Spirits 101 Quiz

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Spirits 101 Quiz

Covers basic types and flavors of common spirits.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is a 'spirit?'
    • A. 

      Spirits are distillations of fermented beverages.

    • B. 

      Spirits are liquids that get their character from barrels used to make other alcholic liquids.

    • C. 

      Spirits are any alcoholic beverage that is stronger than 15% Alcohol by Volume [ABV]

    • D. 

      Spirits is the direct translation of "Eau de Vie" into English.

  • 2. 
    Which spirits are colorless immediately after distillation, and which are amber in color? 
    • A. 

      All spirits are colorless immediately after distillation.

    • B. 

      Only Vodkas and Gins are colorless, and the rest are amber.

    • C. 

      Only Whisky is Amber; all the rest are colorless.

    • D. 

      There is no such thing as a clear distillate.

  • 3. 
    Where do brown spirits [dark rum, brandy, whiskey] get their color? 
    • A. 

      Brown Spirits get their color from aging in oak barrels, or from artificial coloring.

    • B. 

      Brown Spirits get color only if the base material was brown to begin with.

    • C. 

      Brown coloring comes from oak aging only.

    • D. 

      Brown spirits get their coloring from lgihtly toasting the distillate, caramelizing the remaining residual sugars.

  • 4. 
    IF a distiller wants to add a flavor to the spirit they can generally use what methods?
    • A. 

      Maceration:

    • B. 

      Infusion

    • C. 

      Percolation

    • D. 

      Straight addition of aritifical flavor

  • 5. 
    How does the 'proof' on the label relate to the 'Alcohol by Volume %'? 
    • A. 

      The Proof is 2x the value of the Alcohol by Volume.

    • B. 

      The Proof is 1/2 x the Alcohol by Volume.

    • C. 

      The Proof is the (Alcohol by Volume x 4)/ 750ml

    • D. 

      The Proof and the Alcohol by Volume are unrelated.

  • 6. 
    'Proof' was a measure created in Britain based on the ability of gunpowder to combust when soaked in the spirit. It remained the common measure of Alcoholic strength until the 1980s.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    What is the Alcohol by Volume range for most spirits?
    • A. 

      30-40%

    • B. 

      40-50%

    • C. 

      50-60%

    • D. 

      60-70%

  • 8. 
    What may vodka be distilled from? 
    • A. 

      Potatoes

    • B. 

      Rye

    • C. 

      Grapes

    • D. 

      Beets

    • E. 

      Molasses

    • F. 

      Tree Sap

    • G. 

      Milk

  • 9. 
    Which country can claim to be the Originator of Gin? 
    • A. 

      Holland

    • B. 

      The United Kingdom

    • C. 

      France

    • D. 

      The Czech Republic

  • 10. 
    How is gin produced? 
    • A. 

      Make a neutral spirit, then flavor it with various Botanicals, always including Juniper.

    • B. 

      Ferment the juice of juniper berries, then age in oak casks for 3 months.

    • C. 

      Neutral spirit is combined with citrus liqueur.

    • D. 

      Gin and vodka share exactly the same production methods.

  • 11. 
    True or false: London Dry gin has to be made in London.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    What is Brandy?  
    • A. 

      A spirit made by distilling fruit wine.

    • B. 

      A Vin de Liqueur.

    • C. 

      A spirit made by fermenting and distilling barley.

    • D. 

      A spirit made by fermenting and distilling corn.

  • 13. 
    The European Union requires any liquid claiming the name "brandy" to be______________. 
    • A. 

      Aged minimum 6 months in oak

    • B. 

      Aged for 5 years

    • C. 

      Distilled four times.

    • D. 

      Filtered thorugh Maplewood Charcoal.

  • 14. 
    Where does the name Brandy come from?
    • A. 

      the Dutch word for burned wine, "Brandewijn."

    • B. 

      The Brand used to mark the oak casks to differentiate it from the wine barrels during overseas shipping.

    • C. 

      Sailors were known to "be Randy" after consuming the liquid.

    • D. 

      Brandy is the name of the commune in Northcentral France where the liquid first became famous.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following are Brandy? 
    • A. 

      Cognac

    • B. 

      Armagnac

    • C. 

      Calvados

    • D. 

      Bourbon

    • E. 

      Pineau de Charentes

    • F. 

      Islay Single Malt

  • 16. 
    What is Cognac? 
    • A. 

      A grape-based brandy from Western France, made from Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard.

    • B. 

      An apple-based brandy from Normandy.

    • C. 

      A corn based spirit from Eastern France.

    • D. 

      A whisky from the Hennesy region of France

  • 17. 
    If a guest asks for Martell, Courvoisier, Remy-Martin, or Hennessy.... they are asking for_______________?  
    • A. 

      Cognac

    • B. 

      Armagnac

    • C. 

      Calvados

    • D. 

      Grand Cru Bordeaux

  • 18. 
    Define "Pommace Spirits."
    • A. 

      Spirits distilled from the wine pressed off of the spent grape solids [known as "pommace"] leftover from a winemaking process.

    • B. 

      French distilled spirits made from potatoes [known in France as "Pomme de Terre"]

    • C. 

      American Fruit brandies, mad efrom any fruit except grapes.

    • D. 

      A Brandy made only from over-ripe, almost rotten Pommaceous fruits [like apples and pears]

  • 19. 
    What is an "Eau-de-Vie?"
    • A. 

      Fruit-based, alembic-pot-still-fermented, unaged brandies.

    • B. 

      White oak aged apple brandies.

    • C. 

      Any distilled spirit.

    • D. 

      Grain based, continuous still, aged brandies.

  • 20. 
    What is Calvados?
    • A. 

      A Brandy from Normandy, France. Made from distilled Apple and Pear ciders.

    • B. 

      An Eau de Vie from Provence, France. Made from 100% pear.

    • C. 

      An oak aged corn wine.

    • D. 

      Black raspberry liqueur, macerated with violets.

  • 21. 
    What is rum? 
    • A. 

      A spirit distilled from fermented cane sugar or molasses.

    • B. 

      A spirit distilled from any agave species.

    • C. 

      A spirit made from a grain base, infused with brown sugar and carribean spices.

    • D. 

      A spirit made from any plant base, filtered through sugarcane charcoal prior to bottling.

  • 22. 
    The color a rum indicates the amount of time it has spent in oak barrel; darker rums have spent more time in oak than lighter rums. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    What is Tequila made from?  
    • A. 

      Distilled from the fermented juice of the cooked pineapple heart of the Blue Agave Plant

    • B. 

      Distilled from the fermented juice of any Agave plant or pineapple relative.

    • C. 

      Distilled from ground-roasted mexican sweet potatoes.

    • D. 

      Distilled from the Nevara Cochiloso, an indigineous Mexican sugarcane.

  • 24. 
    What is the correct order of tequila aging terms, from youngest to oldest? 
    • A. 

      Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo.

    • B. 

      Reposado, Anejo, Blanco

    • C. 

      Anejo, Reposado, Blanco, Extra Blanco

    • D. 

      Extra Anejo, Anejo, reposado, Blanco.

  • 25. 
    Scotch is a type of Whisky that must be produced in Scotland. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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