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Articles Relating to Craft Spirit Enhancement by Distillique
All articles related to Spirit Enhancement - learn about everything else you can do to the Spirits after you have Distilled it. Here we cover Infusion Techniques, Barrel Aging, Bottling, Filtration, Coloring, Molecular Mixology Techniques, and much much more.
What is Spirit Enhancement?
Spirit Enhancement covers a wide range of techniques, additives, processes and applications that can be used on Distilled Spirits to Enhance and/or change its characteristics. These can either be done to improve the product within a specific Spirit Category, or alternatively, place the product in a different Spirit Category.
Is Spirit Enhancement Legal?
For a Commercial Distiller or Craft Distiller, the type of enhancement techniques they are allowed to utilize on their product is limited - mostly in terms of additives allowed. These limitation apply not only to the individual Spirit Category, but also differs from Country to Country. A technique like Barrel Aging for instance is legal in South Africa for Spirit Liqueurs, Premium Husk Spirit (Aged Grappa), Rum and Gin, and legally required (for at least 3 years) for Whisky and Brandy, but is not allowed for Vodka, Cane, Mampoer, Unspecified Spirits, Husk Spirit, Grape Spirit, etc.
Distillers therefore need to familiarize themselves with the applicable Legislation before they pursue a certain path of product development, or launch a certain type of product.
For Home Distillers or Hobby Distillers however, there is only one rule - don't poison anyone.
22 articles in the category: Spirit Enhancement
Can I use Smoking Wood Chips in Home Made Spirits?
Published : 10-07-2020 09:35:50 | Categories : Home Distilling , Spirit Enhancement
Distillique receives questions regularly from Home (and Commercial) Distillers, looking for advice. Some of the more interesting questions (or answers) we turn into articles to share.
Is Glitter and Colorants Legal in Gin?
Published : 10-07-2020 08:22:26 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Legislation , Spirit Enhancement
We regularly get queries from new or existing Crafters about what is and is not allowed in Gin. This article seeks to answer one of the common questions - Can I add Colorants or Glitter to Gin?
Gin Recipes for Home and Hobby Distillers
Published : 03-07-2020 10:56:27 | Categories : Home Distilling , Recipes , Spirit Enhancement
Many of our clients and page visitors have requested Gin Recipes from us, something that our Trainees know we are loath to give out. But in the interest of Customer Service we have compiled some.
The Components of a True Rum
Published : 26-06-2020 12:11:46 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Fermentation , Spirit Enhancement
Exploring the sources and processes that leads to the creation of the unique and highly prized Flavor Compounds in a true Caribbean Style Rum
Varnished Barrels - Can we use them for Spirits?
Published : 01-04-2020 10:37:54 | Categories : Home Distilling , Spirit Enhancement
Varnished Barrels are normally a decorative item. But what if you wanted to use it for spirits? Can or should you even consider this? The answer might seem obvious, but it's actually not that simple.
Spirit Changes in the Bottle
Published : 30-03-2020 13:36:37 | Categories : Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
So you made a fermentation, distilled it, enhanced it and bottled it. Now it's done, right? What is in that bottle will stay the same forever and ever? Right? Unfortunately that is not the case.
A Little Known Fact - Corked Spirits
Published : 30-03-2020 13:21:28 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
We all know, or at least have heard of Corked Wine - more correctly called Cork Taint. But how many of you have ever heard of a spirit being corked?
Bottles and Bottling - What do I need to keep in mind?
Published : 30-03-2020 12:31:40 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Legislation , Miscellaneous , Spirit Enhancement
Thinking of starting a Craft Distillery? You've obviously already envisioned your bottle and packaging, right? But are your dreams and thoughts realistic or not? What do you need to keep in mind?