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

Examples of pot still in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tucked out of site is a magnificent alembic pot still, brought here from Cognac, France in the early 1900s. Sara Schneider, SFChronicle.com, "Jaxon Keys: farmhouse spirit for red wine lovers," 10 Aug. 2020 The 86-proof spirit — made in copper pot stills and aged in oak — is pale gold, has a toasty aroma and some honeyed sweetness that tames the alcohol. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Now From Mexico: Corn Whiskey," 11 May 2020 The distillery work added a level of elevated requirements for construction, including fire doors for the hazardous occupancy areas — where the 240-gallon pot still is located and where spirits will be stored. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eagle Park's new brewery and distillery, opening this spring, is going to be huge," 17 Jan. 2020 Single malts, on the other hand, must be made from 100% malted barley, produced at a single distillery, and distilled using a traditional copper pot still. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "3 Scotch Cocktails That Are For You, Not Your Grandpa," 13 Feb. 2020 In the back of the 8,500-square-foot building stands a copper pot still where liquid is heated to create a vapor, which is condensed into liquid again. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's only distillery is owned by two women. A former brewery owner is head distiller.," 23 Jan. 2020 While Kilbeggan’s Small Batch Rye is available in limited supplies, a new (and very good) single pot still expression from the distillery will hit shelves later this year as well. Fortune, "5 Bottles That Will Put You at the Center of Irish Whiskey’s Renaissance," 13 July 2019 After a couple of months in the pits, the spirit is distilled in pot stills, aged in terra cotta urns, and blended. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "The next spirit you’ll be drinking with your Sichuan food is baijiu," 6 Aug. 2019 The fermented mash is pumped into a pot still for a first round of distillation, called stripping. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Rye Whiskey the Right Way," 23 Mar. 2016

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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“Pot still.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pot%20still. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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