8 Liquor Lies You’ve Always Been Told

Absinthe Is Hallucinogenic
Authorities previously banned absinthe for its allegedly hallucinogenic properties. However, recent studies show that current and pre-ban absinthes absolutely don’t contain hallucinogens, opiates, or other psychoactive substances.

Rum Is a Caribbean/West Indian Spirit
Even before the American Revolution, dozens of rum distilleries were already in existence in New England. According to rum expert Wayne Curtis, this misinformed piece of knowledge was perhaps due to the fact that the Caribbean is rum’s commercial birthplace.

In modern times, lots of craft distillers make distinctive rums all across North America, from Boston to Hawaii to New Orleans.

You Should Drink Scotch Whiskey Straight
There’s no single way to drink Scotch whiskey, as you can enjoy it anyway you like straight, on the rocks, or with soda, green tea, or even coconut water. And, according to leading scotch authority Charles MacLean, you can fully appreciate the taste of whiskey by ditching the ice and trying a little water, which opens up its aroma and taste.

All Vodka Is the Same
There are many types of vodka, as each spirit’s reflects where that particular type came from. For instance, traditional vodkas from Eastern Europe are more assertive and robust because of the use of raw ingredients.

Western Europe, on the other hand, produces a softer type of vodka with less of a bite.

All Bourbon Is Made in Kentucky
It is true that 95 percent of bourbons in the world come from Kentucky, at least according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. But there are really no restrictions regarding places in the United States where you can distill alcohol.

There are bourbons manufactured in plenty of other parts of the country, such as in New York and Chicago.

Gin Is a British Thing
Britain is famous for gins, but this alcohol actually came from Belgium or Holland, where people first distilled juniper liquor to make gin. In fact, during the Thirty Years’ War, English soldiers saw Dutch soldiers strengthening themselves for battle by drinking genever, a type of Dutch gin.

Prohibition Made Canadian Whiskey
Within a 10-year period during the Prohibition, Harry Hatch, a salesman, was able to buy four of the five largest Canadian distilleries, and had the means to sell Canadian whiskey to the U.S. illegally. The fact that a salesman had the ability to buy these distilleries goes to show that times were not that good, even when some Canadian whiskey found its way into the U.S.

Tequila Is Just Cactus Juice
Tequila is actually made from the agave plant, which somehow looks like cactus because of its pointy needles and sharp leaves. In spite of its physical resemblance to cacti, the agave plant is from a different botanical order, asparagales, making it a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree.

The best tequilas are said to come from decade-old agave plants.

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