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SPIRITS. Distilled beverages. The Spirits. Brandy Ingredients: fruit wine (mostly Grape) The word comes from the Dutch "brandewijn" meaning "burnt wine." Whiskey Ingredients: barley, corn, rye (grain) The word comes from Scottish Gaelic , meaning "water of life“. The Spirits. Vodka

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the spirits
The Spirits
  • Brandy
    • Ingredients: fruit wine (mostly Grape)
    • The word comes from the Dutch "brandewijn" meaning "burnt wine."
  • Whiskey
    • Ingredients: barley, corn, rye (grain)
    • The word comes from Scottish Gaelic, meaning "water of life“.
the spirits1
The Spirits
  • Vodka
    • Ingredients: rye or wheat, sometimes potato or another grain (traditionally the cheapest starch available) (穀物)
  • Rum
    • Ingredients: molasses or sugar cane (甘蔗)
  • Gin
    • Ingredients: juniper berries, various grains (杜松子)
  • Tequila
    • Ingredients: juice of blue agave (agave tequiliana) (龍舌蘭)
scotch whisky
Scotch Whisky
  • There many others: Bourbon whiskey, Irish whiskey, Canadian whisky, Tennessee whiskey, and etc.
  • This is the most popular one here in Taiwan.
legal definition
Legal definition
  • Must be distilled at a Scottish distillery from water and malted barley, to which only other whole grains may be added, have been processed at that distillery into a mash, converted to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems, and fermented only by the addition of yeast,
  • Must have an alcoholic strength of less than 94.8% by volume so that it retains the flavour of the raw materials used in its production,
  • Must be matured in Scotland in oak casks for not less than three years, and
  • Must not contain any added substance other than water and caramel colour.
types of whisky
Types of Whisky
  • single malt whisky is a malt whisky from one distillery (Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, The Macallan, Balvenie, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and etc.)
  • blended malt whisky is malt whisky from more than one distillery
  • blended Scotch whisky is a mixture of malt and grain whisky. (Johnnie Walker, Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse, Chivas Regal, and etc. )
the process 1
The Process #1
  • MALTING which converts barley to MALT.
the process 2
The Process #2
  • MASHING which produces WORT (sugar solution) from ground or crushed MALT.
the process 3
The Process #3
  • FERMENTATION that produces WASH (a weak, crude, impure spirit) consequent upon the introduction of YEAST in the WORT.
the process 4
The Process #4
  • DISTILLATION that strengthens and purifies the spirit contained in the WASH and also separates the solids contained in the spirituous liquor.
the process 5
The Process #5
  • MATURATION that transforms the raw SPIRIT into WHISKY.
prices in taiwan
Prices in Taiwan
  • Blended Scotch whisky: NT600~NT1500
  • single malt whisky
    • 12 years old: NT800~NT1200.
    • 15 years old: NT1500~NT2000.
    • 18 years old: around NT2500.
    • 21 years old or above: don’t know.
i have tried
I have tried.
  • Blended Scotch whisky:
    • Johnnie Walker black label; Chivas Regal 12 years old; Matisse 12 years old; VAT 69; Suntory; and etc.
  • Single Malt Whisky:
    • Glenlivet 12 years old; Highland Park 12 years old; Macallan 12 years old; Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18 years.
  • The most popular and finest brandy.
  • Must be produced in the region surrounding the town of Cognac in France.
  • The wine to be distilled must be made from at least 90 percent Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche or Colombard grapes
  • The rest of the wine can consist of ten selected grapes.
  • It must be distilled twice in copperpot stills and aged at least 2 1/2 years in oak barrels in order to be called "cognac".
  • VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale), Réserve, where the youngest brandy is stored at least four years in cask.
  • XO (Extra Old), Napoléon, Hors d'Age, where the youngest brandy is stored at least seven years in cask.
  • Each cognac house also produces its own premium-level cognac. These include:
    • Louis XIII by Rémy Martin is composed of more than 1,200 of the finest eaux-de-vie aged between 40 years and a century in very old Limousin oak barrels.
    • Richard Hennessy - produced by Hennessy, 'Richard' is a blend of over 100 eaux-de-vie aged up to 200 years. It is sold in a Baccarrat crystal blackman and is named after the founder of the company.
  • VSOP: NT1000~1500
  • XO: NT2000~NT4000
  • EXTRA: > NT6500
  • LOUIS XIII: > NT35000
things i have tried
Things I have tried
  • Remy Martin VSOP; Remy Martin XO; Hennessy VSOP; Hennessy XO; Gautier XO; Martell VSOP; Martell Cordon Bleu; Camus EXTRA
  • Next target: Louis XIII by Rémy Martin

I like beer and stout.