The simplest standard distillation equipment is commonly known as a pot still, consisting of a single heated chamber and a vessel. Pot stills operate on a batch distillation. Traditionally constructed from copper, pot stills are made in a range of shapes and sizes depending on the quantity and style of spirit desired. Nowadays by law, cognac, Irish and Scotch malt whiskies, and single pot still whiskey must be distilled using a pot still. (more…)
Tanqueray (Men Behind The Brands)
Tanqueray Gin was initially distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in the Bloomsbury district of London. Charles was shipping his gin to colonies around the British Empire, where many plantation owners and troops had developed a taste for gin and tonic. When Charles died in 1868, his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray inherited the distillery, which continued to operate until it was severely damaged during World War II.
Gin is a grain spirit flavoured with juniper berries and other botanicals (herbs and spices) nevertheless, gins differs widely depending on the recipe used. The name gin comes from the older English word genever, related to the French word genièvre and the Dutch word jenever. All ultimately derive from juniperus, the Latin for juniper, which is an evergreen shrub or small tree that bears berrylike cones, widely distributed throughout Eurasia and North America. (more…)