Visiting Den Hool Whisky!

Today I visited Gert and Remco from Den Hool Whisky. They make whisky, from grain to glass. The barley is grown on their own farm. They malt the barley in house. They use a fully specced iStill 500 to mash and distill their whisky and produce, in the winter months, around a barrel per week.

Do you want to learn more about them? Please read:

Gert, Odin, and Remco at Den Hool Whisky …


Hongkong Gin wins Double Gold at CWSA!

Perfume Trees Gin wins the double gold medal at the China Wine & Spirits Awards! Joseph and Kit, founders and owners wrote to us:

We have got a good news here that we have just been awarded with a double gold medal in China Wine and Spirit Award. We wish to express our gratitude to iStill for the hard work we spent together to make this happen.

On behalf of the iStill Team I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate Joseph and Kit. We are proud at that success Perfume Trees Gin established in such a short period of time. We feel privileged to be your contract distilling partner.



New World Distillery / iStill One for sale!


Chris and Ashley, how did you end up being craft distillers?

In short, we turned a hobby in to an occupation.  After more than two decades in military service (Chris) and public education (Ashley), we needed a change.  We were young enough to take risks and seek out a new adventure, and old enough to have the wisdom to make smart decisions regarding equipment that gives us the ability to create craft spirits with precision control and replicability.

We wanted our customers to have visual access to our production floor so we built our building to highlight our process and our equipment and that enables us to speak in great detail about how we do things differently using iStill fermenters and stills.

There is still a great deal of mystery and misunderstanding surrounding the spirits world in the United States and we pride ourselves in embracing a strong educational component in our interactions with our customers. As Chris says, we are trying to create an army of “spirits geeks” one customer at a time.

Can you tell us a bit more about your distillery and what products you make?

Chris has been chasing tequila most of his life, and I have been a gin drinker since before I was even of legal age to consume alcohol. So we knew that both spirits would define our introduction into the craft distilling world. We worked on our gin R&D recipe for over a year and opened New World Distillery with Oomaw Gin as our launch product. To date, Oomaw is a multiple-award-winning gin, both internationally and domestically and is fast becoming the top selling craft gin in the state of Utah.

We are the only distillery in the state of Utah making Agave Spirits and we released our Rabbit and Grass Blanco on Earth Day of 2017 and our Reposado on the Summer Solstice in 2018.  Our Ogden Valley VODKA is a popular item and is one of only two vodkas in the entire country distilled from agave. Vodka, is quite frankly, difficult to make well at a craft scale, and this is why we opened with two stills instead of one, with the iStill allowing us to make vodka that is simply better than others. This is a pure, 100% neutral vodka for martini drinkers.

We have a line of spirits designated as the Uncharted Series for smaller batch productions and limited releases. We have released a unique, single-barrel agave spirit aged in Hungarian oak on this line, as well as a barrel-rested gin and most recently, an Apple Eau de Vie in which we source apples from a local farm nearby. Another farm-to-glass product we make is our Wasatch Blossom Tart Cherry Liqueur.  We site-distill the base spirit for this unique liqueur, source local Montmorency Tart Cherries and sweeten only with organic agave nectar. We put our first batches of Bourbon in casks in September.

How is it being located in Utah, a state not known for its liberal alcohol laws?

It sucks ass.

How did you find out about iStill and how is it to work with them?

We were pretty far down the copper brandy still path when we happened upon iStill. So glad we did! Now we have equipment that allows us to make our quite diverse array of products, and at a quality level we demand. It has been a great relationship, from training in the Netherlands to continued support of our new equipment.

What’s your current set-up? What equipment do you use?

Currently we have 2x 2000L Fermenters, and an older iStill 500 Pro and the newest of the new iStill 2000. We ordered our new iStill 2000 to replace the 1200L iStill One we have. The bigger size helps to keep up with demand. It also allows us to increase our fermentation capacity with another 2000L, since the new unit can distill as well as ferment.

Okay, so you have an iStill One for sale! Can you tell us what you ask for it?

Yes, with the new iStill 2000 now being operational, we have an iStill One for sale. She has a name, actually: Jane. And we are asking $12,500 USD. For more information, please contact

Ashley and Chris on top of their iStill One …


Example: iStill Whiskey Distillery!

