Brennivin Aquavit 1L
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.
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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.
- Curiada recommends adding aquavit to rye for an excellent, inventive take on that classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned.
- Try a Brennivin Aquavit Negroni Cocktail
1L & 80 Proof
Main Ingredient: Caraway Seeds
Country of Origin: Iceland
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- JenniferVerified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 starsLove!
Fell in love with this in Iceland! Love the buzz, you can drink a lot and not get hungover which is even better :)
- Jacob T.Verified BuyerI recommend this productAge Range 35 - 44I'm More Into: SippingMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Gin, WhiskeyI Bought This For MyselfRated 5 out of 5 starsA 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
- BrandonVerified BuyerI recommend this productRated 5 out of 5 starsExceptional 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 BuyerAge Range 55 - 64I'm More Into: SippingMy Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Whiskey, GinI Bought This For MyselfRated 3 out of 5 starsNot 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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