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POTS, COLUMNS, AND DOUBLERS — OH MY! The previous article also mentioned single malt Scotch, specifically in relation to blended Scotch. Let’s simplify blends for a moment: A “blend” is simply a combination of heavier and lighter whiskies, heavier being a whisky retaining more character, while lighter implies a spirit that is more refined, usually through a column still. Now let’s translate that to bourbon, or any other style of whiskey for that matter. Given the amount of control points available to the operator of a column still, it is entirely possible to barrel both heavier and lighter runs of the same distillate. They could then be blended in the batching process to have even greater control over your end product. That is not quite possible on a pot still because the composite of the new make spirit coming off the condenser is what it is. There is no more separation to drive or collect besides the reflux that is innate in still geometry or the use of a dephlegmator and the final condensing step. With a pot still, a complete second production cycle, from mashing through distillation, would be required to correct any inherent imbalance of the spirit.
NOT EVERY SCREWDRIVER, NOT EVERY HAMMER
As Zeno eloquently puts it, “The hammer and the screwdriver. If I want a nice and characterful brandy or rum, I certainly am at least looking at some sort of pot or pot-hybrid. But that’s the conscious choice of the distiller.” And at the end of the day, it’s just that: A conscious choice. And that conscious choice is what Zeno finds makes craft, craft. Accidents don’t equate art. A brewer releasing a super funky sour IPA just because they had a contamination in their fermentation, when their intent was something else, can’t claim that to be their vision. This isn’t software development; we can’t get away with joking that “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” What makes what we do “art” or “craft” is having a vision for a product and making educated decisions in service to that vision at every step along the way. That includes picking a still and choosing how to run it. “Not every screwdriver, not every hammer.” If you want to drive in a torx screw, don’t reach for a philips head — get the right screwdriver.
Jason Zeno is director of operations at Porchjam Distillery in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information visit www.porch-jam.com. 98
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