The Round Barn Distillery
Webster's definition of the "Philosophers stone", is the agent that transmutes matter
into other forms. The Alchemists, scientist of the pre-renaissance era, were in search of this
stone to, most notably, turn lead into gold.
We think we've
found our Philosopher's stone - in a copper pot still. Our still is a refinement of the original
Alembic, "onion head" stills of Arabic & Chinese origin. Distillers heated simple
copper pots with hats which captured and condensed the alcohol and fruit flavors of wine into the
"liquid essences of fruit" that we call brandies.
including Cognac and Armanac, are made from grapes or other fruits. The fruit is picked and either
pureed or pressed, then made into wine and immediately distilled. It is important to note that no
preservatives are used in the entire process.
One ton of fruit will
yield about 150 gallons of wine which when distilled will produce roughly 20 gallons of high proof (140) brandy.
Needless to say, the key to cost effective production is finding quality fruits at bargain prices.
Our feeling is, once you experience the pure essence of fruit brandies and the sweeter fruit cordials with no
artificial flavors, chemicals, or random elements of gold, you will forever forsake those godawful imitation
products that led you astray before your age of reason... which was twenty-one? In vino veritas.