|Wood Fired Pot Still at Callwood|
The pot still was the still of choice for the ancient Celts to create a fiery spirit they called "uisge breatha", meaning "the water of life". For the Celts, the power of the liquid to revive tired bodies, drive the chills out, revive hope and to put an end falling spirits was truly a gift from the gods.
|Currently Operated Pot Stills at DUSA|
In modern rum distillation, the majority of the distillation is accomplished in column stills, but the traditional pot still still plays a critical part today's rum production. At the DUSA Plant in Venezuela, Tito Cordero takes the fermentation first to a column still for the initial distilling to produce the "low wine" then for the special rums it is placed in a pot still for the second distillation. The pot stills are used to produce the heavy wines for the bolder and more viscous rums.
|Retired Pot Still at Santa Teresa|
The pot still is a vital part of the making of fine rum, but the ancient pot still and the origins of distillation are a part of the spirits history that will probably be around for many more years. ;o)