Heirs of magicians and alchemists
The first known reference to distillation can be found as early as 500 BC in Mesopotamia. It would appear the famous Hypatia of Alexandria may have invented one of the first apparatus for distilling liquid.
In 150 BC, this device, known as a "still" was widespread among Greek alchemists. In the following centuries, when alchemy, magic and science were still one and the same thing, the distilling device was used to separate and clean different elements or to extract essences.
Initially, distillation was used to produce scents and essences for medicine. Monks of various orders played a major role in this development; in fact recipes for liqueurs and herbal liqueurs, which are still produced today, date back to them.
The purpose of distillation, the extraction of flavours and scents from fruit and pomace, has so far not changed.
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