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Brennivin Aquavit 1L

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
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About Brennivin Aquavit

Iceland. It's a funny place. It never figured prominently in our history books or on the news or plastered across the cover of our travel magazines. But, its wild, rocky, naturally beautiful, volcanic island isolated in the north Atlantic has captured American attention, especially recently. And Iceland's under-the-radar persona seems to be fading as American travelers and media discover an island rich in history and tradition.

Brennivin is but one small piece of that rich story. Through the late middle ages, Iceland was ruled by the Danes. In 1602, the Danish Crown put a new embargo on Icelandic trade in place, forcing Icelanders to trade solely with a few Danes friendly with the crown. Packed ships sailed for Iceland with the provisions needed to sustain its burgeoning population.

One of those provisions was alcohol! But, mead and beer took up too much space. So, enterprising traders created "brann-vin" or burnt wine. This rudimentary distilling technique created spirit that was *ahem* challenging.

But, all was not lost, the Icelanders infused the spirit with local herbs. What crops can survive the harsh Icelandic winter? Caraway! And so, aquavit, or rye bread in a bottle as I like to call it, was born.

Today, nothing is more emblematic of Iceland than caraway-flavored Brennivin Aquavit. It remains a favorite of travelers to Iceland who often bring the ubiquitous bottle back as a keepsake. And, lucky for us adventurous Americans, since 2014 this unique bottle has been professionally (i.e., not in your checked luggage!) imported into the US.

And today, there is almost nothing else like Brennivin Aquavit on the American market. It's caraway flavor is unique, and it can unlock unique cocktails where that flavor can shine. Don't be afraid to try adding this to your favorite whiskey, especially rye cocktails to create one-of-a-kind riffs and twists.

Recommended By Max Miller

This spirit packs a punch that is only softened by the mild caraway flavor. Drink it ice cold and neat, or use it as you would gin to change up your favorite cocktail. 

Suggested Serve

1L & 80 Proof

Product Details

Size: 1L

Proof: 80

Main Ingredient: Caraway Seeds

Country of Origin: Iceland

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
Based on 3 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 2 Total 4 star reviews: 0 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
Best ForRated -1.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
67%would recommend this product
3 reviews
  • Jacob T.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 35 - 44
    I'm More Into: Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Gin, Whiskey
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A Taste of Iceland

    Flying into Keflavik my friend and I found ourselves weary from Jet Lag and many hours of travel. As we sat at the hotel bar waiting for our rooms to be ready we asked for a local drink and were served Brennevin ice cold and neat. We were immediately brought back to life with the cool, crisp, and flavourful mouthful of boozy wonderful.

    I've been looking for Brenevin ever since and this is the first time in 5 years I've found it for sale. I couldn't be happier.

    Best ForRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • Brandon
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Exceptional sipping

    After a trip to Iceland, we decided to make some Icelandic inspired meals for the family. To kick it off, we served cold Brennivin with tubed meats and cheeses. Everyone had an opinion and the bottle was gone by the end. Loved it.

  • Dean P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 55 - 64
    I'm More Into: Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Whiskey, Gin
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    Not my jam

    It made a good mix with the Allspice liquor, but anything would. It was smooth and clean but just didn't tickle me. Your mileage may vary.

    Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
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