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Meet Vikas Ghule, a distiller with over 17 years of expertise who is currently contributing to East Side Distillery Ltd., which specializes in gin production, blending, and liquid innovation for various spirits. In his recent interview with us for our 'Know Your Distiller' series, Vikas provides useful insights into the industry's issues, highlighting the significance of understanding how components affect flavor characteristics. The interview discusses Vikas's role in driving marketing and sales, the art of blending, and the issues presented by growing raw material costs.
Over 17 + years of experience and presently working with East Side Distillery Ltd. Distiller and Production. Experienced in R&D, Liquid innovation, Pot Distillation, Blending, Quality control, and Oak barrel maturation of Whisky, Gin, Tequila, Wine, Spice Rum, Brandy, and ENA.
I have been working in ESD as A Gin distiller and Production. its pivotal role where I delved into Distillation, Blending, production, and Liquid innovation. The job responsibility is diverse with an immense scope of learning and building a great path.
From Scratch, in my career, I had experience running pot distillation for various spirits such as Brandy, ENA, Malt whisky, and Gin. In these spirits, I felt different types of aromas and flavors come at different temp. Afterward, I was eager to learn about different types of spirits and their aroma and flavor Changes during Distillation.
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Gin - Knowledge and deep understanding of the impact of each spice, herb, and fruit root on a gin flavor.
Whisky - understanding the Raw materials such as Grain, Corn, and Malt alongside fermentation and distillation Processes.
Brandy - Selection of Grapes, Yeast, and control temp of Grapes fermentation as well as grapes spirit Distillation, blending, and oak Barrel selection for Maturation.
A distiller can work with their marketing and sales peers to create awareness of our brands.
To create the best new versions of spirits as per consumer demands and launch more products across various categories by implementing product and process Innovative approaches.
Working on a small medium to large distillery that makes a variety of spirits has numerous production challenges trouble shooting them daily is a key aspect of being a hands-on distiller.
About Doja I will explain aromas with a bold flavour profile, herbal note of our Doja gin.
In my view, the current challenges the spirits industry faces are surging Raw materials costs such as NGA, Botanicals, and Packing materials. This leads to manufacturing costs always going to the higher side. Despite the bottle price being stationary.
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I love a Scotch as well as Gin with signature cocktails. I can see myself savoring it by the riverside in a village.
Here is my favorite distilling part of Gin - 1) Malt whisky pot distillation to make malt whisky 2) Grapes spirit pot distillation to make Brandy 3) Neutral spirit distillation (ENA/NGA).
The base spirit should be Clean with a neutral flavor. That neutral spirit allows the distilled flavors and aromas of the botanicals to come through.
Blending is a simple process of adding high-strength spirits to de-mineralized water to reduce the strength of spirits for human consumption.
We have been implementing SOP for all stages such as Distillation, Blending, and Packing materials from that SOP we have been able to take care of production waste.
In the fermentation stage FAN (free amino acid) small peptides and Temperature are the most important factors for Yeast metabolism and they convert simple sugar into alcohol as well as create flavor and aroma profiles during fermentation.
Now in Asia Produce premium Quality Spirits as well as send them to overseas markets.
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