Townshend's Distillery is the next step for this team. They've begun to utilize their years of experience with botanical blending and tea to create herbal spirits from their kombucha distillate. Their offerings include a family of tea liqueurs, Italian amari (bitter liqueurs), and other botanical spirits, all distilled from a fermentation of tea and sugar. Crafting everything in-house from scratch ingredients, they strive to offer inventive additions to the worlds of both tea and craft spirits.
Townshend’s distilling process begins with artful Townshend’s Tea blends that result in Brew Dr. Kombucha and their own botanical spirits line. They steep organic Townshend’s tea leaves, herbs, and spices in boiling water until their flavors are fully extracted. After adding organic cane juice to the mixture, they send the sweetened tea to their fermentation room where they add bacteria and yeast. Over the next few weeks, fermentation takes place and the mixture turns into kombucha.
Once fermentation is complete, they use a custom vacuum still to separate the alcohol from the kombucha and send the tea distillate to a blending tank where they add as many as 30 more botanicals to the mixture. The alcohol extracts flavors, colors, and aromas from these ingredients. This step can take between three and eighteen days, depending on the product. After some filtering, a final tasting, and team approval, the spirit is ready to bottle!