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    Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    We've all seen these micro/NDP websites where they proudly show a picture of their still (sometimes just a paste from a page in a manufacturer's catalog) which is an artisanal pot with a rectifying column on top that was originally designed to make eau de vie. What strikes me is the size, even my rudimentary math skills can figure out that thing's not big enough to support a brand already in national distribution.

    Can you make good Bourbon in a such a still? Well of course you can, J. W. Dant made whisky with a steam pipe in a hollow log until he could afford a proper still. Todd Leupold and other craftsmen around the country today are using the labor intensive pot still to great effect but that's not what I'm talking about.

    My point is about market driven producers pushing the image of a small, hand crafted operation.

    My question is do we really care what sort of still they claim to use, does the size and type matter to anyone here?
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Honesty, taste, and price in that order.

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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Good taste at a good price is a good rule.
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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    So the question is, does size matter?

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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    If it does why advertize small.
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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    so she isnt too disappointed.

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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Mine drinks wine.
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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Mine drinks wine.
    Mine too. We stay out of each other's stash that way. To her, all bourbons taste the same, and to me, all red wines taste the same. It's good for the marriage....

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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Compromise beats lying cause you don't have to remember what you said.
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    Re: Of Pot Stills and Poltroons

    Another wise word from Squire! Keep 'em coming.

 

 

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