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Ehime Cask 02

Regular price $150.00 USD
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herbal spice.


Neat or over one ice cube.

Aged for 3 years in an ex-bourbon cask, our floral and nutty kōji-based spirit Helena developed complex nuances over time.

The American white oak imparts a familiar toast and comforting sweet spice. The many layers are unlocked and fully expressed at 48% ABV for a warm and smooth drinking experience. Rich butterscotch and toffee aromas lead the way, followed by a deep root-forward earthiness. The long and lingering finish reveals subtle savory and herbal notes of anise.

48% ABV






“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.

Please enjoy.