White Whiskey From Nashua's Djinn Spirits

A new distillery offers something a little different



White whiskey is basically moonshine — a whiskey that is produced with little or no aging in traditional charred whiskey barrels. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any flavor. Husband and wife Andy and Cindy Harthcock started Djinn (pronounced Gin) Spirits in Nashua a few months ago using their own techniques to produce smooth and flavorful spirits.

The whiskey starts with malts and yeast that are fermented into a beer wort. The wort is transferred to a huge still kettle that Andy built using his engineering background. As the mix heats, the alcohol vapors rise through a 20-foot chimney and slowly condense back down the tube where the "head" (mostly lethal methyl alcohol) and the "heart" (the quality ethyl alcohol) and the "tails" (undesirable ethyl alcohol) are separated. Andy ages some of the heart production in 20-liter oak barrels and the rest goes straight into bottles for the Beat 3 White Whiskey. Without significant aging, the whiskey picks up flavor from the malt and yeasts that create congeners — byproducts of fermentation that are responsible for most of the taste and aroma of distilled beverages. From malt to bottling, the ratio is about 18 gallons of product from 450 gallons in the malt kettle.

For now, the only place their products can be purchased is the tasting room at the distillery in Nashua. Also available is a small barrel that can be filled with three bottles of Beat 3 and aged for about three weeks at home to produce a more deeply  colored and flavorful whiskey. Also available are a gin, aged whiskey and soon a clove-flavored Lithuanian liqueur called Krupnik.

Djinn Spirits
2 Townsend West, Suite 9, Nashua (Near Comcast off Amherst Street)
info@djinnspirits.com

Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arrangements can be made for group tours at other times.

 

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Hop on board a leaf peeper express
    Check out one of NH's scenic train rides for a truly unique foliage experience
  2. The Many Souls of Francestown
    There’s more to this village than meets the eye.
  3. Taking the Leap with Donut Love
    At North Hampton's newest donut shop, it's all about family.
  4. Walpole Epitomizes NH's Monadnock Region
    This wonderful, historic town epitomizes the Monadnock Region
  5. The Communal Charms of Contra Dancing
    A new generation takes to the dance floor
  6. How to Build Your Best You
    The path to self-improvement is a personal one, but there are guides along the way who can start...
  7. When Leno Met Vito
    Jay Leno was in NH to drive a steam car up Mt. Washington — and eat.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags