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About Odin

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  • Birthday 02/28/1969

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    Building state-of-the-art distilling equipment, designing state-of-the-art drinks

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  1. What ever happened to iStill?

    We are organizing new workshops to train Craft Distillers in the science of distillation: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/new-certified-istill-workshops/ Regards, Odin.
  2. Odin on Gin

    Mary Vincent Willow Tree Distillery Introducing Willow Tree Gin, Handcrafted in Bedfordshire, UK Willow Tree Gin is a premium spirit, lovingly handcrafted in small batches. We use a unique combination of 12 botanicals including freshly picked herbs from the family farm. Our process of selectively smoking botanicals gives Willow Tree Gin its distinctive flavour. The Willow Tree Story My name is Mary Vincent and I am the founder and Director of Willow Tree Distilling. My passion for experimentation with food and drink goes back to my parents living and working in Nigeria, my Dad as a teacher and my Mum in charge of a district hospital as a doctor. My Dad was a keen cook and especially loved creating recipes with unusual herbs and spices. I have followed in his footsteps; developing a particular passion for African and Indian flavours, which has been a guiding force in creating and developing my gin. My distilling journey has begun with Willow Tree Gin, which is produced on our farm in Bedfordshire; our family’s home for the past 40 years. We moved from the main farmhouse to the renovated barns in 2012, retaining the land which I now use to grow the herbs used in my gin recipe. Why Willow Tree Gin? Growing up on the farm with my 7 brothers and sisters is the influence for the name Willow Tree Gin. It brings back many fond memories of spending long summer days building tree houses and camps in the willow trees, as well as running a small farm in order to be self-sufficient with our menagerie of animals. Since deciding to launch Willow Tree Gin, I have been on a journey of exploration and experimentation using new processes, recipes and techniques to create a distinctive new gin. My inspiration for starting the business stems from my time in Detroit. As an adventurous twenty-something, I developed a love of travel and adventure and spent 5 years in the US. American’s love for risk-taking and entrepreneurship rubbed off on me and sowed the seed of starting my own business and so here I am, 3 children later, developing my own product and embarking on my own gin creating journey! To fit in around family life, I have had a varied career, most recently working in retail, where I was for 4 years. This job exposed me to new and interesting products and added to my inspiration to innovate and bring something new to the market in the form of my gin using smoked botanicals. As I was new to distilling, I attended courses and bought an iStill which was the best decision I made due to the excellent support package I received. I am passionate about my new-found career and have finally discovered what I want to spend my time doing! Now, 6 months in and I cannot believe how popular Willow Tree Gin is with local people. There is a growing trend in the UK to buy local and consume local produce. As the only distillery in Bedfordshire my gin is quite a novelty! My startup highlights I’ve met lots of lovely gin drinkers! My gin is now stocked in 5 local shops a mixture of farm shops and independent wine shops I was nominated by Enterprise Nation to pitch to Selfridges at KPMG in London in front of an audience’
  3. What ever happened to iStill?

    Do you want to learn more about what #iStill #innovations are eminent? What we have planned for you for 2018? Please read attached blog post! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/more-istill-innovations/
  4. What ever happened to iStill?

    William, our assembly hall manager, helps the Deeside Brewery and Distillery make some amazing vodka! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/deeside-scottish-vodka/
  5. What ever happened to iStill?

    Bob Hagemann's #iStill in #Forbes ... https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/istill-in-forbes/
  6. What ever happened to iStill?

    #Technischweekblad writes about #iStill! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/istill-in-technisch-weekblad/ iStill TW PDF.pdf
  7. What ever happened to iStill?

    Pictures of our visit to Thailand! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/…/vics-wedding-in-thailand/
  8. What ever happened to iStill?

    I am currently in Thailand for the wedding of our Australian iStill Wizard Vic and his (soon to be) wife Tanita. What a beautiful country. The food is amazing, the people helpful, gracious, and full of smiles. I'll try to post some pictures later today. Regards, Odin.
  9. What ever happened to iStill?

    Bill Owens Founder & President of ADI visits Still! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/bill-owens-visits-istill/ Regards, Odin.
  10. What ever happened to iStill?

    Haha! Just amazing new technology ... and it comes with the ladder! For distillers smaller than 9 feet ... Regards, Odin.
  11. What ever happened to iStill?

    Busy day here at the iStill Center. We have put 10 units on transport! For more info, see: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/the-mother-of-all-dispatch-days/ Regards, Odin.
  12. Odin,

      Do you have a Gin class in Amsterdam. Thanks, Roberto.

    1. Odin


      Hi Roberto,


      We have one in November, but that's already overbooked. Next one in Amsterdam is ... beginning of February. We do have a gin demo in Madison mid December and a 3 day certified workshop around January 21th in Utah ..


      Regards, Odin.

    2. roberto



        The one in Utah sounds good. Where can I get more information. Thanks, Roberto.

    3. Odin


      Hi Roberto,

      Can you give me your email address, so I can have you emailed some info?

      Regards, Odin.

  13. Odin on Gin

    All right, some more good news for the gin heads. Here's the five best Scottish gins. Proud to add that three of them are made with an iStill! http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/five-best-new-scottish-gins-including-newly-crowned-scottish-gin-year/ Regards, Odin.
  14. What ever happened to iStill?

    We are distilling single malt whisky as we speak. The smell of peat is amazing! Wanna know how we used the Extractor and iStill 2000 NextGen to mash, ferment, and distill? Here you go: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/making-single-malt-whisky-1/ Regards, Odin.
  15. What ever happened to iStill?

    Thanks for the write-up, Dave! And thanks for hosting those two days. I am pretty sure they will be awesome. We did some more things with the extractor. We made orangecello with it! Made a very, very nice product in like 3 1/2 hours. First in the lab, on a small size (see the link), and now we are upgrading it to a run with the i100 and extractor. https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/designing-orangecello/ Regards, Odin.