Distilled spirits process

The Distilling Process

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The distilling process

Typical sprit production processes, such as those used in whisky, brandy or cognac production, often start upstream with the consideration of types and quantities of grains, malts or sugars, depending on the spirit being created and the finish a distiller is looking for. The filtering of spirits is mainly employed in the final stages of the distillation process and varies slightly upon spirit type. As with most filtration processes, the stages get successively more refined as the spirit moves downstream; from clarification to the removal of carbon particles and barrel char, to final filtration which ensures the purity and clarity of the bottled spirit.

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Barrel char removal

After years of maturation, many spirits need barrel char and other particulates extracting from the liquor.

Barrel char removal.

Chill haze/Clarification

To achieve optimum clarity, some spirits are filtered to remove chill haze and residual carbon fines.

Chill haze/clarification.

Final filtration

Decades are dedicated to maturation, to ensure the purity and clarity after bottling, distillers add a final filtration stage.

Final filtration.

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