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.
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.
Born from a desire to bring the Scandinavian spirit of Aquavit to the world, Nuet Dry Aquavit features traditional elements (like a potato-based spirit, and plenty of caraway) alongside some more non-traditional ingredients, like grapefruit peel, blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaves. A wonderful blend of the familiar and unfamiliar, it works well as the base for all sorts of cocktails, and even simply served with tonic water.
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.
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.
Traditional Schnapps & Akvavit
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.