The World’s Only Single-Varietal Rum Distillers, Kō Hana, Revive Hawaiian Sugarcane

Field-to-bottle rum crafted with a strong sense of place and history

In 600 CE, Polynesians set sail for the Hawaiian islands on canoes and brought with them select varietals of sugarcane. This was centuries before Christopher Columbus ever got to the New World and spread the crop throughout Europe. Hawaiians valued the plant holistically and medicinally, using its sweet juice to maintain gum and teeth health, relying on its leaves for thatching, and honoring the plant …

Spirit Producing Pioneer Empirical Debuts SOKA, Distilled From American Sorghum

A deliciously flavorful new liquid that defies categorization

Founded in 2017 (but only available in the US circa 2019), Copenhagen-based alcohol innovation and “flavor company” Empirical is on a quest to contribute extraordinary experiments to a liquor market that often bows to tired trends. As such, releases by the pioneering brand tend to be a breath of fresh air or (in a more literal senses) with the release of SOKA, their new spirit distilled …

Sông Cái’s Lush Gins Embody Vietnam’s Diverse Terroir

The first-ever gin from Vietnam celebrates the overlooked and authentic spirit of the country

Founded by Daniel Nguyen, Sông Cái is the first gin to be made in Vietnam—an accomplishment that seems surprising given that the country’s rich forests that abound with flavorful botanicals ripe for spirit-making. Nevertheless, much of Vietnam’s mountainous landscape is mistakenly associated with rice paddies and deltas rather than vast habitats. To showcase the country’s diverse terroir, Nguyen cultivates Vietnam’s rare heirloom flowers and fruits …