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Whisky Stills

Historians are not in full agreement as to the origins of the process of alcohol distillation. Evidence suggests ancient Mesopotamians practiced it as early as 1200 BC to concoct perfumes and medicinal compounds. But we do know that by the 3rd century AD alchemists were using primitive alembic stills in their quest to unravel the mysteries of life.

Humankind has come a long way in the intervening eighteen centuries. But surprisingly, the stills used by modern distillers are pretty similar to the devices used by those ancient alchemists, at least in principle.

Tonight we’ll take a long at three of the most common stills used to make whisky. The pot still, the iconic whisky still and one that most closely resembles the ancient alembic still. The column or Coffey still, a 19thcentury innovation that revolutionized the whiskey-making process. And lastly, the hybrid still the latest evolution in still design, which paved the way for the rise of the modern craft whisky movement.

Agenda

7:00 – 7:30 – Registration & Hors d’oeuvres

7:30 – 7:45 – Whisky of the Night – Profile & Pouring of the Dram

7:45 – 8:30 – Featured Talk – Whisky Stills

8:30 – 9:00 – Coffee and Dessert