About Danish Spirits

Vodka and whiskey are the leading spirits in Denmark. Vodka is generally made from wheat and is colorless; however, as with many other nations, flavored vodkas, such as currant and citrus are now produced.

There are various styles of whiskey, including rye and a limited production of single malts; given the small amounts made, prices are not inexpensive, but quality is extremely high; these whiskeys have distinct spice and fruitiness in an elegant package.

Akavit, also called snaps in Denmark, is made from caraway and is generally colorless. As with other Scandinavian countries, akvavit in Denmark has a long tradition among the masses.
Top Picks for Denmark
202518
Stauning
Young Rye Whisky
Bright amber color. Rich aromas of grainy toasted raisin bran, nougat, pencil shavings, spice, apricot, and clay with a rich, supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, honeyed grain and nut and mossy earth driven finish. Fantastically delicious and rich. A paradigm of young rye whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211153
Effen
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas of grainy toast and geranium with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and an engaging, breezy citrus and nut oils, dried fruit, minerals, and pepper finish. A very smooth and elegant vodka for martinis.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202519
Stauning
Single Malt Whisky Peated 2nd Edition
Brilliant golden yellow color. Grain forward aromas with layers of honeyed grilled fruits, raisin bread, and smoked nuts. Silky and fruity with a medium-to-full body and a clay, honeyed dried fruits, husk, candied menthol, straw and gravel on the finish. Interesting and effortlessly drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209741
Den Klodsede Bjørn
Den Rene Bjørn// The Pure Bear Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, toasty aromas of cream of wheat, fruity nutty granola, and custard with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length raisin bran, coconut water, pepper, and rye cracker finish. A nice grainy vodka with lively artisanal potstill, white whisky-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208030
Den Klodsede Bjørn
Vodka
Clear color. Faint aromas of toasted soda bread, honey butter, and marmalade with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length creme brulee, fig bread, peppercorns, and minerals finish. A lively and appealing vodka that will be quite versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204327
Frïs
Whipped Freeze Vodka
Clear. Aromas of warm meringue and white toffee with mildly sweet light-to-medium body and whipped cream, pound cake, and mineral accented finish. Solid whipped cream flavor without the cloying sweetness, nice.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204330
Frïs
Vodka
Clear. Aromas of buttercream, kettle corn, dried citrus, and clay with a satiny, dryish medium body and a creamy tapioca, grainy pasty, chalk, peppery spice, and straw accented finish. A nice gutsy vodka that will do well in cocktails.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204328
Frïs
Citrus Freeze Vodka
Clear. Bright aromas of fresh lemon meringue pie with a satiny dryish light-to-medium body with a drying orange and lemon oil, flour, and mineral accented finish. Very clean and understated citrus flavor for refined cocktails.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204329
Frïs
Orange Freeze Vodka
Clear. Aromas of orange sherbet and Tang with a glycerous dryish light-to-medium body and a rather dry dried orange and powdered milk accented finish.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab