Empirical Spirits Soka Sorghum Spirit
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Empirical Spirits Soka Sorghum Spirit

Item # 46127 750mL

For all of the extraordinary experiments that this brand undertakes, this more than anything before may be their biggest breakthrough. Sorghum Cane is a sustainable crop with unique and broad flavors that speak to the specificity of the terroir they are cultivated in. Empirical plans on making this around the world in the key growing regions for this plant, each expressing the unique attributes of place the plant brings forth. It drinks like something between an agricole or clairin style rum, and fresh fruit eau de vie and a super pristine vodka, which translates into a endlessly versatile spirit.

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Empirical Spirits are definitely in a singular category. These creations are unyielding to any particular definition and so much fun to explore. Soka is one of my favorites so far. Summer flowers, mango, melon, and cucumber aromas subtly ascend from the glass, but there is also an earthy element reminiscent of rhum agricole. On the palate these elements carry through with more intensity, as well as other tropical fruit flavors for support. The finish circles back to the more earthy end of the flavor spectrum. I'd definitely explore this as a martini base, adding yuzu or shiso bitters. I also recommend making a white sangria riff with honeydew and cantaloupe or using pickled watermelon rind as a garnish. As unique as Soka is, the possibilities are boundless.


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