Deconstruct the Ingredient
Empirical macerates their botanicals separately in their own low wine. In the case of “The Plum, I Suppose”, plum kernels and marigold flowers. The two maceration blends are then distilled again resulting in several cuts of a clear spirit with flavor from the ingredients. Throughout the distillation run on a 500 liters still, they take on average 100 cuts. In doing so, they stretch flavor out before cutting it into segments that they can taste individually. Each cut captures a different aspect of whatever they are distilling, allowing them to deconstruct the ingredient, explore nuances as they develop, and splice them back together to construct an ideal profile. They also make a kombucha with the leftover marigold flowers, which they use as blending agent, instead of water. Allowing them to lower the ABV while bringing and extra layer of flavor.