Akvavit (sometimes spelled Aquavit) is a Scandinavian spirit, which has been around for hundreds of years. Unlike a lot of Scotland, Orkney belonged to Scandinavia for a very long time - about the same amount of time us Orcadians have been Scottish for now. So unlike a lot of Scottish Islands, our dialect came from Norse. Many people spoke Norse until the 1800's here, and a lot of words we still use came from Norse. Much of our history, traditions and folklore including the stories of selkies which are on our bottles came from our connections to Scandinavia. You can really see why local Orcadians making the first Scottish Akvavit on the Orkney Islands makes perfect sense!
We have taken our experience making multi award-winning gins to create something completely unique. Orkney Akvavit is distlled one more time - eight times. We distill it with botanicals such as caraway, citrus, and hand picked rosehips. Orkney Akvavit has a very unique refreshing taste, with bright caraway notes, citrus and warm star anise.
Historically Akvavit was enjoyed alone either cold or at room temperature. Some sources argue that it is also the perfect accompaniment with a nice beer in one hand, and the Akvavit in the other. We love serving it like that too, but our favourite has to be with a lovely Indian tonic. We love Franklin and Sons Rosemary and Black Olive, or plain Indian tonic. For those of you who need that fiery fierce kick, try with ginger ale, it's incredibly versatile, and not one you'll forget.