Empirical Spirits is entering the UK market through a partnership with craft spirits distributor Maverick Drinks.
Driven by “an obsessive focus on flavour”, Empirical Spirits was founded by Lars Williams and Mark Emil Hermansen, both alumni of five time world’s best restaurant Noma.
Lars and Mark’s aim is to take inspiration from both eastern and western techniques and traditions, deconstructing them in order to build something entirely new.
Instead of producing spirits that fit into well known categories, Empirical Spirits uses alcohol as a vessel for experimentation, combining surprising ingredients and concentrating on gastronomic experience over intoxication.
The Empirical Spirits portfolio, now available in the UK, comprises Helena, Charlene McGee Blend, Fallen Pony Blend, and Fuck Trump and his Stupid Fucking Wall Blend.
At 40% ABV, Helena is a clear expression of the barley koji spirit which is the base of all Empirical products and contains no botanicals.
Charlene McGee Blend is a 40% ABV koji spirit smoked with juniper and aged in Oloroso sherry casks.
Described as “a more aromatic spirit”, the 35% ABV Fallen Pony Blend blends quince tea and quince tea kombucha.
The fourth product in the Empirical Spirits portfolio, Fuck Trump and his Stupid Fucking Wall Blend, at a slightly lower 27% ABV, is a Habanero spirit rectified with a distilled habanero vinegar.
Michael Vachon, found of craft spirits distributor Maverick Drinks, said: “The freeform spirits being made by the team at Empirical Spirits are just the right balance of madness and genius.
“They’ve thrown out the rulebook and are committed to creating the most interesting flavours on the planet. We’re excited to welcome them to our portfolio”.
Ian Moore, COO at Empirical, added: “We’ve always been about honesty, quality. We want to work with good folks who stand for something.
“Maverick Drinks ticks all the boxes. They’re challenging the whole pay-to-play, retro game and really just asking why? I think that’s great and that’s why we’ve chosen them as our first ever distributor. Looking forward to it!”