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Distillation can be complicated, but its principles are effortless sufficient to grasp. The aim of all distillation is to “increase the alcohol content material of the liquid,” according to the Wine &amp Spirits Education Trust‘s (WSET) Level II textbook.

To do so, you need to have a nonetheless, most of which fall into one particular of two categories: pot or column. Pot stills, the oldest style, are believed to develop much more flavorful spirits for the reason that the approach reuses tiny, extremely concentrated quantities of alcoholic liquid (known as “heads” and “tails”). Column stills, also identified as Coffey or continuous stills, run constantly, producing them much more price-effective.

A superior comparison could be cast-iron versus stainless-steel pans. 1 is not greater than the other, necessarily: It depends on what you want to get out of it.

VinePair designed this visualization utilizing descriptions and definitions from WSET. Understand the fundamentals of each designs right here!