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

Absolut Elyx
95 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar, cut grass, and dried orange with a supple, prickly, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, long finish with elements of olives and powdered sugar finish. A finely textured, luxurious vodka for superb martinis and more.
95 points $34.99
Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka
93 points
$30
Clear color. Confected aromas of iced tea, spumoni, and ruby red grapefruit with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a peppery, medium-length white pepper and buttered corn bread finish. 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.
Spirit of HVEN Organic Gin
92 points
$42
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cardamom, cola, turmeric, black pepper, spearmint, and hints of juniper jelly with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish. A warmly spicy Gin that will shine with other rich ingredients; try in a Negroni.
Purity Spritz - Mediterranean Citrus Flavored Vodka
91 points
$27
Light coral color. Citrusy aromas of ruby red grapefruit zest and hints of ginger with a round, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length grapefruit gummies and fruit juice finish. A rock solid aperitif-like Vodka with big fruit flavor and kisses of sweetness.
Purity Signature 34 Edition Organic Vodka
90 points
$27
Clear color. Aromas of sweet porridge, peaches in cream, and almond praline with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length candied lime and white peppercorns finish. A grain-forward, character-rich Vodka that offers the Vodka enthusiast and cocktail creative something fresh, fun and distinctive.
Ravo Vodka
90 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of slate, corn flakes, candy corn, and minerals with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, relaxed finish. A clean, proudly neutral vodka that’s super smooth; pair with citrus juices.
90 points $22.99 Best Buy
Spirit of HVEN Tychos Star Swedish Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$130
Bright gold color. Elegant aromas of ripe apricot, alfalfa on rye, creme fraiche, roasted grain, nougat with dried fruits, buckwheat honey, wintergreen, and milk chocolate coated dried currants with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long violet, smoked almonds, and saltine cracker finish. A delicious whiskey with engaging flavor twists and turns and a delicate kiss of smoky char.
Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Sweet aromas of guava confection and pineapples and kiwis in syrup with a satiny, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length coconut candies, bubblegum, lime zest, and soursop syrup finish. A very sweet, tropical fruit cocktail of a vodka for mixing fun.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Absolut Grapefruit Vodka
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fruity, funky aromas of pink grapefruit, yuzu, durian, and parmesan rind with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, brisk lemon zest, grapefruit Italian ice, and breadstick finish. A very mixable vodka with pure citrus flavors.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Svedka Cucumber Lime Vodka
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Fresh aromas and flavors of cucumber syrup, agave nectar, and lime cordial with a round, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, stimulating, relaxed finish with impressions of sweet pear candy, zucchini bread, and coconut cream finish. A clean and tasty cucumber vodka for refreshing cocktails and flavorful rocks pours.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy