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For all of the fan fare about plated columns and the versatility (of which I am a huge fan of) that they bring to the game of distilling, it can still be very difficult to compete with the well established pedigree of a pot still when considering a well aged finished product.
I can not recall who said it first, but when I read it I could not get it out of my brain:
The goal of the pot stiller is to exploit the inefficiencies of the pot still.
No matter what tool the distiller chooses, distilling and blending is very much an art form.
There is a rum here in the States (made in the Caribbean) that is gaining traction. My understanding is that the master distiller uses a column still and a pot still then blends the best from either system for their final product. There are so many ways to express rum.
Here is a system illustrated by Harry that offers a traditional Caribbean method for distilling rum.
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