Where is The Orientalist made?
The Orientalist is the first truly pan-Asian craft spirits company and will be produced in various locations around Asia including Shangri-La, Singapore, Jindo and so on. The best botanicals and ingredients are also sourced from all over Asia to provide an exotic sensorial experience like no other.
What is/why Longan (Dragon Eye) Honey?
Longan honey is collected by bees from the nectar of the longan tree during during blossom season in Thailand. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is one of the most exotic fruits loved in Asia and around the world.
Longan (also known as ‘dragon eye’ fruit) honey contributes beautiful floral nose and a hint of sweetness to our vodkas and gins.
What is/why Tibetan Highland Barley?
Tibetan Highland Barley (青稞) is a superfood cultivated on the Tibetan Plateau, at around 3,300 meters above sea level, that is rich in protein, β-glucan, flavonoids, tocopherol (VE), various amino acids and high dietary fiber, abundant vitamins, with low fat and low sugar.
It is the predominant Tibetan and Himalayan staple food but is also used to make the traditional Tibetan spirit 青稞酒 that we redistill to provide the light herbaceous notes and delicate structure to our vodkas and gins.
Why 9 types of Potatoes?
In a word, seasonality. Potatoes are widely recognized to produce the most premium vodka with creamiest luscious mouthfeel but are also notoriously difficult to distill well. The Orientalist is made with a blend of at least 9 types of the best potatoes depending on seasonality and availability.
Is your product gluten-free?
Yes, all our products are gluten-free. With any spirits, the distillation process removes any trace of gluten, even if it includes an ingredient like barley.
Is your product vegan?
Yes, all our products are vegan as we do not use any glycerin or additives. Not many people are aware, but a fair number of spirits are not vegan as they contain glycerin (unless specifically made from plant oil) to add a hint of sweetness and to improve mouthfeel.
Can I drink it neat?
Absolutely! Our vodka and gin are especially wonderful if chilled or ‘frozen’ and served as a ‘dry martini’ or just ‘on the rocks’.
Do I serve it chilled or at room temperature?
Vodka and gin are always better served chilled as it improves viscosity and mouth feel. Serving them chilled also allows the nose to slowly develop and evolve as you drink, adding a new layer of complexity.