With Caraway leading the charge, there’s no mistaking the inherently savory nature of a traditional sipping aquavit. However, the bright citrus and light floral elements also evoke a modern gin-like quality that present more balance, complexity, and tremendous cocktail mixing flexibility.
Despite following EU Commission guidelines for what defines the category, Norden Aquavit challenges convention with its flavor profile, location of production, and methods of extraction and distillation. Rather than blending flavor compounds and concentrated distillates into a base spirit, whole botanicals are combined in a copper-pot during a single slow and exacting “one-shot” distillation. Following a period of rest that lasts several weeks, nothing but de-mineralized water is added to bring the finished spirit to bottling strength. The entire process, akin to distilled Gin, is carefully monitored by the senses of our distiller alone –never a computer program. The end-result is a softer, more intertwined depth of character and unique versatility.