Ehime Cask 01
dried fruit and light vanilla notes.
Neat or over one ice cube.
Warming with comforting sweet spice notes.
Aging for 2 years and 10 months (December 2018) in an ex-bourbon cask. The beautiful notes of our koji based spirit Helena became even more complex with an American oak character and layers of spiciness and sweetness that navigates from dry fruit to light vanilla.
Although Ehime Series, Cask 01 has been resting at 55% ABV and developed a strong and flavorful character. This expression has been bottled at 46% to allow the flavors to open up and for the subtitles of the cask and spirit to shine in unison.
Each bottle ships with a signed copy of The Story of Ehime
Each bottle of Ehime Cask 01 ships with a copy of the short graphic novel about Ehime Cask 01, printed and folded from a single sheet of paper. Written by the Empirical team and based on true events, it is illustrated by our very talented friend Mike Hughes.
Each collectible is signed by Head of Production Rodrigo Nincao and Co-founder Lars Williams, who are both protagonists of the story.
“Empirical was not even a year old and a friend had given us an old bourbon barrel. We decided to fill it with our koji based spirit Helena to see what would happen to the flavor and aroma over time in wood. Mark and I envisioned a time far in the future where our kids, or even grandkids would crack the first ever aged barrel that Empirical had produced."
"About a year later my dear friend Shinobu Namae, a super talented chef in Tokyo called me with some bad news. The Ehime region of Japan where we’d spent a week learning the traditional style of Shoyu production, had been devastated by a once in a century flooding. Our friend had his ancestral home and factory completely destroyed. Namae-san was putting together a relief fund for the region and asked if there was anything we could donate.
I looked around our distillery; we were selling everything we had as fast as we could produce it but there was that barrel. It was definitely the most valuable product we had, both monetarily and personally. So we bottled it up, named it Ehime after the region that was destroyed by the flooding, and all the sales went to Namae-san’s fundraiser. This first barrel of Ehime is what inspired our new barrel program that is more of an experiment with both time and wood from around the world.”
The story of Ehime,
by Lars Williams
Such a unique spirit deserved its own unique bottle. As we could not find the perfect match for Ehime Cask 01, Lars and Rodrigo set themselves to design our own.
With the help of Refshaleøen-based glass blowing studio BLÆS, they created the first bottle prototypes.
The rice paper label is a nod to the origins of our first Ehime barrel.