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50cl - 32% ABV - 63€

Spirit

The Plum, I Suppose

Flavor

Marzipan, floral, bright.

Serve

Neat or over ice with citrus soda.

Feels like

The marzipan aroma of frangipane tarts in Grandma's kitchen from childhood. ⁠This spirit was in fact inspired by a dessert Lars once had; he still maintains that this is the best dessert of all time.

The Plum, I Suppose relies on the balance between two very different components. The kernel inside the plum stones is the foundation of this spirit, lending a marzipan, bitter almond flavor. Distilled marigold kombucha contributes floral and tannic notes somehow reminiscent of plum skins.

Our head of R&D Chris was doing a deep-dive into the idea of what we consider a tea (shaved woods, fresh fig leaves, dried fruits, etc.) things that were teas in the sense that they were dried “herbs”, but not necessarily a typical tea. That’s how we got to marigold: it has a tonic, floral note to it that adds both vibrance and aromatics to the final spirit.

The Plum, I Suppose is an instance where two very different ingredients combine to form a third completely different expression. The name is a reference to the Robert Frost poem, “The Rose Family.” One gets the sense of a delicate umeshu, a slight plum fruit flavor over an undercurrent of bottom notes that are ephemerally familiar. The top notes are what brought us to the name; there is no fruit in the spirit at all.

Customer reviews

"We are so happy with our Empirical purchase. The Plum, I Suppose was fabulous - I love the marzipan flavors that you get from something like an Austrian schnapps but this again had something extra special."

- Clovis, Ireland

"Love The Plum, I Suppose. How you manage to get the purity of the fruit married with such a smooth spirit is a wonder. I have been drinking various plum drinks for many years from my grandmothers homemade plum wine, Polish Vodka’s and illegal former Yugoslavian distillations. Yours absolutely leaves them in the shade! Of course."

- Graham, United Kingdom

How to drink The Plum, I Suppose

The Plum, I Suppose & Citrus Soda

Ingredients

  • 5cl The Plum, I Suppose
  • 12cl lemon or white grapefruit soda
  • Lemon zest

Method

  • Pour the spirit in a glass over ice.
  • Top up with white grapefruit soda and mix.
  • Garnish with lemon zest.
By Chris Stewart, Head of Research & Development

A Negroni, I Suppose

Ingredients

  • 6cl The Plum, I Suppose
  • 2cl Lillet Blanc
  • 1cl Suze
  • 0,5cl Curaçao
  • 0,5cl lime juice
  • Orange peel and lemon verbena leaf for garnish

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a glass.
  • Add ice and stir.
  • Oil glass with an orange peel and lemon verbena.
  • Garnish with new lemon verbena leaf.
By Chris Stewart, Head of Research & Development

Plumtini

Ingredients

  • 4,5cl The Plum, I Suppose
  • 2,5 dry vermouth
  • 1cl water
  • 1 dash Regans Orange Bitters No.6

Method

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Leave it in the freezer for an hour.
  • Pour in your favorite martini glass.
By Chris Stewart, Head of Research & Development

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