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distilled spirits, also called distilled liquor, alcoholic beverage (such as brandy, whisky, rum, or arrack) that is obtained by distillation from wine or other fermented fruit or plant juice or from a starchy material (such as various grains) that has first been brewed. The alcoholic content of distilled liquor is higher than that of beer or wine.
The production of distilled spirits is based upon fermentation, the natural process of decomposition of organic materials containing carbohydrates. It occurs in nature whenever the two necessary ingredients, carbohydrate and yeast, are available. Yeast is a vegetative microorganism that lives and multiplies in media containing carbohydrates—particularly simple sugars. It has been found throughout the world, including frozen areas and deserts.
Shipman, F. M. & Thomas, A.T. (n.d.). distilled spirit. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/distilled-spirit Accessed on 23 June 2022.
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SIC 2085: Distilled and Blended Liquors - Encyclopedia of American Industries (Vol. 1: Manufacturing Industries. 6th ed.)
This category includes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing alcoholic liquors by distillation and in manufacturing cordials and alcoholic cocktails by blending, processing, or mixing liquors and other ingredients. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing industrial alcohol are classified in SIC 2869: Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified, and those bottling purchased liquors are classified in SIC 5182: Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages.
Distilled Spirits - Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing (Vol. 1. )
Spirits are beverages that contain purified ethyl alcohol—purified and potable ethanol. They are made from a fermented mash of grains, fruits, or vegetables. Such beverages are low in sugar and contain at least 35 percent alcohol by volume. Examples of distilled spirits include brandy, gin, tequila, vodka, and whiskey. Such drinks are referred to by a number of terms, including distilled beverages, liquor, hard liquor, mixed drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Distilled beverages do not include wine or beer.