Dear Curious Readers,
We are going to explore a new category of spirits in the coming months, the spirits based on herbs, roots, spices... And we start with aquavit!
Like Hygge, Aquavit is a Scandinavian thing but slightly easier to pronounce and obviously a liquid delicacy. The base of Aquavit is a neutral spirit with caraway and/or dill as the main flavour along with other spices and herbs such as cumin, coriander, fennel or star anise. The way it is the dominant flavour of the juniper berries that define gin, aquavit is defined by caraway. Akvavit usually has a yellowish hue.
Read the whole 101 on Aquavit here.
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Non alcoholic spirits
Juniper based spirits (Gin, Genever, Juniper berries)
Sugarcane based spirits (Rum, Rhum Agricole, Cachaca, Arrack batavia, ..)
Agave based spirits (Tequila, Mezcal, Raicilla, Bacanora, Sotol, Pulque)
Fruit based spirits (Eaux de Vies, Fruit brandies, Calvados, Applejack)
Anything based spirits (Vodka)
Grain based spirits
Baijiu, soju, shoshu, korn
Grape or pomace based spirits (Cognac, Armagnac, Pisco, Grappa, Marc, Fine)
Herbs and spices based spirits
(anis-based, raki, ouzo, pastis, liqueur, creme de liqueurs, vermouth)