The double distillation

We work with old “charentais” pot stills – the distilling kettles that produce the famous Cognac (originals! – our oldest one dates from 1927). The particularity of these stills lies in the two runs each distillation goes through: first we extract all the alcohol present in the original material, which gives us a brew of about 30% a.b.v. This is then concentrated in the second run, the reflux, to an alcohol of high volume and quality by cutting off the poisonous methyl alcohols in the “foreshot”, and the fusely end in the “tail”. What we keep is the clean and aromatic “heart” with which we create our specialties.

These are filtered only by gravity and without any treatment. As we use “living” ingredients, the taste of each series may vary according to the harvest – keep on tasting and let us surprise you!

Distilling to us means to be inspired by the generations that used the alambics before us. Throughout history peasants have recycled the fruit of their labour down to the compost. “Waste” is a modern concept. Processing produce in this sense to us means revitalising an almost extinct distilling method and thereby creating modern, surprising recipes.

Distilling means taking time with our organic ingredients in order to extract their “spirit”, as the alchemists say. In this region, the Garrigue, the Mediterranean sea, the mountains and the extreme climate together spawn unique aromatic fruits and herbs. All that needs doing is to capture and bottle them.

News

  • We are attacking our 5th year!
    Following our 4th anniversary, we have some news for you.

    Since the first of April 2018, L’Atelier du Bouilleur is four years old.
    As you all may have noticed, it wasn’t easy: we were n the brink of closing in autumn due to difficulties on several levels.
    So, we celebrate our anniverary and yay to survival!
    And, we have news to announce:
    1. We will (...)

  • AdB @ Wein Salon Natürel
    March 17./18, Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany

    Meet us at Surk-ki Schrade’s natural wine fair.

  • AdB @ Cracker Fair
    AdB’s spirits selling at the x-mas market in the abbaye de Valmagne

    One of the last occasions to get one of our bottles – at least for this year – on one of the biggest x-mas markets of the region. Don’t miss it.

  • We are closed for health reasons
    Please only contact us online.

    Since Septembre 15th AdB has been closed due to a serious illness. We cannot say yet when we will re-open. In the meantime, we can only be reached online.
    As soon as there are any news we’ll let you know.
    We are also selling our stock. If you are interested in our bottles, please use the (...)