Djinn's Blog

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:05

  • Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:05 Beat 3 toasts GORUCK!

    Thank you GORUCK Boston team members for mentoring Warbaby through a "Heavy". He came home with lots of stories... and even more mud!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 22:48

  • Mon, 03/10/2014 - 22:48 NL: Open House Winners

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    First, many huge thanks to everyone that came out for the Open House! It was a crazy day, but we had a lot of fun. OK, so here are the Raffle Winners!

    Nosing Glasses: Alan Graves, V Frangus, Frank Yates,Steve Pope, and Travis Allard
    Tee-Shirts: Duane Stoddard, Courtney Speechley, Harry Wiley, and Susan Cunningham

    And the Grand Prize Whiskey Aging Kit goes to... Angel Bussiere!

    Whoo Hoo!! Winners, just bring an ID to the distillery during normal business hours and we will gift you.

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:46

  • Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:46 Gin Batch #2

    Vapor Infused Gin Batch #2 is now in the bottle and we're very happy with the results. The botanicals are softer overall, but adjusted for slightly stronger floral and citrus notes. We did this by increasing the Elder Flower and Lemon and Grapefruit peels. We also moved to fresh peels versus the dried ones we used in the first batch.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:36

  • Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:36 Open House March 8

    We're doing our first Open House at the distillery! Saturday March 8 from10AM till 5PM. Continuous tastings and tours. We'll have drawings for free T-Shirts, Glencairn Whiskey glasses, and even a Whiskey Aging Kit. Plan to come!

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 02:00

  • Sun, 02/23/2014 - 02:00 NL: Spirits 101

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    When we started this adventure a couple of years ago, I was about as educated in spirits as the average person. That is, largely untrained. Now after going through multiple classes, books and long, arduous hours mixing and tasting, and mixing and tasting... I'm here for you. I've had a number of people ask about a "Spirits 101" class. Sounds like fun to me. I'm planning to set up a 1-2 hour class one evening followed by a tasting at a local adult beverage establishment. Sound like fun to you? Let me know. Shoot an email to

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 13:54

  • Sun, 02/02/2014 - 13:54 Hey buddy, wanna take a tour?

    The problem with finding exactly the right place to MAKE spirits is that it's NOT exactly the right place to market them. (Just try to find us!) OK, it's not THAT hard once you've been here. People just keep complaining about how tough it is to find us. So I'm learning all about guerrilla marketing. Or was that gorilla? Not sure which is more dangerous. In either case, we have brand new signs to put out, and yes, they seem to be working. I'm going to learn to be a marketing guy yet.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:15

  • Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:15 NL: Reflex Testing

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    After several degrees and years of experience building complex systems, I now find myself dramatically unprepared for the life of a distiller. Don't get me wrong! I wouldn't trade it - It's just funny sometimes. The other night I was preparing to charge the still from a tank filled with 250 gallons of wort (beer). Squatting at the tank bottom, I was having difficulty releasing a fitting so I could connect the pump. One final shove and the fitting gave way. That's when I realized I had failed to turn the main valve off and the pressure of 250 gallons of wort blasted my chest. It's impressive! You should try it sometime...with your own beer. That's also when I realized I have darn good reflexes because, within half a second, I had 1) realized I was a fool, and 2) hit the valve. Fortunately, not much was lost, and hey, I probably needed a freshen-up about that time anyway. Maybe I'll start a new baths...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 06:23

  • Mon, 01/20/2014 - 06:23 Beat3 - Batch #2

    I admit, I was worried about consistency between the first batch and this second one. The response was so good on the first one, I really didn't want to disappoint anyone (especially myself!) So we did a couple of side by side comparisons, and well... they're NOT exactly the same - a fact that makes me think back over the process to see exactly what I did differently on this one. The good news is that, while they are a little different, everyone likes the second batch just a little better. "Smoother" seems to be the common description. Alright, I can live with that. And I think my new mantra will be "consistently better."

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:00

  • Thu, 01/16/2014 - 02:00 NL: A new distillery

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    Lets see...Federal Law, State Law, Find a location, Fire Dept., Health Dept., Still Design, Plumbing, Boiler, Insurance, Reception build-out, Vendors, Shipping, Marketing, Marketing, Marketing...

    Finally, we can focus on the original thought which was, I want to make the best damn whiskey I possibly can; I want to offer flavors that are unique, rich, and complex; I want to have fun meeting people who also appreciate that something extra. It still ain't easy, with late nights schlepping hoses and cleaning tanks. But there are perks: the bread-like smell of 500 gallons of fermenting beer; the happy gurgling sound of a good flow of high-proof, bone-white spirits as it comes off the still; and the final tasting/toast at the end of the batch. Yeah, we'll hang in there. - Andy & Cindy Harthcock

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 06:11

  • Mon, 12/30/2013 - 06:11 Gin Batch #1

    It was a long day of distilling, but we now have the high-proof spirit produced and ready for proofing and bottling today. We also have some fascinating results. Using a combination of traditional "tea-bag" style steeping along with our vapor infusion process produced a remarkable result. The juniper is strong, but not overpowering. Coriander, Cubeb, and Grains of Paradise add a robust spiciness. Floral notes are contributed by Hibiscus and Elder Flower. Angelica holds down the rooty base notes. And there's a little citrus note contributed by lemon and grapefruit peels. All told, a very complex flavor that we think "plays well" together.

    One interesting aspect of this still design is that a small amount of the condensation occurs in the gin head, which is directly above the condenser. So we are actually getting a small amount of color from the botanicals - in this case a slight golden tinge. It's quite unusual and we are very happy with the results. Pricing on this gin is $30 per 750ml bottle. Come try it!