HELENA

After years of exploring new fermentation combinations, our co-founder Lars knew that barley koji had untapped potential as a flavor. Combining 60% malted barley and 40% barley koji together with pilsner malt, and Belgian Saison yeast, our first spirit was born. Sip, tilt your head, and you’ll find a delicately sweet, umami’ish and floral note.

40% ABV.
Flavor:
Bright, clean, floral.
Recommended serve:
Over Ice, with Green Tea and Lemon Verbena as a Garnish.

Helena is available to taste in 10cl.

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  • Research: What is kōji?
    Research: What is kōji?

    Research: What is kōji?

    Kōji is a fungus. In fact, a few fungi. The word is Japanese. The Japanese character for kōji means ‘rice flower’, which is exactly what it looks like when it’s growing—a landscape of white, fluffy, tiny flowers blooming from the surface of the grains.

  • The Making of Empirical
    The Making of Empirical

    The Making of Empirical

    We do things our own way. Taking a flavor-first approach means that we don’t pay attention to the conventional categories that traditionalists often want to cast us into. Instead, we focus on finding great ingredients and turning them into experiences.

  • Serves: Helena & Green Tea
    Serves: Helena & Green Tea

    Serves: Helena & Green Tea

    Helena is our base product: a double fermented clear koji spirit. The spirit combines a base flavor of sweet, floral notes from koji nuttiness and toasted bread notes from barley that give way to a bright, crisp umami finish. It is the foundation upon which all of our other spirits are built.

  • “Behind the Spirits”: a short film by Arthur Couvat about Empirical
    “Behind the Spirits”: a short film by Arthur Couvat about Empirical

    “Behind the Spirits”: a short film by Arthur Couvat about Empirical