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Distill My Heart: The Magic Behind Whiskey Production



The Palmetto Distillery name is becoming the standard for quality spirits all across America. The brand is the one to beat for producing quality moonshine and whiskey for many years. Its rich history and traditions around product production date back into the days when prohibition inspired ancestors to supplement their income by distilling these incredible products.

Trey and Bryan Boggs would make their ancestors very proud indeed as they aspire to honor the history of Palmetto through their product offerings. They use the very recipes handed down for generations from the original founders, preserving the traditions of their crusading relatives. Over time, they have perfected the distilling process for their whiskey, setting the standard for similar operations far and wide. Their challenge to their competition: Make a better whiskey than we do. We dare you!

What Is Whiskey? Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage comprised of fermented grain mash. A variety of different grains are used to make whiskey, including wheat, rye, corn, and barley. Each grain results in a unique blend of flavors at the end of the distillation process. Whiskey is usually aged in white oak barrels, with the most valuable forms of drink being allowed to age and mature for several years before bottling.

How Is Whiskey Made?


Before production begins, a unique blend of grains must be selected, then fermented. The grains are then dried after germination, then ground into a meal called grist. Hot water is added to the grain mixture, then placed in a vessel called a mash tun, where the solution is heated to temperatures ideal for breaking down starches into maltose and glucose. This is where the real magic begins.

Once heated thoroughly, the mixture is then filtered so that all coarse grain particles are removed, leaving a sugary solution known as wort. Yeast is added to the liquid, significantly speeding up the fermentation process. Although it is possible for the grains to ferment on their own, it takes much longer. Yeast is beneficial in adding flavor and depth to the taste of whiskey as well. The wort has now become wash, or coarse beer that is ready for distillation.

Most whiskey producers choose to use a copper still for distillation, as it is helpful in removing harmful sulfides that would add toxicity as well as unsavoury taste experiences for the drinker. The wash is now boiled at specific temperatures, separating water from alcohol. Alcohol boils much more rapidly than water, so it is collected into three parts, the head, heart, and tail. Initial collections of “head” alcohol contain acetone and methanol, so needless to say this is discarded for health reasons. “Heart” becomes the body of the whiskey, and is set aside, to be later combined with portions of the “tail” solution, which adds the bouquet unique to that batch.

American whiskey production mandates that whiskey is aged in new white oak barrels. The distilled solution pulls flavour popping compounds from the wood over time, resulting in the fantastic product we know as whiskey.

What Elements Comprise A Great Whiskey? Years and years of heating and cooling, crafting and ageing, go into creating a great whiskey. Some key ingredients and processes are needed for a whiskey to be considered superior to all others.

A great spirit starts with great ingredients. From the integrity of the grains to the quality of water that is being used to filter and ferment, all components are instrumental in the making of a premium whiskey.

The integrity of production is essential for quality whiskey. Without strict standards of quality and control and a commitment to fine-tuning every detail in production, the end product will be less than desirable.

Great barrels and lots of time are essential to produce great product. Whiskey only becomes whiskey after a minimum of three years, with many superior products taking eight years or more to mature. Consistent temperature is also needed for the maturation process to take place properly.

The best whiskey is produced by master craftsmen who are passionate about their product. Single malt whiskey is a blend of several different spirits, and it takes a master blender with years of knowledge and a storehouse of available combinations to produce a quality whiskey that we have come to know and love. Master blenders understand the unique characteristics of the spirits produced in their distillery, and they know what it takes to create a consistently fabulous product.


Thirsty? We Know A Place You Can Go This writer knows first-hand just exactly how to relax into the evening with the perfect Palmetto Distillery whiskey. Matured in French oak to achieve exceptional taste and quality Palmetto’s whiskey is 21% rye but that’s not all you’ll experience beginning with your first sip. Preferring mine neat (no ice), as the amber hue beverage starts to dance on your tongue, your senses will come alive first with slight notes of caramel and vanilla. As you swallow the perfected treat, what you will be left with is the modest lingering smoky finish that will only leave you wanting more.

Scotch and bourbon loyalists, be warned. There’s absolute magic to this particular brew, and I think that Dock Boggs, the founder, will smile noticing as you think to yourself, “perhaps this whiskey is not just best-in-class but might find its way to your glass in the future quite often”.

Palmetto distillery practices integrity and quality in all their production practices. Their quality crafted moonshine and whiskey have a reputation among spirit lovers far and wide. Their passion for great products and customer satisfaction are evident in every single glass. Connoisseurs and novices alike will appreciate the great experience that a Palmetto beverage will provide. Visit www.palmettodistillery.com today for more information and to set up a tour of our historic distillery. You’ll be happy you came!