Spir­its: Three trail­blaz­ers

The Week (US) - - Leisure - Black Cow Vodka Em­pir­i­cal Spir­its He­lena Sun­tory Roku Gin

The spir­its world is sud­denly rich with strange, won­der­ful new­com­ers, said John deBary in Bloomberg.com. In the past year or so, “there have been in­no­va­tions in al­most ev­ery type of booze,” and these “de­li­cious, weird” bot­tles are three of our fa­vorites.

($30/750ml). Made from dairy whey, this “su­per lush” vodka from Eng­land is more than a cu­rios­ity.

It’s “le­git­i­mately great.”

($65/500ml). Three bar­leys are fer­mented with a koji mold to pro­duce this Dan­ish spirit. It’s “wild stuff”—“mind­bend­ing” in its com­plex­ity and “ex­tremely re­ward­ing.”

($28/750ml). Sun­tory adds yuzu, san­sho pep­per, and other Ja­panese botan­i­cals to a clas­sic gin base to cre­ate a “bright, tasty” spirit that “just might give London dry gins a run for their money.”

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