Empirical Helena

$68.99

This product is available in: CA, NH, NJ, NY, ND Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.

Size750mL Proof80 (40% ABV)
This spirit speaks volumes of the experimental approach that Empirical takes to fermentation and distillation. Involving koji-kin spores, multiple fermentations, vacuum distillation, and several unusual processes, the unique Helena serves as the base for their creations.

This product is available in: CA, NH, NJ, NY, ND Unfortunately, we can't ship to PO Boxes and APO addresses.

Notes

Note:  Once an order has been safely & successfully delivered, we do not accept returns due to change of heart or taste. Due to state regulations, we cannot accept the return of alcohol purchased by a customer in error.

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About Empirical Helena

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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It's a bright and floral profile with nutty notes, vanilla, and fruit. Then there's citrus, cardamom, and a pleasant sweetness throughout. Finishes fresh and clean.
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