Can You Guess What Countries These Liquor Brands Are From?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Ready to have a roaring good time? Prepare yourself for a palette-pleasing quiz on some of the most distinguished liquor brands around. Cheers!

Each year the booming liquor industry churns out an array of spirits. The very best of these have gained the status of cultural icons both in their home countries and abroad. From vodkas and cognacs to tequilas and whiskeys, it turns out, some countries just simply do them better than others. 

Take Scotland, for instance. Many of its distilleries were founded over a century ago and the legacy of their brews is rooted in the history of Scottish clans. Closely guarded recipes for these exceptional beverages are handed down from one generation to the next. Do you know all the ones which are global best-sellers? We're sure you'll spot them right away!

Just like Scotland, France and Mexico also have their own signature brews. Those are fairly easy to single out, but do you know which country lays claim to a clear-white brew that dates back to before the 14th century? If you don't, once you see our chosen premium examples, you are sure to figure it out - so belly up to the quiz now!

Whether you like to indulge or not, you're still certain to know and easily identify these stalwarts among alcoholic beverages. It's pinning them to their country of origin that will be the real kicker! Allow us to refresh your glass of alcohol knowledge - take the quiz now!

The Smirnoff brand was first produced in 1831 at a vodka distillery in Moscow, Russia. While Smirnoff is currently made in several other countries and distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide, the brand is now owned by Diageo, a British multinational company which specializes in alcoholic beverages.

British multinational company, Diageo, owns the Johnnie Walker Scotch whiskey brand. The popularity of Johnnie Walker is unquestioned, with the spirit being available in almost every country, outperforming all of its competitors.

More than 250 years ago, Irishman Richard Hennessy founded the Hennessy cognac brand in France where he served as a soldier in King Louis XV’s army. The brand has grown to take a strong hold on the global cognac industry, accounting for more than 40 percent of the world’s cognac sales.

Bacardi may have had its start in Cuba more than 150 years ago, but today the hugely successful brand is headquartered in Bermuda. Although you won’t find any Bacardi products in Cuba, the company’s flagship product (Bacardi white rum) and more than 200 of its other brands are available in more than 150 countries.

Since 1879 Swedes (and now thankfully the rest of the world) have been treated to Absolut Vodka’s signature taste. Currently ranked as third largest among the world’s brands of alcoholic spirits, Absolut is only surpassed by Bacardi and Smirnoff.

This Tennessee whiskey has gained status as the best-selling American whiskey brand in the world. This whiskey's “home ground” of Moore County, Tennessee, is legally a dry county and does allow sales of alcohol (including the legendary Jack Daniel’s) at any of its stores or restaurants.

“To Life, Love and Loot,” that’s the slogan aptly chosen for this Jamaican brand of rum. The name, Captain Morgan, refers to the famously infamous pirate Sir Henry Morgan who was known all too well in the waters of the Caribbean during the 17th century. The Captain Morgan brand is owned by global giant, Diageo.

Thought of as the vodka of choice of the rich and famous, Grey Goose has earned the image of being the drink to order if you are aspiring to join the ranks of the elite. Just be sure you have deep pockets, however, as this French vodka will run you up to five times what its competitors go for!

Luzhou Laojiao combines the unmistakable taste of fermented peaches with the special flavors imparted by the well water in its formula and the clay soil surroundings in which brewing takes place. China’s Luzhou Laojiao holds the distinction of being one of the oldest liquors still in production in the country.

This prominent Chivas Brothers brand of Scotch whiskey is produced at the Strathisla distillery (established 1786) in Scotland. When it comes to sales, Chivas Regal leads the pack of internationally available whiskey with its sales outpacing all others in both Europe and Asia Pacific regions.

As a Scandinavian country, you would expect Finland to have some pretty amazing glaciers. Turns out, those glaciers are so amazing that world-renowned Finlandia vodka is made from glacial spring water. Lovers of Finlandia’s fruity flavors will be glad to know that Finlandia vodka is available in more than 130 countries.

Ketek One vodka is made at the Nolet Distillery in South Holland, Netherlands. Its flavor comes from using 100 percent wheat, copper pot stills and charcoal filtration. It seems the makers of Ketel One prefer to let the drink’s distinctive flavor speak for itself, so while Ketel One is sold in more than 20 countries, it is only advertised in the U.S.

This Canadian whiskey brand is owned by the British company, Diageo, and is currently the best-selling Canadian whiskey in U.S markets. Introduction of Crown Royal took place in 1939 to coincide with the visit of the British monarchs to Canada. The aptly named Crown Royal whiskey (a blend of 50 whiskeys) was presented as a gift to the Royals​.

Worldwide conglomerate Pernod Ricard of France currently owns the Ballantine’s brand. Ballantine’s range of blended Scotch whiskeys dates back to 1827 to a father and son operation in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company grew rapidly and later expanded to Glasgow and Dumbarton.

Moutai is a type of baijiu – a strong, clear-white Chinese distilled drink. Moutai is made from fermented sorghum and has been around since the Qing Dynasty (1644 –1912). Its name comes from a town in the Guizhou province of southwestern China.

Baileys Irish Cream is manufactured by Gilbeys of Ireland and distributed by Diageo. This distinctive Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur comes in a variety of flavors, including Original, Mint Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice.

Patrón tequila (like all other tequilas) is a Mexican alcoholic drink produced from the blue agave plant. It has recently developed a reputation of being trendy and a choice of the elite, thanks in part to a deliberate marketing strategy by the company.

