About Empirical The Plum I Suppose (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 most 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.
The Plum, I Suppose is created by distilling plum pits from the plump Stanley plums and a healthy dose of Helena. Based on Lars Williams' favorite dessert ― plum kernel-infused whipped cream, potato mash, and plum compote ― the kernels are distilled into a sweet, light, and nutty spirit. The flavor is then upgraded with a herbal marigold infusion that adds aromatic floral notes.
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