Why Home Distillers ?

In a discreet garden hut somewhere in the Auvergne countryside, two brothers passionate about distillation who take advantage of the night to launch their still... Al Capone's spirit is not far away!

Homemade distillation, or Home Distilling, is a practice that had its heyday during the American prohibition. Moonshiners (Moonshine meaning "moonlight" in English), produced their alcohol under cover of sight at night in isolated huts, to sell them to dark rooms that were beyond the control of the American police.

Entreprise illégale à but lucratif

Moonshiners

Vente de whisky par les Moonshiners

That's all it took to identify with this and become Home Distillers of Auvergne whisky. With one difference, the goal pursued!

Unlike Al Capone, Distillerie des Bughes was legal when it was created in 2014, and non-profit in its early days. Our philosophy has always been to produce low distillates with the best possible quality result. After several years of work, the results being good, we decided to take the distillery out of its isolated hut, to use beautiful traditional copper stills hammered by hand and to propose the fruit of this work and our passion for malt distillation.



From grain to stills

The Home Distillers range focuses on quality, with the best raw material, slow artisanal mixing to develop a maximum of flavours and precise distillation to select the best alcohols.

The grain used is slightly peaty malted barley, measured at 20 ppm, GMO-free. This gives character to Home Distillers products without peat being omnipresent when tasting. Malt brings a lot of aromas, which is why we work with 100% barley malt.

Grains d'orge malté

Malting is a process of germination / stopping the germination of the grain that will allow it to develop an enzyme that will transform the starch naturally present in the grain into sugar.
During this operation, peat can be used. Peat is a dry mud used during malting that gives a smoky taste to whisky.
ppm are millions of particles that measure the degree of impregnation of peat in the grain.
Humans perceive peat between 10 and 80 ppm.

Mont Devès au coeur de l'Auvergne

The water used is mountain water from Haute-Loire. This is the water of Montagnac, a hamlet located at an altitude of 1000m near Mont Devès. It is also with the water used that whisky made in Auvergne takes its character.

Brewing is the first processing of the grain. The water is brought to a certain temperature and the grain is added so that it is stirred. At this point, the starch in the grain is transformed into fermentable sugar at first. It is the stage of saccharification. Then we make a second stage which allows us to develop sugars that are not fermentable but rich in aromas.

Fermentable sugars will be transformed into alcohol during fermentation under the action of yeasts. The brew will obtain an alcohol content of 5° after a few days. Whisky is a coarse beer that is distilled and aged!

Brassage du whisky



Whisky distillation

Distillation control is our specificity. We have learned to make the most of the grain and only select the heating cores during distillation. These are the best alcohols. Our philosophy is that a good whisky should already be as soon as it comes out of the still, before it ages.

To obtain an exceptional heating core, we use 8 traditional copper stills, hand hammered, and we rigorously select the alcohols we keep.

Alambics & distillation

Distillation du whisky

All our spirits, whisky or not, are distilled twice and the selection of alcohols is made during the second pass. Each degree of alcohol can be associated with a different aroma. The selection of alcohols is therefore made on the nose to have the best possible aromatic palette.

The use of traditional copper stills helps us to move in this direction for the manufacture of our Auvergne whisky. Stills have a onion shape and a short gooseneck that produce fatty alcohols, lower in alcohol and more charged with aromas.

Alambics

French whisky producer

But not yet a seller! Currently, the products offered by the Distillery of Bughes are spirit drinks made from 100% malted barley.

The first whiskies will be on the market from 2020 and will also be made from 100% malted barley. This French whisky will come from barrel aged that has contained sherry.

Another series of French whisky will be marketed in 2027, using casks from the Tonnellerie Desfrieche in Calvados. These are barrels that have contained Médoc, been sanded and roasted again, and then contained Calvados for a few months. This is a unique ageing process that has never before been proposed.

The Home Distillers range

Whisky Home Distillers

The characteristics of our spirits can be found in the product data sheet. We propose two of them which are made with 100% malted barley, slightly peaty (20ppm) and the same mixing.

The selection of alcohol is different, which gives them a common framework with the smoky taste of peat, then completely different aromatic palettes.

Then, it is the essence of the oak chips used that will complete the aromatic palette of the spirit, and give it its colour. For each product, we select a source and a level of roasting of the oak used. The wood must not give aromas that take precedence over the aromas of the grain.

We do not add any colouring or caramel to our products, and they do not undergo any cold filtration.

Each bottle is hand waxed, numbered and signed. It is a question of highlighting the manufacture of small series of quality, carried out with great know-how, patience and passion.