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Have You Tried the World’s Most Popular Alcohol?

Jinro is a brand of a South Korean liquor called Soju. Producing 161 million gallons (608 million L) annually Jinro is also the most sold spirit in the world. In fact, it outsells Smirnoff, Bacardi, and Johnnie Walker combined!

Traditionally, Soju is a drink that starts out as rice wine (much like Sake) before getting distilled into a liquor. Today stage 1 of Soju is made not only with rice, but alternatively wheat, barley, potatoes, sweet potatoes, or tapioca.

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New Gins That Aren’t Pine-y

Gin has come a very long way since you tried sneaking some from your grandparents’ spice cabinet, and you are certainly not alone if you did not care for the overwhelming pine tree flavor.

The European Union requires that all Gin made under its domain taste like that. In recent years Gin makers on other continents have been toying with the ingredients, and many of them do not even taste remotely of Pinesol!

Los Apóstoles is a gin made in Argentina, and instead of just the Juniper Berries (that give traditional gin its pine tree flavor) this beautiful spirit is made with coriander seeds, peppermint, eucalyptus, yerba mate, and pink grapefruit.

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Some Yeasts Make More Booze Than Others

Each of the hundreds of different yeast strains used to make booze impart different characteristics on the final product. For instance, the two yeasts predominantly used in making Hefeweizen-style beers give the brew with either Banana or Bubble Gum flavors.

All yeast do share a common trait that they end up dying of alcohol-poisoning once they produce too much of it—although the lethal concentration again varies from strain to strain.

Spanish wine makers add Brandy to a white wine to create Sherry. This higher ABV spirit kills off some yeast so that the Flor and Velum strains (tolerant of higher alcohol levels) will thrive and impart their characteristics alone.

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