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Clay Pot

Clay pot distillation is common in areas like Santa Catarina Minas and Sola de Vega, Oaxaca. Clay pot stills are smaller than the copper potstills, and they’re known for imparting a soft, colloidal texture with a distinct mouthfeel. Unlike copper stills, clay pot stills do not use a condenser coil. When the clay pot still is running, steam from the heated distillate in the bottom pot rises into the upper chamber. On top of the upper chamber sits a copper saucer, where cold water is frequently added. The steam condenses on the bottom of the saucer and collects on a plate in the upper chamber. The plate runs the collected condensation out of the still.

Clay Pot Still Mezcal Distillation

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