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Gary Spadafore CSS, CWE, Director of Education at Breakthru Beverage Arizona, Uncommon Spirits from Well-known Brands, Part 2
Is gin flavored vodka? Is vodka unflavored gin? And what’s with having a proof and an alcohol by volume percentage on every bottle of spirits? These are some of the pressing behind-the-bar issues that spirits expert, Gary Spadafore (who created the Certified Specialist of Spirits credential for the Society of Wine Educators with Woodford Reserve distiller, Chris Morris), answers in this second part of Uncommon Spirits From Well-Known Brands. “Both are correct,” Spadafore answered the vodka/gin issue. "It’s a neutral spirit. They’ll never call it vodka, but they’re distilling it the same way. The definition of neutral is just distilled at over 190-proof.”