The Two Headed Monster
Barber Lee Spirits specializes in harder to make, unique styles of spirits. Dedicated to traditional methods of distillation, they do everything painstakingly by hand (no computers allowed). They manually turn every dial and taste every cut in the distilling process. 90% of their production is whiskey (Rye & Bourbon), but they give the same care and attention to detail to all of their smaller projects as well (Apple Brandy, Absinthe, Rum, etc.) They are a grain to glass distillery: from the raw ingredient to the finished product, everything is fermented, distilled, aged, and bottled under their own roof.
Their styles of spirits are incredibly difficult to make. The single malt rye in particular is a sticky, thick mess of a mash that they developed their own methods for mashing/ fermenting/ and distilling. All of their equipment is custom built to handle their tough whiskey mashes, including the heart of the distillery: their copper still ‘The Two Headed Monster.’ This custom piece involves an alembic top on the left side which flows into a 4 plate whiskey column on the right, giving as much copper contact as possible to the alcohol vapor that passes through. The whole point: to make exceptional whiskey.