Small Batch Story
The process we use to create all of our spirits involves an attention to detail. Our strength at The Distillery is uniqueness. Having no other distillery in Baja Sur allows us to create our liquor styles with the help of our community, plain and simple.
The Distillery produces a variety of artisan spirits from both local and imported top quality ingredients. We control every aspect of our small-batch production with various distillation processes to the final bottling of our all-natural, super-premium liquors.
All our liquors are small batch-distilled in a stainless steel pot still, using water from Baja's Sierra Laguna aquifers. Each bottle is numbered by hand to reflect its batch and ensure its exceptionality. Our attention to detail and passion for the final product isn’t a gimmick – it’s what genuinely separates our products from other mainstream spirits.
All of our spitits are gluten free, using corn and sugar cane both from Mexico
How distillation works…
Distillation is a process that separates compounds based on their volatility or ease with which they vaporize. In the case of alcoholic spirits production we capitalize on the difference in boiling points between water and ethanol. Since ethanol boils at a lower temperature than water, we concentrate the alcohol by applying heat, in the form of steam, to a base wine or mash to produce a distillate that is higher in alcohol than the material originally charged into the still.
Material to be distilled is loaded, or charged, into the pot through the manway. Heat is applied to the pot using a steam boiler in conjunction with a steam jacket that surrounds the pot. The alcoholic vapors rise through the helmet and into the column of the still. As the vapors work their way up the column the alcohol becomes more concentrated as condensate forms and drips back down towards the pot. Some of the vapor condenses when it reaches the condenser or dephleglamator. The remaining alcoholic vapor reaches the condenser, which turns it back into a liquid by cooling it with water recycled from our cooling tower.
Distillate is collected in three fractions. The first fraction, or cut, is known as the foreshot or heads and contains aldehydes and other low boiling compounds that are undesirable in the final product. The middle cut, known as the main run or hearts is high in alcohol and is used for the final products. The final cut, or tails, contains high boilers and fusel oils and is collected for later re-distillation to collect more hearts.