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Certified Specialist Of Spirits

Subject : certifications
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. In whiskey - 'mash' refers to...






2. The initial distillation to separate alcohol vapors from water yields...






3. The two distinct families of Brandy are...






4. The great majority of tequilas consumed outside of Mexico are termed...






5. In Cognac - the first distillation produces what is referred to in French as __________________.






6. The primary flavoring agent for Sloe Gin is...






7. The historic trade pattern of Rum from the Caribbean colonies to the U.S. to Africa was referred to as...






8. The harvested stem of the agave is called a cabeza or...






9. The agave is classified in plant terminology as a...






10. 'Overproof Rum' is an official classification that requires a minimum bottling proof of...






11. Barrel aged Rum may lose up to _________ a year of product to evaporation in the hotter producing areas.






12. In the United States - a 'straight bourbon' must remain in a new - charred oak barrel for a minimum of________ years...






13. If a Rum is produced in the Agricole tradition - it must...






14. Water boils at 212 F. At about what temperature will ethyl alcohol boil?






15. Throughout history a great stone wheel was used to separate the fibrous pulp from the agave. This wheel is called the...






16. Caramelized oak sugars from toasting or charring a barrel come primarily from the...






17. The 'New World' styles of whiskey showcase the impact of...






18. The blue agave is reproduced commercially through asexual reproduction and will be ready for harvest in...






19. The French designation for a pomace brandy is...






20. A product listed as '90 Proof' would be equivalent to...






21. If 'dunder' and 'skimmings' are introduced during the rum production process - it must be...






22. A Tennessee whiskey is different from a bourbon whiskey because it is...






23. The non-distilled beverage alcohol crafted from agave is called...






24. The process step in which the inulin is converted to fermentable sugars is called...






25. Missionaries brought distilling technology to Ireland in the 5th century - calling the product 'Uisge Beatha' - meaning...






26. Spain produces and consumes large quantities of gin. What is the most prevalent gin style in Spain?






27. Prior to harvesting an agave plant for tequila a necessary step is to...






28. Brandy made by the Solera Process...






29. If an American whiskey is labeled 'Straight' - what does that signify?






30. The extracted and cooked sap of the harvested agave is called...






31. Vodka is distilled to a very high proof level because producers want...






32. Sambuca liqueur can be made...






33. What are the five requirements for Bourbon Whiskey?






34. In the U.S. - Brandy must achieve a minimum bottling of 80 proof (40% abv). In Europe - the minimum strength at bottling is...






35. EU Brandy rules stipulate that brandy aged in oak barrels or casks...






36. The first New World spirit category to be developed commercially is...






37. The term 'beverage' is derived from the Latin bibere - meaning...






38. For rums - U.S. recognizes only Anejo designation at a...






39. Non-alcoholic beverages - such as beer and wine may contain no more than_____ percent alcohol by Volume (abv).






40. 'Mixto Tequila' requires a minimum content of ________ agave.






41. The least costly method of producing liqueurs is...






42. Holland became famous for what type of liqueur...






43. In Rum production - a finished product may be the result of...






44. Cordial is derived from the Latin word 'cordialis' meaning...






45. Distillation of Rum from 'beer' will form new congeners as a result of...






46. Armagnac may be the result of a single distillation in a...






47. Which of the following is NOT a cold extraction method...






48. If an age statement for barrel aging is stated on the label it signifies...






49. Vodka regulations require distillation at 190 Proof or higher because...






50. Scotch whisky requires a longer maturation than its bourbon cousin because...