The 2018 season for pawpaws is looking positive so far! Three trees so far were successfully pollinated (naturally) and miniature fruits are now visible. These trees will get a lot of TLC this summer to ensure a good yield for our award-winning pawpaw liqueur!
Mohawk Spirits Distillery Wins Silver and Bronze in Great American International Spirits Competition
We are happy to report that we received two medals in the Great American International Spirits Competition! Silver Medal - Strawberry Liqueur Bronze Medal - Pawpaw Liqueur
We are very excited about winning the Silver Medal in the Liqueurs category of the American Distilling Institute's International Judging of Craft Spirits. Our Pawpaw liqueur won the medal! We grow this amazing native fruit here in New York, which is made into a tropical-tasting liqueur with banana, apple, and caramel notes.
We just finished producing our first run of Aronia Liqueur, just in time for entry to the American Distilling Institute's International Judging of Craft Spirits for 2018. This liqueur is made from the black chokeberry, harvested here in upstate New York by hand. It takes a LOT of berries to make enough to process into
Our aronia berries and Meader persimmons are starting to ripen now! Aronia (aronia spp.) are also known as chokeberries, and at our orchard they are abundant on bushes and trees. Although the berries turn purple to black and sometimes red in the late summer, they are not ripe until the colder weather begins to set
In case you have never seen one, here is a very large 71/60 SGI liquid-dividing head. The silvering has been removed in this unit from a repair, which allows even more of the intricate glassblowing work to be seen. This head sits on top of a tall glass perforated plate Oldershaw column, and the entire
Here are some great diagrams of laboratory to pilot scale condensers. Some of these are custom built and are rarely seen in use! We would love to see an actual picture of a Bruun! Left to Right: Vigreux or Vigreaux (SGI). Glass indentations and drip tips along the column length. Mostly useless for spirits
Here are pictures (courtesy of SGI) of liquid-dividing and vapor-dividing glass distillation heads. We own both types, however, at Mohawk Spirits, we prefer the liquid-dividing head (liquid management distillation). We use a large 71/60 head, similar to the one at left below, at the top of a vacuum-jacketed silvered perforated plate column. Left: Liquid dividing
We just picked up about 300 pounds of fresh strawberries today! These beautiful fruits were hand-picked, de-topped, and washed in Stone Arabia, NY and transported back to the distillery. On the first day, we already pressed 70 pounds for juice. This year's strawberry brix is, on average, 5.5, which is tarter than last year's 8.0-9.2
Our New York Pawpaw farm is doing well, and getting a lot of rain and sun this year so far. One tree has 11 fruit on it alone! Some trees are mature, others are seedlings in tree tubes. All indications so far point to a fantastic yield for apples, bayberries, aronia, and pawpaws! Attached are