This sour comes in a series which will be named after this torture’s various translations, while focusing on the flavorful unique ingredients originating from China.
Also called Death By 1000 Cuts, this torture was a favorite of Emperors ruling in the Five Dynasty Period and employed for a century, lasting from 900 CE – before being banned in 1905.
Records from the Ming Dynasty reference over 3,000 incisions made on a single victim and some were tortured over the course of three days.
The scarcely clad victim was affixed to a pole or framework where the executioner would begin to methodically make small cuts across the entire body. 100 minor cuts gave way to removal of extremities: tongue, lips, ears, nose, fingers, toes and genitals. With extremities removed, the carving of large portions of skin would be next. Slicing the skin off the thighs, back and chest. Finally it was down to amputations before death came swift from blood-loss, decapitation or a stab to the heart delivered by bribed executioner. The mutilated body would then be put on display for further humiliation. Being not considered “whole”, spiritually, goes against the beliefs of filial piety and was a great dishonor.
This Asiatic-style sour was aged on mandarin oranges, cucumbers lemongrass and yuzu for a bright complex citrusy flavor with a well balanced tartness that accentuates the different layers of citrus fruit that make up this unique beer.