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.
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.
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!
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.