In the realm of non-alcoholic spirits, Lyre’s White Cane Spirit is a unique creation born from the discerning choices made by David Murphy, the Flavour Architect of this Australian-based non-alcoholic spirit brand. Murphy’s background as a wine sommelier and his tenure with esteemed establishments like Rockpool and Nobu inform his approach, resulting in a product defined not by overarching brilliance but by the calculated selection of flavour profiles.

Origins and Flavours: A Methodical Journey

Lyre’s White Cane Spirit’s inception is rooted in a methodical examination of the flavour attributes intrinsic to top-tier alcoholic spirits. To maintain authenticity, Murphy and his team meticulously deconstruct the intricate facets that define each spirit’s essence. This process involves identifying benchmark spirits that offer inspiration for their non-alcoholic counterparts.

Constructing the Flavour Landscape

Creating the flavour landscape of Lyre’s White Cane Spirit entails a meticulous interplay of distillates and extractions sourced from meticulously chosen natural elements. Although Lyre’s White Cane Spirit itself doesn’t originate from the distillation of sugar cane, the focus lies in replicating the unique flavours of a distilled and aged product. This endeavour might include a thoughtful assembly of creative like-scented and like-tasting elements, such as caramelised popcorn, coconut, and candied banana, to establish the core flavour/scene profile that makes up its unique character.

From left: Mark Livings, Lyre’s CEO, David Murphy, Lyre’s Flavour Architect

The Art of Crafting Alcohol ‘Booster’ Distillate Mixes

In the realm of non-alcoholic spirits, where the absence of alcohol necessitates ingenuity, adding an alcohol ‘booster’ distillate mix assumes a crucial role in replicating (in part), aiming to replace the ‘burn’ characteristic of an alcoholic spirit. Murphy’s ‘booster’ distillate blend incorporates natural chemical components derived/extracted from chilis, peppercorns, and capsicums. The harmonious interaction of these adds heat and complexity to the final product. Murphy and his team individually crafted different ‘boosters’ for each non-alcoholic spirit in Lyre’s range, which is diverse.

Pioneering Future Improvements

Lyre’s commitment to innovation and quality permeates every stage of its production, and from what Essentials has learned, the company’s ethos extends to exploring novel avenues for enhancing future products. This endeavour involves addressing the challenge of replicating the mouthfeel and viscosity of alcoholic spirits through innovative means. While one solution might be using sugar syrup, Murphy explains that, obviously, that would make a final product too sweet, so Lyre’s is now experimenting with new options like natural fibres and cellulose gums, striving for enhanced mouthfeel without compromising the drink’s character.

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From Production to Global Palates

Lyre’s commitment to quality and innovation is showcased not only in its flavour profile but also in its production process. Every bottle is a result of a meticulous blending of individual ingredients, an approach that remains consistent regardless of production volume. This attention to detail ensures that each sip of Lyre’s White Cane Spirit truly reflects the brand’s dedication to excellence.

The Road Ahead

As Lyre’s White Cane Spirit makes its way from Melbourne to international markets, it encapsulates the ongoing evolution within the non-alcoholic beverages landscape. David Murphy’s strategic decisions and the resultant flavour profiles serve as a catalyst for the drink’s creation. Lyre’s White Cane Spirit stands as a testament to the calculated pursuit of crafting non-alcoholic alternatives that reflect the essence of their alcoholic inspirations, and with each sip, it invites contemplation about the ever-shifting definition of beverage enjoyment

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