Introduction: whiskey to keep you warm

Here’s the second iStill Blog post in a series of three, where we dive into how our equipment helps you out starting your distillery. Today’s topic? Whiskey distilling! What equipment do you need to make whiskey and how does an investment in iStill equipment translate to production numbers? Yes, iStill as your one-stop-shop for all of your craft distilling equipment!

iStill Masher 5000, iStill Fermenter 5000 and iStill 5000

Basically, what you need to start producing top shelf whiskey in big quantities is one 5000 liter iMasher, five 5000 liter iFermenters, and an iStill 5000. You buy in grains and mash them in the iStill Masher 5000. Then transfer the mash into one of the fermenters and add the yeast. When the fermentation is done, use the iStill 5000 to do a single pass finish and turn your distiller’s beer in an amazing whiskey.

The masher gives you full control over the saccharification process. The iStill Fermenters help you optimize both flavor and alcohol production. The automated programs give you full control over cuts and flavor profiles. The iStill 5000 will help you – like no other still out there – at concentrating the alcohol and harvesting the best flavors.

If you want to learn more about the iStill Masher, please read:

Wanna know more about the iStill Fermenter? Then check this link:


The iStill Masher 5000 costs EUR 50.000,-. The 5000 liter fermenters are EUR 25.000,-. The all new iStill 5000 with Jet Propulsion Agitator System, indirect heaters, and Dynamic Cuts Management? EUR 89.500,-. Total investment in your craft distillery adds up to EUR 265.500,-. If you are from the USA or UK and interested in rent-to-own, the monthly costs, on a five year scheme, would be EUR 5.650,-.

Production numbers

On a four to five day fermentation schedule,  the iStill whiskey distillery outputs up to 35,000 liters of 8% whiskey beer weekly. Via distillation in the iStill 5000, this translates to around 5,800 bottles worth of New Make. Mind you: the angels’ share is not incorporated.

If you produce 50 weeks every year, your iStill whiskey distillery yields up to 290,000 bottles per year. Energy costs of mashing, fermenting, and distilling? Less than 1 kWh per bottle.

The iStill whiskey distillery …


Example: iStill Rum Distillery!


Here’s the first iStill Blog post in a series of four, where we dive into how our total product-line helps you at starting your distillery. Today’s topic? Rum distilling! What equipment do you need to make rum and how does investing in iStill equipment translate to production numbers? Yes, we are primarily focussing on the primary production process. Not on pumps, labelers and bottle-fillers.

iStill Fermenter 5000 and iStill 2000

Basically, all you need to start producing rum in sizable quantities is a 5000 liter iStill Fermenter and an iStill 2000. You buy in molasses. Put it in the iFermenter. Add water and yeast. With the iStill Fermenter, you will be able to ferment to around 5000 liter of 10% rum wines in two to three days. That’s 10,000 liters of ready to distill ferment per week.

For more reading on the amazing flavor development tools, the iStill Fermenter gives you, please see:

Now use the iStill 2000 to create any type of rum you like. Light, medium, heavy, its all there, in the automation and software. For you to select, for you to control. Or decide to delegate control to your iStill and spend your time where on other craft distilling tasks. However you choose to do things, please know that the iStill 2000 can finish your 10,000 liters of rum wines in 5 runs. That’s one run a day, five days per week.


The iStill Fermenter 5000 costs EUR 25.000,-. We advice you to equip the iStill 2000 with Dynamic Cuts Management. An additional manhole on the still is always nice. The iFermenters have one as standard, but for the iStills it’s a choice.

Thus equipped, the iStill 2000 will cost you EUR 43.250,-. Total investment in your rum distillery? EUR 68.250,-. If you are from the USA or UK and interested in rent-to-own, the monthly costs, on a five year scheme, would be EUR 1.453,-.

Production numbers

Two ferments per week add up to 10,000 liters of 10% rum wine. Via distillation in the iStill 2000, this amount translates to around 2,000 bottles of finished rum per week. If you produce during 50 weeks every year, your iStill rum distillery yields up to 100,000 bottles per year. Energy costs? It will do so at an energy input of less than 0,75 kWh per bottle.

Design your own iStill Distillery online!

Do you want to design your own distillery? Rum or otherwise? Please check out:

The iFermenter 5000 and the iStill 2000 for your perfect rum distillery …