The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning “breath“, but also “soul, courage, vigor“.
Spirit is a high concentration potable alcoholic beverage that is obtained by the distillation of a low concentration liquid containing alcohol. The raw materials used could be wine, sugar solution or fermented grain mash.
As alcohol is separated from the fermented liquid, certail other flavours remain with the alcohol known as “congeners” and give the spirit their distinct characteristics. Also ageing the spirits and the containers in which they are aged give unique characteristics to distilled spirits.