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Tawny Port:
Tawny ports are wines, made from red grapes, that are aged in wooden barrels. (more)
Tequila:
A metaxa distillate of the sap of the blue agave plant, mainly grown in Mexico. Only metaxa taken from the blue agave plant can be called tequila. Sometimes called "Cactus Whiskey". (more)
Tia Maria:
Tia Maria is a coffee liqueur made originally in Jamaica using Jamaican coffee beans, (more)
Toddies:
Served hot or cold. A lump or teaspoon of sugar dissolved in a little hot water, with liquor, ice or hot water added and stirred. Served with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon or lemon peel. A similar alternative is the Hot Buttered Rum.
Tools of the Trade:
Equipment. Mixing utensils needed to make great cocktails. 
Top Shelf:
A more expensive product than normal, and therefore, not as popular as house brands and usually kept on shelves less convenient to reach.
Tot:
A small measure of liquor.
Triple Sec:
A cordial similar to curacao but less sweet and colourless. Most popular example is "Cointreau". (more)
Trolley Jockey:
A waiter or wine waiter (Sommelier) who is in charge of taking a selection of digestive liquors to a table on-board a trolley at the end of a meal.
Ty Nant:
Ty Nant carbonated water, springs from a source in Wales’ Cambrian Mountains, this carbon-filtered sparkling water first made a name for itself in London's high-end hotels in 1989. (more)
Uisge-beatha:
Scottish for "water of life" (whisky)
Underberg:
Is a digestive bitter produced in Germany, made of aromatic herbs from 43 countries. It is based on a secret and proprietary recipe, guarded by the Underberg family since the company was founded by Hubert Underberg-Albrecht in 1846. (more)
Ullage:
Ullage or headspace refers to the unfilled space in a container, particularly with a liquid.
Vermouth:
Herb flavoured wine fortified with Brandy. Comes mainly from Italy or France. (more)
Vintage:
Stored in the cask until the time it is bottled with the label showing the vintage date.
Vintage Port:
Vintage port is made entirely from the grapes of a declared vintage year. (more) (video)
Virgin Cocktail:
A mixture of the non alcoholic ingredients of a specific cocktail. (Served as a non-alcoholic drink) (e.g. Virgin Mary - A bloody Mary without any vodka).
Vodka:
A refined and filtered liquor distilled at 190 proof and bottled for sale at 80 to 110 proof US. Originally made in either Russia or Poland, it is usually distilled from corn and wheat in the U.S. The difference between various vodkas depends on the types of grains used and the distilling and filtering processes. Vodka is filtered through activated charcoal. It is colourless, tasteless and odourless and it is not aged. (more)
Volvic:
Volvic spring water, is bottled exclusively at its unique source in France and available in more than 60 countries (more)
VS:
"Very Special" or 3-Star, aged at least three years in wood. A rating used for Cognac and Armagnac.
VSOP:
"Very Superior Old Pale" or 5-Star brandy, aged at least five years in wood. A rating used for Cognac and Armagnac. (more)