About Danish Spirits

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

Ish Spirits Gin-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
96 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, black pepper, fresh parsley, fresh coriander seed, and lemon zest with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish. This spirit alternative offers the classic London Dry botanical profile and satisfying perceived heat; a raging success for the category, enjoy as liberally as your heart desires.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Ish Spirits Rum-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of hints of copper pot still, dry spice blend, and roasted mango with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long hints of espresso bean, leather, spicy ginger, and black pepper finish. An impressive impression of pot still rum; a delight in cocktails for those choosing to abstain.
94 points $25 Best Buy
Stauning Floor Malted Rye Whisky
93 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake with nuts, raisin bran, grass sod and hay stack, and leather bound books with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, long finish with notes of frosted shredded wheat and rye cereal with chestnut honey, vanilla spice peach cake, and pink pepper. A deftly crafted Malted Rye that has lots of flavor and range to offer.
Stauning Smoke Single Malt Whisky
92 points
Gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of whole grain bread dough, roasted sesame, cedar, arugula, incense, and wet barrel with a round, crisp, medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying accents of green peppercorns. A young, zesty Whisky with a flashy, oaky style.
Nykur Organic Vodka
89 points
Clear color. Aromas of orange sherbet, melons, and green apple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, fast hints of pineapple candies, whipped cream, and sweet hazelnut finish. A delicately fruity vodka for all manner of mixed drinks.
A.H. Riise Royal Danish Navy Strength Rum
89 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of gingerbread, cola nut, molasses, citrus peels, spiced bananas, white chocolate, and lime leaf with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long mango, orange jellies, papaya custard, tropical fruit smoothie, and toasted pound cake finish. An engaging rum with just the right amount of funk; this offers endless cocktail possibilities and will be a great standby overproof rum.
A.H. Riise Caramel Cream Liqueur
87 points
Opaque brown color. Aromas and flavors of condensed milk, coffee creamer, hints of cocoa powder, and egg custard tart with a creamy, bright, sweet fat body and a seamless, interesting, breezy finish displaying nuances of chocolate-walnut brownies, whipped cream, and Boston cream doughnut. A creamy Liqueur with hints of chocolate brownie swimming in sweet whipped cream; chill and enjoy!
Stauning Kaos Triple Malt Whisky
85 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty crepes, sourdough, custard tart, nori, and raisins with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy finish that exhibits elements of freshly sawn wood and incense. A smoky Blended Malt with a chewy personality.
A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Very Rare Rum
85 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of cherry glaze, beeswax, pistachio gelato, Dr. Pepper, and cedar candle with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length peach liqueur, pecan pie, and candied cherries finish. A sweet, fruity rum for tropical drinks.
A.H. Riise Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum
84 points
Dark amber color. Aromas of ripe mango, sweet banana, coconut liqueur, and green apple with a round, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long gingerbread, peach liqueur, fruit cake, circus peanuts, and spumoni finish. A confected rum with big fruity flavors; try in dessert cocktails.