.

Rum : Is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from Molasses (Sugarcane juice)

Vodka : Is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash (Wheat, Barley etc and potato also)

Bourbon : It is a type of American whiskey in which the raw material should contain atleast 51% corn.

Stout : It is a type of beer made by top and warm fermentation of a heavily roasted malt.

Scotch : Is a a type of whiskey made and matured in Scotland in Oak casks for atleast 3 years.

Feni : Is made in Goa and it is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented Cashew or Toddy palm.

Champagne : It is a type of sparkling wine which comes from the Champagne district of France it involves secondary fermentation of wine to create Carbonation.

Tequila : Comes from Mexico and it is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented Agave fruit (similar to Pineapple).

Gin : It is basically a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash with Juniper berries.

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