Any beverage containing half percent of alcohol by volume to seventy six percent of alcohol by volume is considered to be an alcoholic beverage. Those with higher than seventy six percent of alcohol; are usually the medications; for instance anesthetics. The distillation process is what that makes the spirit because after fermentation, that product is turned into a vapor and then the vapor is cooled to make condensation. Once condensed into a liquid you now have the base for the alcoholic beverages.
Adam Quirk, a leading distiller and co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indianapolis, United States says that for making the raw spirit barley, corn, rye, even potatoes that contain starch is used. In this the yeast interacts with to start altering sugars into alcohol. The actual making of distilled spirits comes in the form of how the raw alcohol liquid is prepared into a distinctive brand. For example this involves what kind of barrel is used and how much charring went into the barrel and how long the spirit is matured. With Gin, a distiller is related with juniper berries and in Scotch whiskey there is peat included in order to add a certain flavor
Adam’s craft distillery is the maker of high quality whiskey, vodka, gin, liqueurs and rum. Cardinal Spirits produces high quality artisan spirits using organic and local ingredients. All parts of the distilling process starting from fermentation to pulping to maturing to bottling take place within the company. The craft distillers create products that are specifically their own for example corn whiskeys that preserve a genuine popcorn taste and gins that evoke the aromas of a hike in the mountains close to the distillery. A craft vodka maker can instill the spirits with juicy homegrown fruits. Whiskeys produced from uncommon grains and matured in small casks are common. Gins are a predominantly stimulating category for American craft producers as, away from the presence of juniper berries in the herbal infusion, there is wide liberty on botanic ingredients to make the taste unique. . In the last few years there has been a huge boom in the spirit industry in the sector of craft spirits.
According to Adam Quirk, distilling hand-crafted spirits is an obsession. And a prosperous effort means distillers must continually be experimenting with various styles of spirits so they can always be innovative. He further added that starting up a distillery operation is not easy various types of approvals are required such as federal license, TTB (Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau), recipe and label design approval, health and fire permits as well as state and county building.
The craft spirits at Cardinal Spirits are the products of an autonomously owned distillery where the product is distilled physically and bottled on-site. Moreover, it is important to remember that craft blending is not just blending high-proof spirits with sweetening or water. Many craft distillers both blend and distill products in order to produce best quality artisan spirits.