Empirical Spirits, Charlene McGee Blend (Smoked Juniper and Barley)


A juniper spirit inspired by the Scandinavian culinary tradition of smoking. Named after the underage pyrokinetic main character Steven King’s novel, Firestarter, Charlene McGee is made from juniper berries, juniper wood, barley koji, Belgian saison yeast, and pilsner malt. Juniper berries are smoked with their own wood, lightly crushed, macerated, and gently distilled at low temperatures to preserve the fruity, vibrant integrity of the botanical and the seductive smoky flavor profile. The final blend is matured in Oloroso casks to impart a faintly sweet and cozy note of woodiness. The spirit has refreshing base notes of fresh juniper, fruity blackberries and resinous, fragrant juniper sap that leaves a smooth, smoky finish. Unlike a traditional heavily peated spirit, this is an entirely brand new kind of flavor experience with smoke.


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