Our Process

Glyph is the first spirit made from the molecule up.

Whiskeys owe their flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel to hundreds, sometimes thousands, of molecules that develop during distillation and barrel aging. These are the building blocks of all spirits.

To make Glyph, we source these molecules directly from plants and yeasts, rather than obtaining them through distilling and aging. By using the same building blocks as conventional distillers, we create fine spirits through a process we’ve developed called note-by-note production.

Our process is different, but our commitment to quality rivals the best in the business. Each component is meticulously tested for purity.

Our resource-efficient process allowed us to produce Glyph, a molecular spirit inspired by whiskey, with 94% less water and 92% less agricultural land use in comparison to traditional whiskey-making processes. In its development, Glyph emits 87% less CO₂ emissions* compared to traditional whiskey manufacturers.
*This measure considers liquid only.

Step 1: Map

First, we create the profile of our desired spirit — its precise flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel — and identify the constellation of molecules (or notes) responsible for those characteristics.

Step 2: Source

Next, we gather those molecules from resource-efficient natural sources: for example, esters found in fruit, sugars found in cane and corn, and acids found in citrus and wood. We use a grain neutral spirit from corn as our source of alcohol — think of it as a blank canvas for flavor.

Step 3: Create

Lastly, we blend our ingredients together in small batches. Glyph is produced and hand-bottled in the historic Dogpatch neighborhood in San Francisco.

Step 4: Enjoy

Glyph is bottled and ready to be shared.