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
Clear color. Aromas of cardamom, cola, turmeric, black pepper, spearmint, and hints of juniper jelly with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, 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
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.