iStill Spirits Design!


Over the years, we have helped our customers design a total of close to 250 different drinks. Gins, vodkas, whiskies, brandies, rum, and specialties like for instance Mahula Liquor from India. In this iStill Blog Post, we’ll dive deeper into how we help craft distillers, in designing the best possible drinks for/with them. And what the investment is at your end.

Our extract and essence library …


Designing a drink for you usually involves two steps. First we design a recipe. And we then translate that recipe to a process. Let me give an example:

Say you want our help at making an Irish whiskey. We’ll discuss the grain bill, and its influence on New Make taste. We’ll talk about mashing procedures and how fermentation protocols help create certain flavors. The next step would be that we discuss (and help you decide) on what flavors to bring over and emphasize during distillation. Aging (what barrels, what woods?) would be next on our to-do-list. We’d run test batches on the iStill Mini to fine-tune and to bring your whiskey to perfection.

Or, on another note, say you want our help in creating a top-shelf gin. We go over flavors and herbs, and draw-up a list of ingredients, that we then run on the iStill Mini until we hit it home.

Consider the above paragraphs to be your “recipe”. But we go one step further. We help translate the recipe into a run procedure by translating it into an iStill program for the masher, fermenters, and stills. That way, when you go back home, you just order the ingredients, while we upload your latest recipe, and start the machine and kick-of production.

iStill laboratory equipment inventory …



Here, at iStill, over the years, we have designed close to 250 drinks. Whiskies, gins, vodkas, rums, brandies, and specialties. Most of them for our customers. And most of our customers have won amazing prices with the spirits we helped conceive.

iStill Spirits Design has a very straight forward pricing model. If you want us to create a recipe and production process program, we charge you EUR 5.000,-.

If you want to order iStill Spirits Design, if you want to hire our facilities and expertise, if you want to learn more about how and where we can help you out, please contact Sebastiaan Smits, Manager iStill Spirits Design via

Sebastiaan Smits …





Setting-up for the USA iStill University Workshop!

Assembling, testing, discussing. That’s usually what goes on the day before we have another, on location iStill University Workshop. This time, we are at 52eighty Distilling. And here are some pictures about us preparing things:

Instructors selfie: Odin, Jason, and Erik …


52eighty distilling hall …


Four iStills Mini product development stills await the students …


Drew loads the iStill 2000 with single malt whisky wash …


iStill Mini ready to run single malt whisky as well …


Video Impression iStill University!

Here is a short movie we made. It gives an impression of the last 4-day workshop at the Netherlands based iStill University. We are currently preparing to give another iStill University Workshop in Denver, USA. The class takes place at 52eighty Distilling and starts tomorrow. For more info, or registration (yes, still a few places available!), reach out to:

Learn how to distill and design your own spirits!

From March 25th till March 28th, we organize another Advanced Distillation Workshop. Where? At 52Eighty Distilling in Denver, Colorado. Theory of mashing, fermentation, and distillation and maturation will be combined with hands-on time behind the iStills. And we only have three more tickets available. So if you want to register, please reach out to …

iStill Leasing Now Available in the EU!

When you buy iStill equipment, you already had the option to lease. At least in North America and in the UK. We now extend leasing to the EU. So if you are a craft distiller from a EU country, looking to lease your iStill Distillery, just send us an email and we’ll help you out.

Here are two examples of lease tariffs:

  • A base model, 25k iStill 500 would cost around EUR 532,- per month during 5 years;
  • A base model 40k iStill 2000 would cost around EUR 851,- per month during 5 years.


Reinvent Single Barrel Whisk(e)y with iStill!

What is single barrel whisk(e)y?

Single barrel whiskey (or single cask whiskey) is a premium class of whiskey in which each bottle comes from an individual aging barrel, instead of coming from blending together the contents of various barrels to provide uniformity of color and taste. Even whiskeys that are not blends may be combined from more than one batch, or even from differing years to achieve consistency. The whiskey from each barrel is bottled separately, with each bottle bearing the barrel number and in most cases the dates for the beginning and end of aging. Each barrel is believed to contribute unique characteristics to the finished whiskey.” Source: Wikipedia.

In short, single barrel whisk(e)y are bottles that come from one unique barrel, instead of from a blend of various casks. Single barrel whisk(e)y making is done in both North America and Scotland, and the producers aim to create an (ultra) premium whisk(e)y class.

Single barrel whisky …


Wanna make a unique style even more unique?

The iStill 2000 allows you to do your whole production process in one single batch. You can use the unit to mash, and help convert starches to fermentable sugars. You can then start the fermentation, in order to create alcohol and flavors. And when fermentation is done, just upload the relevant program and distill your wash into an amazing whisky.

The iStill 2000 can help you migrate from a single barrel approach to a single mashed, single fermented, and single distilled whisky. Unique and special and versatile, even before barrel aging begins! One exact mash … leads to one totally controlled ferment … leads to one specific distillation run … leads to one totally unique barrel!

 Yield: a unique barrel of single mashed, fermented, and distilled whisky per run …


Craft Spirits Design in the USA!

Last week we trained another group of eight distillers in how to design whiskey, vodka, and gin. During the class, the students learned about mashing, fermenting, distilling, and aging. They then applied the knowledge to start developing their own spirits.

Next 4-day iStill University Trainings will be in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from March 18th through 21st. And in Denver, CO, USA, from March 25th through 28th. For more info or registration, please reach out to

Here is an impression in pictures of the Madison merry bunch …