Production & Process

Whiskey 101

Download 7 April 2002 Issue

A Dialogue on Distilling

Download 1 January 2002 Issue Steve McCarthy is the owner of Clear Creek Distillery in Portland, OR, which has been producing artisanal spirits since 1984. Starting with an eau-de-vie made from Bartlett pears grown on this family’s orchards in Hood River, McCarthy...

The Simple Pot Still

Download 14 January 2004 Issue In the early days of distilling essential oils for medicine and fra grances, the simple pot-still was the only tool available to the chemist. By slowly heating a liquid sample and collecting the vapor, the compound was...

The Original Water of Life

From their first appearance in written history, distilled spirits in medieval Europe were called aqua vitae — Latin for “water of life.” Many languages share names with the same meaning: the French eau de vie, Scandinavian aquavit, and even...