About Swedish Spirits

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

Spirit of HVEN Organic Gin
96 points
$20
Best Buy
A fascinating and floral Gin that will add a very welcome savory and perfumed note to any cocktail.
96 points $20 Best Buy
Spirit of HVEN Stella Nova Barrel Aged Gin
95 points
$30
A stunning Gin with outstanding aromatics like baking spices on the nose and palate with delicate juniper and botanicals lingering on the finish.
Purity Craft Nordic Old Tom Gin
94 points
$29
Sweet and honeyed malt nicely balanced with rich herbs and spices; a classic Old Tom Gin that is a stellar representation of the category.
Absolut Original Vodka
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Exceedingly light and clean, this Vodka holds the alcohol very well and leaves just a delicate impression of toasted grain on the finish.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Absolut Citron Vodka
94 points
$19
Best Buy
A delicate and neutral Vodka with little to no alcohol intrusion allowing the various shades of citrus to shine; a benchmark for the style.
94 points $19 Best Buy
Purity Craft Nordic Dry Gin
93 points
$29
Nuanced and rich, if a Gin could brood this one would; it will make an excellent Martini.
Spirit of HVEN MerCurious Corn Whisky
93 points
$40
A lovely Whisky with good depth and complexity of flavors; simple enough to drink, yet complex enough to pore over.
Spirit of HVEN Hvenus Rye Whisky
93 points
$40
Rich, spicy, and warming; this Whisky will cut through a winter chill.
Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka
93 points
$30
A sweet nose and peppery palate make this a solid option for fruity cocktails. Try this silky-smooth stunner in Cosmos, Vespers, Martinis and beyond.
Purity Craft Navy Strength Gin
91 points
$34
Citrus dominant with green herbs and savory, sweet South East Asian flavors that make you crave Tiki drinks or an herbal Martini application before a Thai dinner.