About Gin and Genever from Sweden

About Gin  and  Genever from Sweden
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

Gin and Genever

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.
Spirit of HVEN Navy Strength Gin
86 points
$62
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, lychee and dried fruits, and latex and lilies with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, captivating, medium-long finish that presents notes of pine sap, herbal honeycomb on celery, and spice cake. A bold and bouncy Gin for cocktails.