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Empirical Helena (375mL)
About Empirical Helena (375mL)Flavors and smells are inextricably linked with memories. Empirical is about conjuring those treasured memories of birthday cakes, grandparents' traditional dishes, and various experiences ― all via spirits. They push the boundaries of what is expected of food, meticulously researching and crafting unique flavors.
Empirical was founded in 2017 by Lars Williams and Mark Emil Hermansen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Driven by curiosity, exploration, experimentation, and a constant need to improve. They have built custom machines, tinkered with hybrid fermentation and low-temperature distillation on their way to realize their vision. Sourcing the finest quality ingredients from across the globe is a given, they craft one spirit at a time, perfecting the flavors and aromas first.
Helena is the basis for many of their quirkier creations. Named after the song by Misfits, it's crafted with pearled barley that is steamed in an old butter churner. It is then combined with koji-kin spores, the mold that is a key ingredient in sake and miso. The barley-koji is left to ferment in a room with controlled temperature and humidity, then brewed together with pilsner malt and barley into a beer. After the beer ferments with the help of Belgian saison yeast. Even the distillation process is unusual, as they have opted for vacuum distillation, preserving the flavors and aromas in the finished 80-proof spirit that has rich sweet, umami, and floral notes.
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About Other Spirits
We understand that some people are explorers at heart, and the classics just won't cut it.
For those people, many other unique spirits are not listed in the main categories but are still worth the mention, such as absinthe, aperitivos, and other Special spirits.