A glimpse of our tasting room
how we make our whiskey
A fine schematic of our production system
From grain to glass, the process of making whiskey is in this video
The process in a nut shell
Our traditional, Scottish-style twin copper pot still production method for craft whiskey & brandy involves 4 steps:
(1) mashing - heating the grains to activate enzymes that break down the starches in the grains to simple sugars.
(2) fermenting - pitching yeast into our fermenters to convert the simple sugars from the mashing process into ethyl alcohol. During this stage, acids, aldehydes, and other molecules that give whiskey its final flavor develop as a byproduct of the yeast's activity. Unlike most distilleries that use pot stills, we leave the grain solids in during fermentation ("on the grain fermentation") as adherents of the Southern innovation of grain-in distillation.
(3) distilling - transferring to our wash still the fermented "distiller's beer" (as the 5-10% alcohol content liquid is called when it is done fermenting), heating the distiller's beer until the ethyl alcohol boils off, and transferring the boiled-off ethyl alcohol (around 25% alcohol by volume) into our spirit still for a second, refining distillation.
(4) maturation - transferring the whiskey fresh off the spirit still into oak barrels for aging to perfection.