Alcohol Dictionary

  • Angels Share: An amount of alcohol that evaporates from the casks while alcohol is aging. This can be 2% per year but can be higher in hotter areas.
  • Bootlegging: To make, transport, or sell liquor illegally, or without registration or payment of taxes.
  • Bootleg Origin: 1625-1635 Practice of hiding a liquor bottle in the leg of ones boot.
  • Booze: Any alcoholic beverage
  • Booze Hag:  Woman who drinks to excess
  • Brandy:  A spirit distilled from wine or from the fermented juice of grapes, apples, peaches, plums Ect,
  • Cask Strength: Whiskey that comes straight from the barrel. No water is added, making it pretty potent.
  • Cordial:  A strong sweetened aromatic alcoholic liquor.
  • Distillation: Process of separating mash from the liquid, by using selective boiling and condensation.
  • Distillery:  A place where distilling of liquor is done.
  • Fire Water:  Alcoholic Drink Liquor.
  • Hooch:  Alcohol liquor illicitly distilled and distributed.
  • Liqueur: Any class of alcohol, usually strong, sweet and highly flavored.
  • Mash:  Liquid composed of crushed malt or grain stirred with boiling water to create worts.
  • Malt Whiskey:  Distilled from a fermented mash or sugar, which comes from a malt grain, usually barley but could also by rye.
  • Moonshine:  Slang term for high proof distilled spirits. Usually produced secretly out in the woods without government authorization.
  • New American Oak:  Most USA whiskey is aged in New American Oak Barrels. Barrels are usually charred. They have to be fully charred to be a true legal bourbon.
  • Peat:  Sourced from Scotland and found in whisky scotch. Provides an intense smokey flavor.
  • Port:  Any class of very sweet wines, mostly dark red originally from Portugal.
  • Proof:  Measurement of the content of alcohol in alcoholic beverages. ABV is a standard of measure of how much alcohol is contained in a given volume of an alcoholic beverage.
  • Rotgut:  Cheap and inferior liquor
  • Rum:  Alcoholic liquor or spirit distilled from molasses or some other sugar cane product.
  • Rum Rebellion:  Deposition of Governor William Bligh in 1808 by officers of the New South Wales Corps. caused by his interference in their trading activities, especially in the trafficking of rum.
  • Rum Shop:  A tavern or shop selling liquor
  • Vodka:  Unaged, colorless distilled spirit, originally made in Russia.
  • Wash:  Liquid that contains alcohol and is used to distill whiskey.
  • Whiskey:  Distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains are used for different whiskey including barley, corn, rye, and wheat.
  • Whiskey: Means “Water of Life”
  • Whiskey: Whiskey with an E is made in the USA. Without the E it is Scotch so it would be spelled whisky.
  • Worts:  Liquid that drains from the mash and is fermented in the wash.