By Nick Scarff, Master Blender
Master Blender, Nick Scarff, joined “Bourbon Real Talk” podcast host Randall Sullivan at the Repeal Day Expo to talk about the innovations in distilling technology and how Next Century Spirits technology complements the blending, finishing, filtering and maturation processes.
Imagine that you could control every aspect of your distilling process and adjust in real-time the different variables of that process as needed — modifying the temperature, the alcohol contents, cycling times, filtration matrices, charred wood, inert gas levels — every complex component that influences the outcome and quality of the spirits. That would be ideal to have that kind of power, right?
We think so, too.
In the post-distillation process, the NCS filtering and finishing technology focuses on improving the quality and maintaining the consistency while creating custom profiles. Sometimes that means enhancing and optimizing specific oak compounds present in the distilled spirits, and other times it means extracting compounds that would otherwise produce undesirable or off-flavor profiles.
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Why is this important? It’s simple. Barrel aging is an integral part of the distilling process — we simply help control the chaos and eliminate some of the uncertainty that can often accompany it. Make no mistake, barrel aging is critical to the tradition of the industry. We don’t replace that; we work hand-in-hand with it. Our technology complements the blending, filtering, finishing and maturation processes to create a more consistent, complex, smooth and refined product.
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