AALBORG AKVAVIT ($21)
The Danes love their aquavit (or akvavit, as they spell it). In
1800, there were more than 2,500 independent distilleries in
Denmark, 273 of them in Copenhagen alone. By 1923, the large DDSF
conglomerate had gobbled up all of them and held a state monopoly
on the production of aquavit in Denmark. The company, now known as
Danisco, still produces a good percentage of the world's aquavit.
It makes about a dozen versions with various flavor profiles, but
only two are currently imported to the States: the dill-flavored
Jubilaeums and this caraway-flavored version, Aalborg Akvavit.
In Denmark, aquavit is also known as snaps (schnapps), but don't confuse it with the syrupy, sweetened schnapps that's served in U.S. bars. This Danish version has a sweet nose, but is squeaky dry on the palate. Aalborg has a clean herbal flavor profile spearheaded by caraway. It makes a perfect Scandinavian-accented Bloody Mary. It's also fabulous with smoked salmon.
Complex and Toasty
Serve on the rocks with a twist.
Spicy and Rich
Great with gravlax
Herbal and Clean
Try it in a Bloody Mary