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 Tasting Notes:

  • Aquavit – Private Reserve is spicy, savory and complex, with rich caraway, cumin and coriander notes.
  • As a result of the aging process, it also has hints of caramel and a rounded, rich finish.
  • This spirit has received many great reviews and writeups in the press – some of our favorite quotes and tasting notes are:
    • “Yellow straw color with a chartreuse cast. vibrant and stimulating aromas of pink peppercorns, cardamom, lemongrass, medicinal roots and herbs, and sandalwood follow through on a silky entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with a touch of tilled earth and a long, spicy fade. Excellent flavor, purity and depth.” – Beverage Testing Institute, awarding 95 points/Exceptional¬†Rating
    • “Incredibly smooth and seductively aromatic – especially for an aquavit.” – SpiritsReview.com
    • “Rich, full-bodied and complex, with flavors of caraway, cumin, pepper, sweet clove, anise, cardamom and oak.” ¬†– Imbibe Magazine

Production Notes:

  • Aquavit is most common in Scandinavia, with hundreds of versions produced in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. ¬†To be called Aquavit, the U.S. requires that the dominant flavor of the spirit is caraway seed. ¬†We use a range of other herbs and spices to accent the spirit’s flavor, such as cumin, coriander, and cinnamon.
  • We age this spirit in new American oak as well, which melds and softens the rich spicy flavors. ¬†Unlike¬†other aquavits, we do not add caramel coloring. All of the flavor and color is natural, and are the direct result of our process.

Drink Ideas:

  • Aquavit is traditionally enjoyed straight ¬†– some will chill the bottle in the freezer first, while others will drink it at room temperature. ¬†We designed our Aquavit – Private Reserve to be delicious either way.
  • While it is less traditional to mix it, we also enjoy ours in a Bloody Mary (nice and spicy!), a Moscow Mule with ginger beer, or with fresh citrus or stone fruits. ¬†We have some great recipe ideas for it in our cocktail database.
Aquavit – Private Reserve is 45% alcohol by volume (90 proof)