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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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