Tipes of Destillates.
Distillation is widespread all over the world and there are many materials that can be distilled. Hence the large number of distillates, spirits and liquors.
The queen of Italian spirits. Only Italian grape-based pomace spirits that are produced entirely in Italy may be called grappa. Grappa can be classified according to several criteria:
Young or aged/stored
A young grappa is stored in stainless steel vessels until it is bottled. An aged grappa is stored in barrique barrels or other wooden barrels (usually oak). A grappa's denotation depends on the time it spends in the barrel.
Mixed or single-varietal grappa
Depending on whether the grappa was fermented and distilled from the pomace of one or more grape varieties.
The term cuvée is used when a grappa has been blended by a master distiller after the distillation process.
Fruit-based spirits, also known as schnapps, have a variety of names including Williams, Kirsch, Slivovitz and Obstler. They are extracted from different fruits and can also be aged, like our Caldiff fruit brandy, for example.
Liqueurs are often blended according to old recipes. The basis of these are generally fruit extracts or distilled herbs mixed with grappa or alcohol. Finally, sugar is added and diluted with water to achieve the desired alcohol strength.