I fantasized briefly about getting a rotary evaporator (http://www.buchi.com/rotary-evaporator_rotavapor.4695.0.html?utm_id=evso&gclid=CJfR--vmoZwCFQRM5QodNXn9lA) but my dreams were promptly shot down by a ludicrous price tag (about $10k). I also thought that, even if it is a great distiller (it's called an evaporator but what it essentially does is distill through evaporation... all distillers work through evaporation), how can I justify such a price tag? How much stuff can you distill before you make your money back?
Getting a massive clue after the price tag shock, I decided to aim much lower, and with the help of one of my sous, Sean Pera, we found this cheapo home distiller.
I distilled Earl Grey tea and it came out clear as water. It was off-putting to drink clear Earl Grey, but intriguing at the same time. And I can deal with a $100 machine that does what this one does.
I have also tried other teas and infusions and they have worked well. I am going to test using vodka instead of water as a distilling medium, since it appears that the evaporation process is much faster than with water, and this concentrates flavor better.