Every day I've spent at least two hours sealing or staining the various doors and windows around the Liquoristerie. It's been about eight years since anyone has done the job, so the wood soaks up a lot of sealant and stain. I've already gone through two 5-liter buckets of sealant, and I haven't even started on most of the windows. There are four sets of large wooden doors that I've been working on getting sealed, but some of them are so weathered that one set of doors takes almost an entire bucket.
On a different note, we got a new shipment of dried plants in, and we're going to start a maceration next week! Apparently the nomenclature is important over here, because we do not distill alcohol, we macerate plants. A distiller ferments sugar (using barley for whiskey, wine for cognac/brandy, etc.) using specialized bacteria in order to transform sugar into alcohol. A liquorist performs macerations, and uses high-potency alcohol in order to extract flavors from plants or spices.
He swirled the flask, mixing the alcohol and water solution together. Ideally, we want a mixture of about 57%, but I'll get more into the technical stuff when I post about the real maceration next week.
He let it sit for awhile with a cap on, letting the alcohol bring out the flavor of the dried leaves.
I'm looking forward to working on the maceration next week, it should be very interesting. I spent a lot of time this week translating their French version of the factory tour, and made up an eight page document for myself in order to prepare for the tour that I'm going to have to give soon. Pascal's going to need my help though; apparently the guy who usually helps him broke his foot, so he is incapacitated. I'm excited to take on the apprentice liquorist position though. Apparently, one person's accident is another's good fortune. C'est la vie.