Passion in the Product
Chadwick's Triple Distilled Maple Craft Spirits are truly a labor of love. The amount of time and care that goes into collecting the sap from their family's own maple trees and carefully boiling it down into maple syrup alone is a testament to this. Many of the ingredients are literally hand-measured and carefully combined. It is a tedious and time-consuming process as each batch is aged to perfection. But one sip of the smooth, warm taste it produces will tell you it's worth it.
The Mash Gets Distilled
Once the Mash is at its peak, it's ready to be distilled. This is the critical process of boiling off the unused portion of the mash, and extracting the liquid alcohol. It takes 8 gallons of distilled mash to extract 1 gallon of pure, clear alcohol. Usually two of the 50 gallon drums are distilled at a time in the Chadwick's own 100 gallon distiller. It's a relatively simple process, but requires time, and a watchful eye.
The Alcohol Gets Distilled...Twice.
Preparing the Mash
The Mash is the base of the entire product. For Chadwick's Craft Spirits, it starts with a handful of natural ingredients poured into sterilized 50 gallon drums. This is carefully and intuitively done by Lynn Chadwick herself. It's then allowed to ferment for 1-2 weeks, reaching the desired alcohol content.
Every bottle of Chadwick's Maple Craft Spirits is Triple Distilled. This means that the clear, 140 proof, alcohol that is collected from the first run is put through the distilling process twice more. The final product reaching 170 proof.
Triple Distilled Alcohol is Aged in Oak Barrels
This simple step requires a substantial amount of time, but is absolutely critical to the final product. Chadwick's Maple Craft Spirits are aged in relatively small portions to perfect the exact taste and color they are so proud of.
Aged product is tested
As with every step of the process, the oak aging is done completely on the Chadwick's own property. In fact, the oak barrels pictured above are racked in the cabin that Larry Chadwick built himself from logs harvested from his own land.
Being in such close proximity gives the Chadwick's the ability to test the product on a regular basis, and determine the perfect amount of time before being bottled.
Each batch is tested on a regular basis to ensure optimum taste and color.
A Touch of Maple Syrup is Added
The pure, 100% maple syrup added to Chadwick's Maple Craft Spirits was boiled down from sap collected from the Chadwick's own maple trees. Requiring 40 gallons of sap for every 1 gallon of syrup, it's a relatively time consuming process in itself, but worth the flavor. The exact amount needed is added during the bottling process.
The Final Product
Chadwick's Maple Craft Spirits pay tribute to Larry Chadwick's original inspiration by incorporating their family's love and respect for the Maine wilderness into each bottle.