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Aquavit

Aquavit is a spirits category encompassing many different styles of drink. Aquavit is most commonly distilled from grain or potatoes, though it can be made from almost any type of alcohol. Aquavit is typically flavoured with herbs and spices, which give it a characteristic flavour that can vary depending on the distiller. Aquavit is commonly enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif and is also often used in cocktails.

Aquavit has a long history, dating back to the 15th century. Aquavit was originally distilled in Scandinavia, and the name aquavit comes from the Latin aqua vitae, meaning "water of life." Aquavit was traditionally used as a medicinal liquor and was thought to have curative powers. Aquavit began to be distilled in Germany in the 16th century and soon became popular throughout Europe.

By EU law, the main flavouring should be either caraway or dill. Aquavit (or akvavit) is often consumed during a formal meeting, and it is usually drunk quickly from a small shot glass. In Norway, most aquavit is aged in oak casks, and the result is complex and should be served in a tulip glass to enhance the flavour.

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Silver Circle Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Silver Circle Distillery

A Welsh take on a Scandinavian classic, Silver Circle's Aquavit is made with the likes of caraway, fennel, rye, lemon, and raspberry. Wonderfully herbaceous, with a whiff of fruity sweetness offering…  More info

Silver Circle Aquavit
$36.50

O.P. Anderson Klar Organic Aquavit

70cl, 40%
O.P. Anderson

O.P. Anderson has been making aquavit since 1891! Mamma mia! This super (trouper) expression from the quintessentially Swedish brand uses entirely organic ingredients. Standing out in their range of…  More info

O.P. Anderson Klar Organic Aquavit
$27.93
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Aalborg Jubiläums Akvavit

70cl, 40%
Danish Distillers

This Aquavit from Aalborg was first created in 1946 to celebrate the centenary of their Taffel Akvavit. Jubiläums is flavoured with dill and coriander and it won a Gold at the 2001 International Wine…  More info

Aalborg Jubiläums Akvavit
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Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Akevitt Blank

50cl, 45%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

An unaged akevitt from Oslo Håndverksdestilleri. Though the Norway-based distillery already features a cask aged akevitt among their range, this isn't simply the same spirit bottled before…  More info

Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Akevitt Blank

Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Akevitt

70cl, 41%
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri

Cask aged akevitt from Norway's Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (producers of the brilliant Marka Nordic Bitter). A traditional spirit of Norwegian heritage, distilled using a selection of 13 botanicals,…  More info

Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Akevitt
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Nuet Dry Aquavit

70cl, 43%
Nuet

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…  More info

Nuet Dry Aquavit
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Hallands Fläder

70cl, 38%
Altia

Hallands Fläder is a Swedish aquavit flavoured with elderberry, creating a very elegant, refined but subtly sweet flavour profile. Fruit appears at the fore, with herbal hints of cumin and cinnamon…  More info

Hallands Fläder
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Brøndums Snaps Klar

70cl, 40%
A. Brøndum & Sons

Brøndums Snaps Klar, is a Danish Aquavit produced by Brøndum & Son - it dates back to 1840! Rather sweet and honey'd with a touch of liquorice in the background.  More info

Brøndums Snaps Klar
$25.34

Kimerud Håvaldsen Triple Cask Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Kimerud

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.…  More info

Kimerud Håvaldsen Triple Cask Aquavit
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Brondums Snaps

70cl, 40%
Danish Distillers

A mild, simple aquavit from Aalborg in Denmark - Brondums Snaps features light, herbal notes of caraway, which develops on the palate with hints of liquorice, fruit blossom and winter berries. With…  More info

Brondums Snaps
$29.41

Løitens Export Aquavit

50cl, 40%
Arcus AS

Løitens Export is a Norwegian aquavit which spends 3 to 5 months in oak casks before it's bottled. Works particularly well as an aperitif, or perhaps alongside an appetizer of cured meats.  More info

Løitens Export Aquavit

Isfjord Premium Arctic Malt Aquavit

50cl, 40%
Isfjord

A deliciously sweet Aquavit from Isfjord, made with a base of malt joined by honey and brown sugar. It's also produced using water from Arctic icebergs!  More info

