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Alembic

Distillation apparatus employed for the distillation of eau-de-vies, essential oils and floral waters. It is made up of 3 parts: a) pot b) swan neck lid c) condenser. Depending on the model the system may include different parts such as a preheater (Charentais Alembic) or column such as the Rotating Column Alembic or Reflux Column Alembic). The origin of the word alembic comes from the Arabic “al-ambiq” which lends weight to the argument that the Arabs invented this distilling apparatus.


Alembic head