The Northern Maine Distilling Company was founded in 2008 by a husband and wife team of engineers with the explicit goal of creating the best, 'most neutral' vodka possible. Equipped with a college education in chemical engineering and product design, and driven by a passion to create and share only the best, the founders proceeded to design their own unique distillation system from the ground up. Constructed around the basic universal design of a 55-gallon drum, the resulting micro-batch pot still is capable of outputting supremely neutral hearts-cuts (the inner center of any distillation run), providing the first step to creating quality vodka.
As the Company’s popularity and production demands increased, the system expanded by adding additional 55-gallon micro batch pot stills, forming an array of many-small-stills vs one-large-still. This unique approach to production permits the company to grow output without ever changing the core recipe or distillation process. After distillation, pristine Northern Maine water is blended in until the desired proof is reached. Lastly, the vodka is chilled to 22 degrees Fahrenheit before being continually circulated over a bed of activated charcoal for 22 hours. Finally, the filtered vodka is tasted for neutrality against the previous batch and a minimum of two big name vodka brands. Each 'batch' of vodka contains approximately 250 bottles, each batch and bottle number is hand written onto the front of the bottle (flavors are not numbered.)
Northern Maine Distilling Co. doesn’t offer non-vodka spirits, just the one thing that they do best. Twenty 2 Crafted Expressions: Their bottle-infused flavors begin with straight 80 proof vodka, then a measure of real ingredients is added to the bottle. 100% of the color, flavor, and aroma comes from the ingredients in the bottle! Twenty 2 Crafted Expressions contain no added sweeteners, flavors, or otherwise hide/mask the true flavor of the real ingredients. Northern Maine Distilling is currently offering Vanilla Bean, Coffee Bean, Black Peppercorn, Cinnamon Stick, and Citrus Peel.