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A Return to Grace

The forested valleys of the Heavenly Mountains of Tien Shan are among the most isolated areas on Earth. Yet the apple, which is thought to have originated there, has followed nearly everywhere that humanity has tread. The apple’s ability...

What the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 Means Today

“Bottled in bond” is a phrase coined more than 100 years ago in the whiskey business to assure the purchaser that he was buying the real deal. Prior to Prohibition, counterfeit whiskey flooded the unregulated market, at best swindling...

Excerpt from Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey by Rob Arnold & Eric...

THE CEREALS OUR SUGAR DADDIES Whiskey makers are thieves, stealing starch from four types of cereals—barley, corn, rye, and wheat. The treasure is locked away in the seed of the grain. The kernel is a war chest of fuel—stored as starch—intended...

United We Thrive

In 2007, fifteen curious classmates with one shared goal — to learn the art of commercial craft distilling — attended the first American Distilling Institute (ADI) Hands-on Whiskey Distilling Workshop at Stillwater Spirits in Petaluma, California. Over the next few...