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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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Skåne Akvavit

70cl, 38%
Altia

A popular Swedish aquavit, first produced all the way back in 1931. Traditionally spiced with caraway and fennel, as well as anise, it's something of a classic, some might say. It's named after the…  More info

Skåne Akvavit
3
$20.56

Aalborg Dild Akvavit

70cl, 38%
Aalborg

While regular Aalborg Akvavit features a yummy full palate of caraway notes, this Aalborg 'Dild' variation of the Danish spirit features the fresh, earthy, herbal flavours of dill and just a smidgeon…  More info

Aalborg Dild Akvavit
1
$29.90

Linie Aquavit Double Cask

70cl, 41.5%
Linie

The famed Linie Aquavit, which is matured in oak casks on a boat! However, their Double Cask expression is treated to a second maturation after it takes a long voyage and crosses the equator twice.…  More info

Linie Aquavit Double Cask
1
$36.50

Bareksten Botanical Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Bareksten Spirits

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…  More info

Bareksten Botanical Aquavit
2
$43.91

Gammel Opland

70cl, 41.5%
Arcus AS

Gammel Opland aquavit spends two years ageing in oak barrels before it's bottled, which imparts a sweet, creamy vanilla touch to the overall flavour profile, which is rich with caraway. The recipe is…  More info

Gammel Opland
2
$33.52
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Orkney Akvavit

70cl, 41.5%
Orkney Gin Company

All the way from Orkney comes Orkney Akvavit, which is said to be the first Scottish akvavit! It's distilled eight times, and features the likes of caraway, citrus and rosehip among its botanicals.…  More info

Orkney Akvavit
4
$40.53

Stockholms Bränneri Akvavit

50cl, 38%
Stockholms Bränneri

Stockholm Bränneri took inspiration from the Swedish midsummer for this fragrant aquavit. The folks over at the distillery describe aquavit as Scandinavian gin, having infused the spirit with dill…  More info

Stockholms Bränneri Akvavit
2
$34.98

Aalborg Porse Snaps

70cl, 40%
Danish Distillers

A bottle of Aalborg Porse Snaps, a Danish treat flavoured not with caraway or fennel like other aquavit. No, Porse Snaps is flavoured with the Porse plant, known as the Myrica Gale in other parts of…  More info

Aalborg Porse Snaps
3
$30.52

Aalborg Taffel Akvavit

70cl, 45%
Danish Distillers

Aalborg Taffel is a classic Aquavit, released in 1846. It has a lovely caraway, citrus flavour, and was heralded as Best Aquavit in the World at the 2002 International Wine and Spirit Competition.  More info

Aalborg Taffel Akvavit
14
$29.90

Spirit of Hven Organic Oak Matured Aqua Vitae

50cl, 40%
Spirit of Hven

Silver medal winner at the 2012 International Spirit & Wine Competition, this premium quality aqua vitae is oak matured before and after pot distillation at the Spirit of Hven distillery. This unique…  More info

Spirit of Hven Organic Oak Matured Aqua Vitae
2
$33.76
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Linie Aquavit

70cl, 41.5%
Linie

A fine Norwegian aquavit aged in a fabulous and unusual manner; Linie is taken in sherry casks for a four month quest, sailing to Australia and back again before bottling. This results in many…  More info

Linie Aquavit
7
$30.57
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O.P. Anderson Aquavit

70cl, 40%
O.P. Anderson

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…  More info

O.P. Anderson Aquavit
6
$27.93

O.P. Anderson Björk Aquavit

70cl, 37.5%
O.P. Anderson

O.P. Anderson named this aquavit after its main ingredient, Björk! No, not the singer, but the botanical – björk is the Swedish word for 'birch', and you'll find birch buds and birch sap among…  More info

O.P. Anderson Björk Aquavit
$27.87

Linie Aquavit Madeira Cask

70cl, 41.5%
Linie

This edition of Linie Aquavit enjoys the same seafaring adventure as their classic expression (spending 4 months maturing in oak on a boat which crosses the Equator twice), but it's then treated to a…  More info

Linie Aquavit Madeira Cask
$36.81

Åhus Akvavit

70cl, 38%
Åhus

Åhus Akvavit comes from a town that shares its name, produced at a distillery that has been making Swedish spirits since 1906. It's made with a combination of caraway, fennel, rosemary and citrus,…  More info

Åhus Akvavit
$29.91

Bivrost Cask Aquavit

50cl, 40%
Bivrost

Cask Aquavit from Bivrost starts its life much like its unaged counterpart, distilled from potatoes and flavoured with caraway, orange, star anise, coriander and fennel. Then, however, this…  More info

Bivrost Cask Aquavit
$32.23

Aalborg Nordguld Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Aalborg

An indulgent Danish treat, Aalborg Nordguld Aquavit is distilled using a very special ingredient - amber. Not only that, it was also aged in ex-Sherry casks to add further depth and complexity to the…  More info

Aalborg Nordguld Aquavit
$39.34

Løitens Aquavit Three Star

70cl, 40%
Arcus AS

The Three Star expression of Løitens Aquavit spends 8 months resting in Sherry oak casks before it's bottled. The vibrant herbals notes characteristic of Aquavit blend well with the sweet Sherried…  More info

Løitens Aquavit Three Star
$29.86
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Svöl Danish-Style Aquavit

70cl, 40%
Svöl

A Danish-style aquavit from Svöl, made over in Brooklyn! Danish aquavits are typically the most caraway-forward style of aquavit, hence why this bottling marries caraway from Finland with other…  More info

Svöl Danish-Style Aquavit
$47.28

Copenhagen Distillery Organic Dill Anise Aquavit

50cl, 41%
Copenhagen Distillery

From Denmark's Copenhagen Distillery comes this awesome Aquavit! In addition to the traditional use of dill seeds, this expression includes green anise and lemon peel, giving it a crisp, citrus lift…  More info

Copenhagen Distillery Organic Dill Anise Aquavit
$39.34

Bivrost Aquavit

50cl, 40%
Bivrost

This Aquavit hails from Bivrost, and is distilled in Arctic Norway at the foot of the Lyngen Alps! It's distilled from potatoes and flavoured with caraway, orange, star anise, coriander and fennel,…  More info

Bivrost Aquavit
$29.58

Long Table Långbord Akvavit

70cl, 42%
Long Table

A premium, handcrafted and small-batch akvavit, Långbord (Swedish for long table) was created by the husband and wife team at Long Table. It was copper pot distilled using a traditional Scandinavian…  More info

Long Table Långbord Akvavit
$35.49

Blinking Owl Aquavit

75cl, 42.5%
Blinking Owl

Over in California, Blinking Owl was inspired by the aquavits of Scandinavia but wanted to put its own West Coast twist on the spirit. A base spirit of wheat and malted barley has been macerated with…  More info

Blinking Owl Aquavit
$37.53

Psychopomp Aqvavit

70cl, 38%
Psychopomp

The Psychopomp Microdistillery in Bristol is clearly having a blast making all manner of tipples, including gin, absinthe and bottled cocktails - and it has now set it sites on a style of spirit…  More info

Psychopomp Aqvavit
$37.53

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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