Hi everyone !
exceptionally we will speak in french today because we are
with Morgan VS who is a French Youtuber
and I don't speak English, it's complicated for me
but it's all right because
we are going to talk about "Le Nuancier des Alcools" which is the latest book from La Maison du Whisky
it's written in French and we will talk a little bit about it
You wrote it ?
Yes I did
What is Le Nuancier ? It's not a book, it's more of an educational tool
and the idea is to have a page for
each category of alcohol, it can be wine, beer
spirits, liquors etc.. and then to compare. So for example : whisky
Morgan, do you know the difference between scotch and bourbon ?
Between scotch and bourbon ? Too easy Didier ! Hmmm.. actually I don't know, I have no idea
Both are whiskies
Ok ! it's really usefull ! So, both are whiskies so maybe
the difference is the area of production. Scotch for Scotland
and Bourbon from the USA
Excactly but it's not the only difference
the raw material for scotch whisky can be malted barley for single malt
or other cereals in blends or grain whisky
In the USA, they use corn, rye and other cereals
they blend the cereals together before fermentation
they call it the Mashbill, we did a video on this topic, you can see it on this channel
Ok ! And if we do a blind test
can you recognize a bourbon from a scotch ?
Yes, if you're used to tasting them...
So you have the habit of drinknig ? That's what you're telling us ? But ok, go ahead
I know you are close to your community, explain us your problems
Ok, more seriously, I have no idea
first the raw material is different, the corn is sweeter
and a bourbon is exclusively aged in new oak barrel. We talked together of
the charred barrels which are burnt inside
so the taste is more woody, rich and round for american whiskey
meanwhile Scotch whisky is drier. So they are the two main categories
but you can also find whisky from Canada, Japan, from all over the world
And do you know the difference between a Cognac and an Armagnac ?
No, I don't know
Do you have a preference ?
I prefer Cognac, that's what I like. And I'm a Calvados connoisseur
Calvados is the only alcohol that I master
Do you come from Normandy ?
Not at all ! But I love apples
Between Cognac and Armagnac, I know that Armagnac is not my cup of tea
I prefer Cognac but I'm not an expert
the difference between them is the production area, Cognac is produced around Cognac and the Armagnac in an other area
the raw material is the same : grapes
but there is more diversity in the grapes for Armagnac
For the Cognac they blend, it's the art of blending
they blend several vintages to obtain something consistent
So if you like a specific brand of cognac
it will be always the same
I only know brands like Rémy Martin
There are four main producers of Cognac
I tasted the Louis XIII
Nice ! In one of your videos ?
Yes ! It's one of the most expensive Cognacs in the world, right ?
But it's tough for me, my palate is not used to this kind of things
So, can we consider that Cognac and Armagnac are digestives ?
Traditionnaly, yes. Now Cognac is trying to reach out to cocktails
in order to widen their audience
All the production is sold at the USA or in China, we don't drink a lot of Cognac in France
Only 2% of the production is sold in France
Amagnac is more local. They are more
on the diversity of terroir, different grape varieties, they often bottle vintage Armagnac
Ok ! And so, with Le Nuancier, if I search for an alcohol, you explain everthing about it.
There is a page for Cognac and another for Amagnac
Maturation, bottling, tasting note, service recommendations..
You wrote it ?
Yes I did, it's not like a classic book, only the ten first pages are really written out
to explain the major concepts
On the other pages, there are clear and short explanations and pictograms
Great ! Mezcal !
So at the bottom of the page you have the name of the alcohol
So when you know everything in this book, you can show off with your friends! Do you boast yourself sometimes ?
Because you know everything about alcohol ?
Well, I'm known to be Mister Alcohol with my friends
And you are also an educator so it's easy for you
We did a video on Morgan's channel about gin
So here you can find a Gin page
Morgan, do you know the difference between a gin and a vodka ? We will see if you learned something
You told me that we use a vodka to make a gin
we use a neutral alcohol
and then we add some flavours like citrus, spices etc
Yes, it's more or less a perfumed vodka
In both case, we start with a neutral alcohol
a neutral alcohol is distilled at
a very very high level of alcohol, it's almost only ethanol, so 96% ABV
That's what you like, right ? You told me that before we start filming
To do some shots yes !
No, more seriously, with neutral alcohol, you can dilute it to obtain a vodka
you can distill it again if you want something more pure
and to make a gin, we add some flavours like juniper but also
citrus like you said, spices etc..