Isfjord Premium Arctic Malt Aquavit

Bäska Droppar

50cl, 40%
Svenska Eldvatten

A particularly spicy schnapps here from Sweden, focussing on the flavours of wormwood! Enjoy well-chilled on a cold evening...  More info

Bäska Droppar
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Svöl Swedish-Style Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Svöl

Brooklyn-based Svöl has gone and made a Swedish-style aquavit! The main difference between Danish and Swedish aquavit is that Swedish ones tend to contain slightly sweeter botanicals such as dill,…  More info

Svöl Swedish-Style Aquavit

Helsinki Helsingfors Fiskehamns Akvavit

50cl, 41.5%
Helsinki Distilling Company

A Finnish Akavit from the Helsinki Distilling Company, producers of the rather excellent Helsinki Dry Gin! We reckon this might pair well with a fish-based entrée (not just because it has a…  More info

Helsinki Helsingfors Fiskehamns Akvavit

Arvesølvet Cask Aged Aquavit

100cl, 40%
Arvesølvet

From Det Norske Brenneri (the same folks behind Harahorn Gin) comes a cask-aged aquavit! Filled with local Norwegian botanicals including cumin, star anise and citrus, it's then rested in Oloroso…  More info

Arvesølvet Cask Aged Aquavit

Gotlands Saltörens Akvavit

50cl, 42%
Gotlands

Tasty akvavit from Sweden's largest island, made with a variety of herbs and spices including caraway and dill. We're told it pairs particularly well with fish, meaning the label isn't purely…  More info

Gotlands Saltörens Akvavit
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Arh Ma's Special Medicine Bristol Aquavit

70cl, 46%
Bristol Spirits Collective

Enjoy a taste of Scandinavia via the South West with Arh Ma's Special Medicine Bristol Aquavit from the Bristol Spirit Collective. They make this tipple with dill, caraway, juniper, coriander and…  More info

Arh Ma's Special Medicine Bristol Aquavit

Reimersholms Gammal Fin Herregårds Aquavit - 1980s

100cl, 43%
Reimersholms

A bottle of Gammal Fin Herregårds Aquavit from Swedish producer Reimerscholms, produced during the 1980s. 'Gammal Fin' translates to 'Old Fine', and this one has been matured in sherry casks.…  More info

Reimersholms Gammal Fin Herregårds Aquavit  - 1980s

The Spirit of Götaverken Swedish Snaps - 1990s

75cl, 0%
The Spirit of Götaverken

The Spirit of Götaverken produced this bottle of Swedish Snaps in the 1990s. It's extremely difficult to procure, which makes it one exceptionally rare Scandinavian delight. This bottle was part…  More info

The Spirit of Götaverken Swedish Snaps - 1990s

Lysholm No.52

70cl, 40%
Lysholm

Norwegian Aquavit created by Master Blender Ivan Abrahamsen using an intriguing selection of botanicals like star anise, caraway, ginger, coriander and bitter orange. Almost sounds a bit like a gin,…  More info

Lysholm No.52

Solståndet Mältat Akvavit

50cl, 47.5%
Bittermens

From the Dala range of Nordic-inspired spirits from Bittermans comes Solståndet Mältat Akvavit, a very interesting "malted Aquavit", which takes its cues from Danish small batch aquavits and Dutch…  More info

Solståndet Mältat Akvavit

Aalborg Taffel Aquavit - 1960s

Danish Distillers

An antique bottling of Aalborg Taffel Aquavit, produced during the 1960s. Sadly, the label has suffered a fair amount of fading over the years due to improper storage, but it remains a collectible…  More info

Aalborg Taffel Aquavit - 1960s

O.P. Anderson Aquavit 125th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 44%
O.P. Anderson

A limited edition bottling of O.P. Anderson Aquavit, released in celebration of the brand's 125th anniversary. This expression is made with spirit which has been aged in Cognac, Sherry and whisky…  More info

O.P. Anderson Aquavit 125th Anniversary Edition
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Linie Aquavit - 1990s

50cl, 41.5%
Linie

A collectible 1990s bottling of one of the world's most famous aquavit - Linie. The Norwegian spirit is said to age in casks aboard a boat during a four month voyage to Australia and back!  More info

Linie Aquavit - 1990s

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