In Nigeria lot of Whiskey or Vodka drinkers don’t really know the difference between the two. This post will help you to know the difference between them.
Alcoholic drinks serve a variety of purposes today. It is present at almost every event such as a party or a get-together. It can also be served as an ice breaker on a new date or as many people claim it helps drown out sorrows and other worries. They have practically become the main part of our culture. However, each of the drink differs in terms of flavor, appearance, the process of making, etc.
In Nigeria, there are lots of whiskey brands already in the markets and more new brands are being introduced. We will help you with some of the top whisky and vodka brands you can find in Nigeria.
Whiskey or whisky is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from any form of fermented grain mash. Depending on the geographical region or type of whiskey that is being made, whiskey can be made from barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn. They are often aged in charred barrels.
According to Wikipedia, the word ‘whiskey’ is the anglicization of the Gaelic word ‘uisce|uisge’ meaning “water”. Distilled water was known in Latin as aqua vitae meaning “water of life”. The process of distillation can be dated back to the Greeks in Alexandria around the 3rd century AD; however, they did not distill alcohol only spirits for fragrance purposes. The distillation process was passed down through the ages of Italy in the 13th century AD where the first distillation process of alcohol took place and alcohol was distilled from wine. The alcohol was originally used for medicinal purposes before it becomes consumable as a beverage. Whiskey first becomes popular as a beverage in Scotland before it spread to other neighboring countries.
There are various different types of whiskey and they differ in terms of the base product, alcoholic content, and quality. The main two types include malt whisky and grain whisky.
Malt whisky is made primarily from malted barley, while grain whisky is made from any type of grain. Malting is when the grain is put under the process of germination. Germination requires the barley to be placed in water for a certain amount of time and being constantly turned to ensure proper soaking.
Whisky is not quite popular among Nigerians and but here are 5 of the best Whisky brands in Nigeria.
Scots Highland Whisky
Scots highland whisky is the Pioneer Blend highly versatile and with universal appeal, it has a bold flavor that shines through even when mixed.
A Whisky is full of character which takes you on a journey of over a century’s tradition of brewing in the Scottish highland. This Blended Scotch Whisky Produced and blended by master blenders in time-honored tradition for over 100 years.
An irresistible and seamless blend of flavors that are clear and easy to distinguish. A smooth mellow blend with flavors and aromas of raisin and honey with a hint of orange peel and wild thyme. The flavors blend well, with none of them overwhelming the mix.
J&B Rare Scotch Whisky
J&B Rare Scotch Whisky has a golden amber color; light peat, smoke/iodine nose, and the flavor are dry, with a clean style, and crisp finish.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an unrivaled masterpiece. It is an exquisite blend made from some of ScotlandÂ’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies. Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character, and flavor to deliver theÂ’ remarkable signature taste of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
William Lawson’s is a classic blended Scotch whisky created in 1849. It is sweet with a medium-bodied flavor. Nothing should come between men and this whisky. No peaty overtones or smoky aroma. Also, no bouncer saying we’re wearing the wrong shoes. Nothing should stop us from enjoying its big, bold fruity flavor.
Jack Daniel’s Old No 7
The Jack Daniels Old No. 7 has aromas of vanilla, corn, caramel, banana, and toffee. Accessible and smooth, this whiskey is a must-have at your bar and home. It is the original all-conquering cola-friendly colossus for every whiskey lover and commands a legion of fans worldwide.
Vodka is a distilled spirit that is composed of water and ethanol. It is made by distilling juices from various fermented substances such as grains, potatoes, and sometimes sugar or fruit. The distillation from sugar and fruit is also sold as flavored vodka. Vodkas were introduced in the United States after the 1940s, before this time it was sold in countries such as Belarusian, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. The traditional vodkas are 40% alcohol by volume (ABV) or 80 proof. In the European Union, requires vodkas to have a minimum of 37.5% ABV for any “European vodka” to be known as vodka. The United States requires a minimum of 30%.
The term ‘vodka’ is derived from the Slavic word voda (water) and is often believed to refer to vodka as little water due to its clear color. Traditionally, vodka was a drink that was expected to be consumed neat (without any additives) in the vodka belt countries of Eastern Europe. However, these days vodka plays the main ingredient in many cocktails including Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Sex on the Beach, Moscow Mule, White Russian, Black Russian, etc. It can also be consumed with soft drinks or is often great for mixing with gin and tonic.
Vodka is quite popular among Nigerians and here are 5 of the best-loved Vodka brands in Nigeria.
Magic moments luxury vodka takes many Nigerians to a whole new magical world. Launched in 2006, Magic Moments Vodka is top of its category and has won 36 international awards, not only for its standard variant but also its six flavors. Blended with the richest and finest grains Magic Moments is defined by its remarkable heritage and premium ingredients. The smooth triple distilled vodka is a certified favorite and can be found in various bars and the shelves of various supermarkets.
Ciroc is a famous brand of ultra-premium vodka that is manufactured and sold by Diageo. The product is highly unique from other brands of vodka in the sense that it uses grapes as a basic ingredient rather than wheat, potatoes, or corn. The vodka is 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof), and usually available in 750ml to 1.75L sized bottles. There are currently eight flavors for customers to choose from, and the variety that Ciroc provides makes it a highly sought after drink. Ciroc vodka is the choice for premium smooth tasting sweet vodka that is unlike any other on the market.
Skyy Vodka is a popular brand of vodka produced in the United States. It comes in over 20 flavors and its price is quite affordable, making it the first choice for those who might not want to splurge on an expensive bottle of vodka but still get high-quality vodka. Although the price is low, the taste is not. The Skyy range is quadruple distilled and triple filtered for a clean taste. In 2008, Skyy expanded the Skyy Vodka line with seventeen new flavors, referred to as Skyy Infusions. These Skyy Infusions are made with real fruit. Some of the flavors currently sold include citrus, pineapple, blood orange, vodka infused with Moscato grape, wild strawberry, Georgia peach, vanilla bean, cherry, dragon fruit, raspberry, passion fruit, coconut, and grape.
Absolut is the third largest brand of alcoholic spirits in the world after Bacardi and Smirnoff. It is quite popular among Nigerians. Absolut Vodka has a rich flavor, is smooth and mellow with a distinct character of grain. Absolut Vodka is great neat and ice-cold, on the rocks or as a base for hundreds of drinks and cocktails.
Grey Goose is one of the most popular luxury vodka brands known for its excellent quality. The vodka is clean and fresh, with a smooth, creamy texture. Grey Goose comes in different exotic flavors and is made up of 95% vodka and 5% Cognac. It is a top choice for many Nigerians.
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