Twisted Cow Distilling
Spirit in Technology
“If you are going to create something, do it to be the best of your ability,” John Pawluk, Owner and Twisted Cow Distiller.
While distilling alone is simple: boiling wort, chilling, and condensing, the art and chemistry behind distilling spirits is complex, accounting for depth of flavor, mouth feel and quality, all surrounded by being able to consistently replicate the outcome. Timing, equipment and theory are as much intertwined in the process as ingredients, quality control and even weather (specifically barometric pressure). Achieving the perfect balance in the congress of elements is where art, integrity and creativity intersect with chemistry, process and production.
Historically, stills were designed and shaped to produce various spirits, vodka, gin, rum, whisky, tequila, and brandy for example. Column stills were for vodka, pot stills for rum, variations in design depended on the product and distiller.
Technology Distilling Tradition. Today, science intertwining with art elevate the process and the product.
Twisted Cow utilizes state-of-the-art distilling technology in our spirit manufacturing. Our small yet super efficient plant is home to several iStills, the industry’s leading technology. We have chosen iStill for their level of control and efficiency in process, helping Twisted Cow produce stable runs, offering greater control over flavor, but even before the grain is mashed in, Twisted Cow is taking the greatest care.
Twisted Cow Distillery distills on the grain, generating flavor even while heating up to distill its spirits, taking advantage of the Maillard effect, the carmelization of any unfermented sugars remaining after fermentation. Additional flavor development begins before even mashing-in. Our Meadows stone burr mill slowly grinds at a low temperature, retaining the integrity of grains' inherent flavor while milling. Stone burr mills let us change the degree of milling with the quick spin of two dials, letting us retain the inherent flavor of the grain, rather than destroying it through aggressive milling.