pot still


Definition of pot still 

: a still used especially in the distillation of Irish grain whiskey and Scotch malt whiskey in which the heat of the fire is applied directly to the pot containing the mash

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Baijiu, which is the world’s best-selling alcohol by volume, is made from sorghum and produced in traditional pot stills around China. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Add Fire to Your Fourth of July Cocktail," 2 July 2018 The distillery Don’t look for giant copper pot stills and other liquor-making equipment. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Sun King Distillery in Carmel: What to know before you go," 3 July 2018 The copper pot still, or alembic, sits behind the spacious bar like a shiny visitor from outer space. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Distillery Brings Spirits Back to Manhattan," 21 May 2018 Visitors can see those traditional methods in action, including cooking, fermenting, and distilling in old pot stills, on guided tours and tastings. Kate Krader, chicagotribune.com, "These Caribbean rum distilleries are worth a vacation in themselves," 14 May 2018 Bourbon that is triple distilled in copper pot stills and fermented with an extra long six-day process contribute to the fragrant notes of orange, lemon or peach. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "A bourbon tasting game will amp up your Kentucky Derby party," 11 Apr. 2018 Holladay Distillery in Weston worked with a dairy farm cooperative and whiskey distillery in Ireland to create Five Farms, which blends cream with 10-year-old pot still Irish whiskey. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "For St. Patrick's Day this year, pass the Irish whiskey, 'a really hot commodity' | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 The brand new Copper Collection, inspired by the copper pot stills used in the production of spirits, ensures that the copper in your barware collection need not be restricted to the Moscow Mule cup. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Copper Is King," 7 May 2014 Both are made from fresh sugar cane juice (unlike most rums, which are made from molasses), but the former is made on large column stills; the latter, the only type connoisseurs consider worthy to drink, is made on a smaller scale using pot stills. Bryce T. Bauer, New York Times, "On the Cocktail Trail in Brazil, a Favorite Spirit Gets Frisky," 28 Sep. 2017

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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