Yanghe is a type of baijiu with what is described as a “thick fragrance.” The Yanghe Distillery is located in Suqian, China – an area which its website calls “the birthplace of Chinese liquor.”

The Jim Beam brand of bourbon whiskey is produced by Beam Suntory of Clermont, Kentucky. Jim Beam’s acclaimed lineup of spirits includes straight bourbon whiskeys, ultra-premium bourbons and liqueurs, among others.

German Jägermeister is a digestif – a liqueur served after a meal. Jägermeister’s unique taste and dark brown color comes from its blend of 56 herbs, fruits, roots and spices.

Fernet-Branca is a sharply bitter amaro (Italian herbal liqueur used as an after-dinner digestif). The Fernet-Branca brand of amaro was first produced in Milan, Italy, in 1845 and today it is made using the same recipe.

The Scottish distillery which fist produced Grant’s blended Scotch whiskey was founded by William Grant, a cow herder/bookkeeper. With the help of his seven sons and two daughters, Grant built a distillery business which today is still run by his descendants and holds the distinction of being Scotland’s oldest continuously family-run, blended whiskey maker.

Wuliangye is a Chinese baijiu (a strong, clear-white distilled beverage) which is made from a blend of wheat, maize, rice and millet. Its name actually means “Five grains liquid.” The recipe for Wuliangye can be easily traced back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) but is thought to have actually originated before that time.

Rémy Martin’s Cognac Fine Champagne has a long and illustrious history within the Cognac region of southwestern France. The company was founded in 1724 by winegrower Rémy Martin and today, its parent company, Rémy Cointreau, is renowned for the excellent cognacs, liqueurs and spirits it produces.

The best-selling tequila in the world, Jose Cuervo is made be a family-run business in central Mexico. The company can boast that its founder, Jose Antonio de Cuervo y Valdes, was the very first person to make tequila, which he began producing in 1758.

In 1780, an Irish lawyer and his son (both named John Jameson) began production of Jameson Irish Whiskey at the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin on Ireland’s east coast. The business was moved to the university city of Cork in southwest Ireland in 1976, but its products are still of the highest quality, routinely topping international awards presentations.

Unlike most other vodkas which are made from fermented and distilled potatoes or grains, Cîroc uses grapes in its vodka-making process. The select grapes are distilled five times to give Cîroc its characteristic flavor. Entertainer Sean "Diddy" Combs has partnered with the company for marketing and promotion of Cîroc.

Ruang Khao is produced by ThaiBev of Bangkok, Thailand. It is one of four sugar cane spirits distilled by the company. Ruang Khao is a clear white rum made from molasses – the thick, dark-brown juice obtained during the refining of sugar.

This French blended Scotch whiskey has been produced in Scotland since 1896 and has risen to become the country’s best selling whiskey. In keeping with its name, The Famous Grouse uses the Scottish national game bird, the Red Grouse, as its emblem.

Martell cognac is manufactured by one of the oldest cognac houses (founded 1715) still in operation today. The company’s products include the Martell Cordon Bleu, Martell VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) and Martell Noblige.

Campari America, a division of the Campari Group (Milan, Italy) is the current producer of SKYY vodka. Production of the original, unflavored SKYY vodka began in 1992, and the company has since introduced a line of fruit-flavored SKYY infusion beverages.

Founded in 1998, Russian Standard is now regarded as a stalwart among Russian premium vodkas. The Russian Standard Original vodka is made from winter wheat that is distilled four times and then undergoes four rounds of charcoal filtration.

J&B Rare blended Scotch whiskey combines malt, spice, fruits and grains to create a “light-colored and light-bodied” drink with a “fresh, grassy and nutty” aroma. As a blended Scotch whiskey, J&B Rare can boast that its unique taste is derived from blending more than 40 individual whiskeys.

The Imperial Blue brand of Indian whiskey is also known as Seagram's Imperial Blue, but often simply goes by IB. Currently manufactured and distributed by Pernod Ricard, Imperial Blue is made with Indian grain spirits and imported scotch malts. Its smooth blend has placed it among the best-sellers in India’s premium-blend whiskey market.

This coconut-flavored liqueur from West Indies Rum Distillery, Ltd is made using Caribbean rum. When it was first introduced, Malibu was produced in Curaçao, but production has since been moved to Barbados. While coconut is the original flavor, the company makes other fruit flavors, such as pineapple, passion fruit and mango.

This well-known cinnamon-flavored Canadian whiskey was only recently rebranded as “Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.” From its introduction in 1984 to 2007, it was known as “Dr. McGillicuddy's Fireball Whisky.”

Havana Club is a Cuban rum which was first introduced in 1934. The brand has been state-owned since the Cuban Revolution of 1959. While Havana Club rum is available globally, it is not sold in the U.S.

Ricard is a pastis – an aperitif (served before meals) flavored with both anise and licorice. It was first created in 1932 by 23-year-old Paul Ricard, who went on to become a pastis pioneer. Ricard has become the leader in the pastis industry, thanks greatly to its creator who is quoted as saying, “When it came to my dreams, I never held back.”

Thomas "Tom" Parr is often referred to as the “oldest man in England” and is thought to have been born in 1483 and lived to be 152 years old. It is after him that this blended Scotch whiskey is named. Grand Old Parr was introduced in 1909 and has risen to be among the most sought-after brands in its category.

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