Matchbook Distilling Co. has done it again, another exceptional and well-crafted unique spirit. Late Embers was inspired by the earthen roasted piña's of the agave plant during mezcal production. Nows swap agave for sunchokes and here you have Late Embers. The spirit is full - it’s smoky and earthy with notes of pear, black pepper + rose rounded out by the smell of earth, concrete and grass after rainfall and freshly chopped wood.
Drink it neat. Drink it shaken with some sugar and citrus. Or stirred with some vermouth and a bitter.
For the Spirit Nerd: Matchbook built up their fire in the pit and began roasting 1800 lbs of local, organically grown sunchokes. They burnt wet burlap sacks to help increase moisture and build smoke. For the fermentation, they added some inulinase, an enzyme grown by aspergillus (koji) in a lab, to help finish the job of breaking up the fructose chains, making sure they wouldn’t leave any precious inulin behind. With the addition of water, local honey + champagne yeast, our fermentation began.
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