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distill from (something)

To refine something from another material through a process of condensation and evaporation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "distill" and "from." In a very simple sense, petroleum is distilled from crude oil.
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distill something from something

to derive product from something by heating and condensation. They distilled the lighter components from the raw oil. The alcohol was distilled from fermented grain.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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We have seen him, more successful under the name of Jacob than under that of Isaac, gain the friendship of Gryphus, which for several months he cultivated by means of the best Genievre ever distilled from the Texel to Antwerp, and he lulled the suspicion of the jealous turnkey by holding out to him the flattering prospect of his designing to marry Rosa.
Persuasion distilled from his mildly-curling lips; and, shabby as he was, perennial flowers of courtesy bloomed all over him from head to foot.
Hop-flavored liquors are made in various ways, but the whiskies generally get their flavor by being distilled from consumer-ready, hoppy beers, as opposed to the much cheaper regular whiskey mashes.
Nolet's Silver Dry Gin--Crafted at the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, Holland, Nolet Silver is comprised of a neutral grain spirit distilled from premium winter wheat.
American Harvest (Idaho, distilled from organic winter wheat)
Your eau de vie will still be aromatic if distilled from higher-alcohol wines, but not as aromatic as from a wine lower in alcohol.
Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery is launching a unique vodka, Naked Chase, distilled from English organic cider apples.
An Italian brandy, grappa is distilled from grape skins and seeds.
CUPCAKE This handcrafted, 80-proof vodka is distilled from grain with a touch of grape spirits and natural flavors.
It is distilled from a premium pilsener beer, with aromatic hops added, aged six years in American white oak, followed by three more years in stainless tanks.
One of the brands included in the agreement, Vermont White, is inspired by traditional Tuvan milk vodka, and is triple distilled from milk sugar and Vermont spring water.
All brandy is distilled from wine, so it comes as no surprise that most winemaking countries produce it.
Crafted with mixologists and chefs in mind, Herb's is distilled from select American grain, spring water drawn and the essential oils of fresh herbs.
While both use barley and water, irish is distilled from a combination of malted and unmalted barley if it is a single malt, and from a combination of malted barley and other grains if it is a blend.