Try The Bedlam!

Brandon Evans, Graybeard Distillery, proud producer of Bedlam Vodka and iStill customer, informs:

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a Gold Medal in the Singapore World Spirits Competition.  This prestigious competition, which is a partner to the renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, has recognized us as an “exceptional spirit near the pinnacle of achievement” and notes that Gold Medal  selections “set the standard for their categories”. 

Please see the link below for the press release!


Tom Grzelinsky’s Feedback!

Hi Odin, Veronika, Sebastiaan, Willem,

Firstly, sorry, I do not know William’s email address, so please just thank him for his part(s) in last week’s course.

So, I want to say thank you to you all.

The course was very, very, very good. Very intense, lots of learning. It was good to realise how much I have already learnt myself over the last two years, and then to take it to another level with your course.

I am very happy with my new knowledge of distilling theories, the history of distilling and how the iStills work. And yes Willem, I even understand why we have two thermometers near the top of the Mini column now, I think!

I view iStill as a family. Like Apple Computer was many years ago. I like the idea of being part of this family and buying in to the iStill ecosystem. I first stumbled on this person called Odin with a weird avatar character near the beginning of my learning, probably 18 months ago, but I knew nothing about iStill then. I kept coming across this person and he was very open, sharing information and helping people on many forums across the net. I still new nothing of iStill, but I appreciated how helpful he was to everyone. It was only later, about 6 months ago that I discovered he had started a company making stills. I like that his enthusiasm and openness to share information and help people was evident in all of you last week. Lastly, Odin’s theories and the hardware philosophies (and efficiencies) of the iStills make perfect, logical sense to me – this is something I want to be part of.

I would now like your help in advancing my plans…

Tom Grzelinsky:


Scilly Spirit Distillery!

Hello Odin,

I hope all is well at iStill!

We wanted to share some news with you in that Art & I won and award for our bottle design:


It was for the whole spirits category and our award was presented at Olympia in London!  We are so chuffed!  Website is up and running and we’ve nearly sold all of our first batch within 2 weeks!  

The feedback on our gin is brilliant!  We had a Michelin chef and a TV chef on Scilly last week and we will be listed on his restaurant and also included us on the TV chef’s morning program!!

It’s great!  Thank you to you and your team for helping us make this happen! 💥💥🍸🍸

Very best to you, Veronika and the family!













Congrats HB and Tomislav!

Croatian Old Pilot’s Gin wins gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Old Pilot’s Gin

8 May 2019 – Old Pilot’s Gin, which is distilled by two former army pilots in Zagreb, Croatia, has won a gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Old Pilot’s Gin, which is created by Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac, won the gold medal for their London Dry Gin.

“This award means the world to us, because not only is an SFWSC medal a testament to the hard work, it’s a universally recognized indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship,” the pair said.

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

There was more success for Old Pilot’s as they also won the brozne medal in the Packaging Design Competition at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition for their bottle design. The bottle was designed by Zagreb agency Kofein.

“As spirits shelves become more crowded, aesthetics play a larger role in making a memorable first impression. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition pays homage to these unique, thoughtful aesthetics in the Packaging Design Competition. This separate competition evaluates the creativity, impact, execution, and overall effectiveness of an entrant’s packaging design,” organizers said.

The design of the Old Pilot’s Gin bottle impressed the panel of graphic and packaging design professionals to win the gold medal.

Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac (Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

Bušić and Anadolac met more than 20 years ago at the army pilot academy in Zadar. The gin enthusiasts decided to start a micro-distillery “Duh u boci” (The Spirit in the Bottle) and Old Pilot’s Gin was created.

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

“Old Pilot’s Gin is a London Dry Gin and a true example of Croatian “craft” spirit distilled with a selection of hand picked Croatian botanicals that grow in the Mediterranean and continental parts of Croatia. The special selection consist of Juniper, Sweet and Bitter Oranges, Lavender, Olive leaves, Sage and Angelica. A single bottle packed with best flavours Croatia has to offer”, is how the pair describe the gin.

“We use special techniques for the preparation and distillation in order to preserve all those botanical oils without dominant alcohol notes. The full process from preparation, distillation, maturation, bottling, labeling and wax sealing is done by hand. Every bottle is unique and special.”

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

“The shape of the label follows the shape of the plane’s wings, and the plane used for the visual is one of the most recognizable models in history. Every detail on the bottle has a meaning, a role in the story, and all together they unmistakably tell a story that was meant to be told – the story of two passions combined: flying and finest gin spirit,” Kofein, creators of the bottle and brand said.

Old Pilot’s Gin has already won a number of awards, including Best Croatian Craft Gin, a gold medal at the GinUrWay UK competition and a silver medal from the American Distilling Institute.