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XO Alambic?

XO Alambic is a Washington brandy house with a curious name.  

XO universally stands for hugs & kisses, and simply for reading this, we lovingly sends those to you.  In spirit-speak, however, XO in Old World nomenclature is shorthand for extra-old, but we like to think that it means extraordinary!

The term alambic refers to the traditional style of distillation that relies on a batch technique in a single pot still ~ the ultimate in artisanal production of fine brandy. Batch production contrasts greatly with continuous distillation, which is most commonly associated with large-scale spirits production on what is commonly called a continuous, Coffey or patent still.  The distillation apparatus at XO Alambic is a 2000-litre, dual-kettle, pot-and-column hybrid still, referred to as a Figgins Reciprocator, a technical innovation brought to life by the master distiller himself.

It's about agriculture.  It's about alchemy.  It's about time.

Agriculture. Alchemy. Time. These three elements are conspicuously on display at XO Alambic. Our belief is that the pursuit of excellence in craft-distilled brandy involves all three of these, and thus, all of them conspire in the climb toward the creation of perfect brandy.  Farm-grown fruits, fermented slowly and then double-distilled, are patiently matured to become worthy of the XO badge.  Considering that the distiller's own Washington brandy has been secretly ageing for the past fourteen years, the brandy house's early releases are cause for great anticipation!  

XO Alambic.

A craft brandy house creating legendary brandy from the bounty of Washington agriculture. 

Well, to be absolutely precise....

It's about agriculture.

It's about alchemy.

It's about time.

Artisanal brandy from a single pot-still.  Always double distilled.  Made with expert care and attention.  Cask matured with patience.  These tenets are at the heart of every XO Alambic offering.  A stable of distinctive, hand-made brandies and brandy liqueurs to suit every taste.  

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