There is something that I would like to know, what is the difference between a Tequila and a Mezcal ?
We often simplify by saying that a mezcal is a smoked tequila
And it's not the case ?
Well, in the process of production for mezcal
there are more artisanal producers
For the Tequila it's often bigger companies, so modern production methods. Meanwhile for mezcal they use ancestral methods
agaves are cooked in underground ovens
so you'll have this smoky taste and that's not the only difference, they use different kinds of agave
the production areas are different
it's a little bit like an AOC, official appellation
So for you, mezcal is better ? compared to Tequila ?
Is it more genuine for you ?
Non, I would say that Mezcal - Tequila is like Cognac and Armagnac
For the Tequila they try to keep a consistent profile
Mezcal is more craft, you have huge differences between the producers
The Mezcal is less known !
Yes ! Definitely less known
You can find some in very good cocktail bars
But there is not a classic cocktail made with mezcal. Normally you drink it neat
I personnaly know tequila for shots, but I don't know any brand or company in particular
except the San José (low quality tequila)
A lot of people don't like tequila just because of these brands!
All of us have already tried this kind of tequila
In tequila you have two main categories. First, the "mixtos"
for mixtos, it's not 100% of agave, you also have other raw material
and then you have the 100% agave, which is super nice !
I want to try it ! You make me thirsty ! We will do that at the end of the video
And finally sake. I know you did a video with Youlin on this topic
Before, for me, like the majority of the people
we grew up with the following idea : that sake is a spirit at 40% of alcohol that you drink at the end of a Chinese buffet
with the small glass
Yes, with a naked girl painted inside, you can say it
And I learned with Youlin that
sake is like a wine made with rice
and you drink it while you are eating
it's exactly like wine
I did a full meal drinking sake
and it was wonderfull ! Generally the sake is at 17% ABV maximum
Yes, the strongest ones are at 18 or 19% ABV
But generally its around 15% to 16% ABV
So, I really enjoyed the sake, it was a great discovery for me
Le Nuancier is classified by categories, and we start with the fermented alcohols
like beer and wine, and that's the category where we will find sake
So, with the classification alone, we already know that sake is not a distilled alcohol
Distilled alcohols come later of the book, like whiskies, rums, vodkas, gins...
and we end with macerated alcohols, like gins
vermouths, bitters and anise-flavoured alcohols like Ricard
I can't stand it !
Really ? Have you ever tried absinthe ?
I did a video about it and it wasn't a good moment for me
I don't like the taste of anise. I did a video about absinthe
and I threw up at 6, 8 and 10 p.m . I swear, it was a 89% ABV absinthe from Spain
You shouldn't drink Spanish absinthe
It wasn't the best choice of my life, it was tough for me and my team
Do you like abstinthe?
I love it ! I come from a french area called Jura
"I love it" he says!
this alcool makes me crazy !
But please tell me you drank it with water right?
Ah ! Because you need to dilute it !
I don't like Pastis, but the only way for me to drink it is neat
Ok ! strange, but ok !
It's weird, isn't it ?
But with water, I don't like it..
I drink Pastis neat, so I did the same for absinthe, but I quickly understood my mistake
after 2 or 3 glups I told myself that it will be a complicated video shoot, when it's at 90% ABV...
But absinthe was forbidden for a while in France, wasn't it ?
Yes it was, because winemakers wanted people to drink more wine
so the wine lobbies moved to outlaw absinthe
they said that there is too much Thuyone, which is a molecule that
we can find in absinthe, but also in Chartreuse
and other alcohols. They did some analyses and decided that there was too much thuyone
Ok ! interesting !
Thanks for coming !
My pleasure ! Huge pleasure !
We did a video together, so don't hesitate to watch it on Morgan's channel
It was great !
It's about gin, we selected some nice gins to make gin tonics
It was great ! You did some nice cocktails !
Well, it is easy to do a gin and tonic
You perfectly know the alcohols, and you perfectly know how to drink them !
Ahah thanks ! I have experience !
So, a little question for you
Do you know the difference between a pisco from Peru and from Chile ?
Obviously, the origin
but there are a lot a differences. I did two pages, one for each in Le Nuancier
How do you spell "pisco" ?
Pisco : P-I-S-C-O
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See you next time ! Thanks again !
My pleasure Didier ! Thank you everybody !