Distiller’s Workbook

Presented here is the preview of my yet to be formally published Distiller’s Workbook which is a series of exercises for new distillers to perform to learn hard to reach concepts in chemistry & physics. The workbook is also the basis for a new cocktail-centric style of bar room distillation slowly popping up around the world, most notably in London.

The book has made a lot of progress but I’m still learning so much. The lasting things that need to be tackled before I publish are creating revised methods for standardizing botanical charges by examining essential oil yields and a creating a series of best bets for constructing products like gin & curacao where recipes are written in terms of essential oil content instead of highly variable grams of botanical measurements (This is done in theory and I have recovered all of Seagram’s secret botanical assay procedures from the 1930’s. I have yet to spend the money to build out their lab completely).

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 1 of 15 Tabasco Aromatized Gin

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 2 of 15 De-constructing and Re-constructing Chartreuse

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 3 of 15 Mass Market Maraschino Mayhem

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 4 of 15 Joseph König’s 19th Century Curaçao

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 5 of 15 Hershey’s Chocolate Bourbon

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 6 of 15 Truly Stimulating Absinthe

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 7 of 15 Non-potable Pure Pot Still Purell; Wormwood Aromatized Hand Sanitizer

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 8 of 15 Chipotle Tequila

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 9 of 15 Double Grain Bill White Dog

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 10 of 15 Rooibos & Rye a.k.a. African Rye Whiskey

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 11 of 15 Pisco Faux Mosto Verde #Fail

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 12 of 15 Marmite Aromatized Rye

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 13 of 15 Malta Goya Aromatized Gin (faux Genever)

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 14 of 15 Fernet Aromatized Maraschino Cherries

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 15 of 15 Hopped Gin

Distiller’s Workbook exercise 16 of 15 Special Effects! [incomplete]