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Liquors of the World Thread - Fact and Fiction - Info & FunViews: 545
Nov 08, 2006 4:23 pm Liquors of the World Thread - Fact and Fiction - Info & Fun

Tarun Hukku
Guys - Its becoming important these days to know one's liquor - what with people travelling and entertaining and being entertained by customers and business associates from various countries. This thread is meant for BBNers to exchange information about liquors and traditions of the world and not to promote the concept of drinking nor to disparage those who imbibe. It is simply for exchange of information and with the understanding that we all are aware of our being mature in our drinking habits - especially when it comes to drinking & driving.

I am taking the lead here to open this thread with a topic that quite a few of us would be familiar with - given that one of India's liquor giants is well on his way to acquire a Scotch company so as to be able to do business in Europe. The entry of Indian 'whisky' especially if tagged as scotch or even just 'whisky' has been denied to the European markets for long.

This is partly based on differences in manufacture and distilling culture. When is a whisky a whisky? When Whisky is made from grains, not molasses and aged for a minimum period of 3 years. Apparently, Indian whisky is made from molasses (sugars) which prevents it from being called "whisky" as per official definitions. The Indian product cannot be sold in Europe as "whisky" although talks are continuing for it to be sold as "molasses whisky" or "Indian whisky"...

Apparently, many Indian manufacturers don't even try to convert molasses into alcohol, they simply buy the spirit and add "whisky essence" to it, and even a little Scotch whisky to lend flavor and smell. In India, producers avoid the lead times associated with aging by eliminating the aging process altogether. Shortcut to whisky?

Infact, per classical definitions, Indian whisky is really rum!!!!

I invite other BBNers to add to this thread with info, legends, tales and anecdotes about liquors of the world and I know we have enough Indian liquors ranging from the Santra & Mausambi to the Chang of the hills and the liquers of the North East that a lot of us have imbibed with interesting results :-)

This is a infofun thread but it would be wonderful to see 'hics' and ;-)s used only when essential or when they truly add flavour to the message :-)

Cheers (was never more apt)

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