Grapes vs Grains: The difference between Cognac and WhiskyWritten by David MasifonPosted on 03 07, 2018
Both surprised, Deolu asked, “Why?” The bartender replied, “Because I know you both need a strong drink to numb the stress.”
“So why not offer us just one, rather than the two?” Jamie queried.
“There is beauty in variety, and I wanted to give you the option of choice,” said the bartender.
“What is the difference between Cognac and Whisky?” Deolu bellowed.
Then there was SILENCE as all three had no idea.
Noticing the awkward silence, the www.drinks.ng delivery man offered to help them out.
“Here is the difference between Cognac and Whisky,” he said…
The major difference between the two spirits is that while Cognac is made from grapes, Whisky is made from grains. However, both go through the process of fermentation which converts sugar to alcohol.
Again, both spirits are aged in casks which gives both drinks the required colour, and of course the taste.
Whisky are made from fine grains, mostly barley. The grains are then mixed with water and yeast, before distillation. The distilled spirit then is aged in oak barrels.
Cognac, on the other hand, is made from grapes which are then pressed to extract the juice.The juice is then fermented for about 5 days before distilling. Cognacs go through a double distillation process, before the eaux-de-vie is stocked in oak casks to age.
How long do both age?
Cognacs are usually aged for at least a period of 2 1/2 years, and can take up to 200 years for some. For whisky, no precise age is given for aging any particular whisky, but most of the high-end whisky have been stored for up to 18 years.
However, UK and EU law insist that Scotch Whisky should be at least three years old.
While cognac uses age terms like VOP, VS, VSOP or XO, Whiskey shows the exact age of its content: for example 3, 5, 10, 12 or 15 years.
Any difference in drinking Cognac and Whisky?
Cognac is seen more like a ‘digestif’ – that drink you take as dessert after having a sumptuous dinner, Whisky is not seen in such a cliche and conservative light.
While cognac maybe taken along with coffee, one may drink a whiskey with water. Many consider it inappropriate to splash a little water in cognac. The explanation being that because Cognac is made from fruits and Whisky from grains, the structure is different and one may not tolerate water as the other would.
Well, while water may not be good for cognac, no need to worry as it is fast (re)becoming a cocktail drink, having been a huge ingredient for cocktails in the past.
There is already a long list of cocktails that one can make with cognac, and bartenders are already playing around with it. Not saying cocktails cannot be made with whisky though.
One more thing – Whisky or Whiskey?
“How about the difference between Whiskey and Whisky?” Deolu was curious to know.
The difference in the spelling is tied to the location of distilling: Whisky comes from Scotland, Japan or Canada – and whiskey comes from Ireland and the United States. That simple right?
So back to Jamie, Deolu and the Bartender!
Both gentlemen did settle to enjoy their Cognac and Whisky, while the Bartender went ahead to alert his manager to order more bottles from www.drinks.ng