About Swedish Spirits

Vodka and aquavit are the two most important spirits in Sweden. Vodka has been a great success, thanks to the ultra clean style of these spirits and today, a great deal of Swedish vodka is exported; it is a best -seller in America. Given the demand in many countries for something new, there are now many flavored Swedish vodkas (cherry, vanilla, raspberry, etc.) that are also quite successful.

Aquavit - "water of life" - in Sweden is distilled from spices and herbs, usually caraway, although dill and anise are also added in some examples. While some are bottled a short time after distillation, others are barrel matured, giving them am amber of light golden color. Aquavit have at least a 37.5% alcohol level by EU law and some go as high as 45%. The clear versions are generally served ice cold in a small shot glass, while the barrel matured versions are often served at room temperature or warm in a snifter. Dryness levels - some are mildly sweet- depends on the manufacturer.
Top Picks for Sweden
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Purity
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of salted cucumber, toasty wheat cracker, and sourdough with a supple, bright, bone-dry light body and a dolma and powdered milk finish. A precisely made and martini-worthy vodka.
93 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204972
Svedka
Cherry Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry and almond paste with a silky slick, off-dry medium body and a long, tingling white pepper, nougat, cherry cookie and sorbet accented finish. Nice pure and balanced maraschino cherry and vodka flavors that will mix very well.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204974
Svedka
Citron Vodka
Clear. Aromas of lemon zest, honey, and white pepper with a satiny, mildly sweet medium body and a creamy lemon custard, Lemonhead candy, straw, and wet stone accented finish. A rock solid lemon vodka for sipping or mixing; try in a hot toddy.
89 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204973
Svedka
Clementine Vodka
Clear. Aromas of clementine sorbet with a whiff of white pepper like vapor. Silky and off-dry with a medium body and a tangy orange rice candy, sugar cane syrup, and tingling pepper finish. Solid flavor for mixing.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204910
Svedka
Orange Cream Pop Vodka
Clear. Aromas of orange sorbet and whipped cream with a glycerous moderately sweet medium body and a pleasant dreamsicle, cane syrup, and tingling pepper finish. A solid candied vodka for mixing.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204977
Svedka
Colada Vodka
Clear. Aromas of piña colada yogurt and pineapple lifesaver candy with a slick, off-dry light-to-medium body and a straw, white pepper, and chalk finish.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204978
Svedka
Strawberry Colada Vodka
Clear. Aromas of strawberry parfait, pound cake and honeydew melon candy. Slick and moderately sweet with a tangy, strawberry bubblegum and sorbet, whipped cream, and mineral finish.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204976
Svedka
Vanilla Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and buttery caramel corn with a glycerous light-to-medium body and a buoyant vanilla fudge, nougat, and wet stone accented finish. Complex candied vanilla flavor for mixing.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204975
Svedka
Raspberry Vodka
Clear. Aromas of raspberry yogurt and diet berry dreamsicle with a soft, mildly sweet generic berry, melted candle and tingling pepper finish. A bit uneven and artificial.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab