Release Date: 1/12/2017
A long standing Scandinavian tradition turned into an American art-form. Starting with a blend of 10 unique botanicals, we marry them together in our copper pot still to bring the crispness of a fine gin with the savory flavor of a world class Aperitif. Distilled with confidence and crafted by tradition, enjoy this Caraway and Coriander flavored beauty as a shot, in a chilled glass or in the finest blended cocktail. She can stand up to anything you throw at her!
Caraway, Coriander, Juniper and Dill are our primary flavor contributors for the gorgeous clear spirit. Our other botanicals are trade secrets as this is an original recipe designed by our distiller Alan Bishop. We grist and macerate our botanicals in 70 proof neutral alcohol inside of our copper pot still Sophia for 18-24 hours prior to distillation.
Appearance: Crystal clear, sparkling with light, luminescent. Heavy legs on glass.
Aroma: Bright, crisp citrus character bouquet with savory spices of Caraway and Coriander rounding out an almost earthy undertone.
Front: Nice strong sweet orange and caraway flavor
Mid: Sweet, very heavy bodied, spicy to the sides, light black pepper, dill comes through light and elegant and well balanced with other savory herbs and botanicals. Almost a slight apple note. Hints of pine and juniper balance with an earthy and slightly pastoral sweetness that carries to the finish
Back: Sweet note down the middle, spice lingers at the sides of the tongue, resolves to coriander
Finish: Long and lingering, lots of culinary notes. Almost a desert wine finish with a bit of fresh citrus lingering for a long while. Great Aperitif.
Can be served chilled as a shot or used anywhere you wo
uld otherwise use Gin. Think Bloody Marys with bourbon-glazed bacon!
Signature Drink: A Death in West Baden
Earnest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail was a Death in the afternoon (two to three parts Champagne, one part Absinthe) which we took inspiration from in this cocktail:
In an 8-ounce glass:
Fill with crushed ice
4 ounces French Lick Sparkling Moscato wine
2 ounces Spirits of French Lick Aquavit
Top with Lemon-Lime Cola (or for some spice, Ginger Beer)
Garnish with Orange or Grapefruit peel and express zest around the rim of the glass.
History in a glass:
The Norse toast “Skol” has long been associated with Aquavit and is usually given as a loud shout or cheer prior to imbibing a chilled shot of the drink. The traditional drinking culture associated with this toast sees a group gather holding their small shot glasses at their chest with their right hand while they rest their left hand behind their back. Eye contact is made between everyone in the group as a sign of good faith. The shot is taken without lifting ones’ head to expose the throat as it would expose a vulnerable spot to a potential rival!
Each of our distillates has a story, a color, and a tone. As such we have created a Spotify playlist for each project. The songs themselves may have little to nothing to do with the history of the drink or might not reference the drink at all but played a huge part in the creation of each spirit.
Playlist: This is a running list of the songs that inspired the creation of our Aquavit.
Jerry Cantrell – My Song
The Cure – From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart
ASHES dIVIDE – The Stone
Deftones – Change
Led Zepplin – Immigrants Song