Sep 15, 2022
In this wide-ranging
conversation with Jackie Summers, creator of Sorel, some of the
topics we discuss include:
- How Jackie has led a life of continuous
transformation on his way to creating Sorel: battling a spinal
tumor, leaving a successful corporate career, and becoming
America’s first black distiller since Prohibition.
- The intriguing wellness and flavor properties
of hibiscus, which has more vitamin C than most citrus fruit, but
that can be problematic as a single-note flavor.
- Why it took hundreds of test batches and
experiments to perfect this product, which comes to us as the
result of centuries of stolen bodies, stolen spices, and a
resilient oral tradition that sings at the genetic
- The difference between “Sorrel,” the drink and
“Sorel” the brand, by way of some apt wisdom from Jackie’s
childhood speech coach.
- Along the way, we cover the terroir of North
African Hibiscus, why liquor years are like dog years, what to
drink with the philosopher who went toe-to-toe with Machiavelli,
and much, much more.
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