Schnapps is a German distilled spirit made by fermenting fruit with a base liquor, usually brandy. Common flavours include pear, cherry, apple, apricot, peach and plum. The term Schnapps is derived from the low German ‘snappen’ meaning swallow, a reference to the fact schnapps is traditionally consumed as shots and are normally drunk as a digestif after a meal. Akvavit is a traditional Scandinavian spirit that is flavoured with spices and herbs including either Caraway or Dill. It derives its name from aqua vitae the Latin for ‘water of life’. It is usually served chilled and neat in small glasses and is the traditional accompaniment to a smorgasbord. These days Schnapps can be made anywhere especially Spain.
Golden hues welcome you to the vibrant, warm flavours of Aalborg Jubilaeum Aquavit. A few simple aromas work together to create a stunningly effective and endlessly drinkable creation. Herby dill works in partnership with coriander to add a depth of flavour to the fruity overtones of the aquavit. Citrus notes are particularly strong and combined with exotic star anise to create the rich, botanicals flavour that is wonderfully enjoyable. Wonderful when served with fish or chicken.
A name everyone is familiar with and a flavour that’s hard to forget, Archers Peach Schnapps has been popular since before most of us can remember. The natural flavour of the peach has been sweetened to create a moreish and endlessly drinkable taste which is most commonly and effectively paired with lemonade and crushed ice. Archers strong, sweet flavour also makes it a great choice for popping into an exotic or tropical cocktail.
Produced at Norway's Oss Craft Distillery, the Bareksten brand is all about clean flavours and ancient craft traditions, aiming to capture the raw nature of Norway within its dramatically beautiful bottles. This expression is built around a potato-based spirit, flavoured with classic aquavit botanicals along the lines of caraway, fennel, anise and more, then rested in Oloroso sherry casks.
The fresh and fruity flavour of apples bursts out of every bottle of Berentzen Apfelkorn. This sweet yet powerful schnapps benefits from the full flavour of sun-ripened apples which provide a flavour like no other. The sun ripened provides a sweetness you won’t find elsewhere and it’s paired wonderfully with the low ABV which makes it enjoyable when drunk neat. A must for a truly tempting Apple Martini, Berentzen Apfelkorn deserves a spot in your drinks cabinet.
Kimerud's Håvaldsen Triple Cask Aquavit is an enjoyably complex tipple based around a selection of botanicals that includes caraway, coriander, angelica, mint, ginger root, orange and lemon peel. Building upon this, the Norwegian distillers have matured the aquavit in a trio of casks - sherry casks, Madeira casks and French oak casks. This has helped to develop a full-bodied and powerful flavour profile that we're really impressed with.
Linie Aquavit is a traditional Norwegian potato-based caraway spirit. Differing from the Danish examples, those from Norway must be matured in old sherry casks. with added aniseed, this is rich and complex.
A classic brand of Swedish Aquavit, O.P. Anderson is flavoured with caraway, aniseed and fennel. It's well known and well loved. The label has not changed much over the years, and O. P. Anderson is one of the oldest Swedish aquavit brands around! Skål!
The most famous and popular flavour from Spanish producer Teichenne, Butterscotch is a creamy and powerful liqueur which is enjoyed wonderfully over crushed ice or simply on its own. One of the creamier schnapps on the market, the intense flavour of Teichenne’s Butterscotch is wonderful when combined with dessert cocktails or even poured decadently over ice cream. Techienne Butterscotch schnapps is sweet, enticing and if you’re partial to a cream-based cocktail, this is definitely one for you.
Death by chocolate doesn’t sound too bad and when you consider Teichienne Chocolate has a good dose of schnapps in there too, it sounds even better. Teichienne Chocolate is sweet and velvety in the mouth, with the indulgent chocolate notes ideal for crafting a decadent chocolate martini or dripping delicately over dessert. Warming and more than welcome on a cold winter night, Teichienne Chocolate liqueur is wonderfully balanced and surprisingly delicate considering its decadence.
Fresh with notes of bitterness, fragrant Teichienne Green Apple liqueur is perfect for both summer and winter drinks. The green apple flavour is both juicy and refreshing, with sweet satisfying undertones that aren’t overpowering or too sugar. Teichienne Green Apple is drier and lighter than other apple schnapps which makes it a popular choice for cocktails where the addition of apple is desired without a heavy hit of sugar.
Capturing the flavour of the delicate raspberry isn’t an easy task but Teichenne do it in style. Teichenne Raspberry schnapps is bursting with fruit flavours and fresh berry aromas. The essence of raspberry is present from the off and it’s a wonderful addition to spritzers, great for mixing up bellinis and even adding to the occasional martini. Perfect for mixing up the classics, Teichenne Raspberry brings something refreshingly different to the table.
There’s nothing sweeter than a succulent strawberry to pep up your favourite sparkling summer drink. Teichenne Strawberry schnapps is the perfect addition to your drinks cabinet and it adds a touch of real summer flavour to your cocktails and concoctions. Whether you fancy a strawberry daiquiri or champagne with a twist, Teichenne Strawberry schnapps offers a fresh and fragrant bouquet of berries, with the essence of strawberries present throughout. Smooth from start to finish.
A fragrant and aromatic schnapps rich in vanilla and inviting in many different ways, Teichenne Vanilla works wonderfully with so many different flavours. Whether it’s the centrepiece in a cocktail of its own or it plays a secondary role in a creamy indulgent drink, Teichenne Vanilla is intensely flavoured and an authentic addition to your drinks cabinet. Its creaminess is perfect for teaming with other dessert flavours.
Berentzen Korn is a famous and popular German schnapps which uses maize as its main ingredient, in line with the traditional ‘Korn’ legislation. Berentzen is one of the most popular schnapps producers in the whole of Germany and the flavour of this offering is subtle and light and often combined with other schnapps by German drinkers, not to say you can’t give it a go too. Smooth and velvety on the palate and a little different from your regular flavours Berentzen Traditional Korn Schnapps is not a flavour you’ll forget.
Kummel takes its name from German and Dutch derivations for cumin and caraway seed, which, alongside fennel, are used to flavour this colourless liqueur.
Palate: Fennel and liquorish dominate the palate.
Finish: The finish is refreshing with clean anise notes.
Overall: A clean, anise-led, liqueur best-served chilled.
Luxurious and indulgent, Goldschlager is a spiced cinnamon liqueur with real gold flakes. It’s vibrantly spicy with the real taste of cinnamon and the additional spark of that genuine gold in each sip. The aroma is pungently sweet with that familiar fragrance of cinnamon and it leads into a flavour which is sweet and syrupy but fired up with cinnamon spice and a chilli-like heat alongside it. The finish is long, highly spiced and you can be sure it’s that cinnamon heat which takes centre stage.
A classic Danish liqueur Kummel Wolfschmidt is a refreshing and sweet smelling drink which is packed full of flavour. Syrupy in the mouth, each sip of Wolfschmidt is full-bodied and fiery, with pronounced notes of caraway, aniseed and hints of citrus and fresh peppermint. The heat gives way to a sugary sweetness which is very welcome and blends wonderfully with the deeper, spicier notes. Caraway and aniseed linger on considerably after drinking.
Nutty Sri Lankan arrack is a distinctively flavoured drink which utilises the flavours of some of the country’s most naturally occurring plants. The sap of the coconut flower stem forms the key ingredient of the drink and is combined with a range of hand-picked botanicals and distilled in a traditional column still. The result is a flavour which is reminiscent of diluted whisky with recognisable nutty and malted notes and the added fruitiness of dried strawberry. A truly unique flavour.