ORGANIC, WILD-CRAFTED, AND HAND-PREPARED
The spirit of Norden Aquavit is brought to life by the thoughtfully selected botanicals distilled into each bottle. Their characteristics are critical to our recipe and must blend together effortlessly in the final product. Whether foraged locally, procured directly from farmers, or sourced from the best purveyors around the world we take great care with every ingredient to assure consistency in every batch.
OUR APPROACH MAY BE DIFFERENT, BUT THE OUTCOME IS TIMELESS.
NO EXTRACTS. NO SUGAR. NO SECRETS.
10 thoughtfully selected botanicals are brought together through an honest approach to craftsmanship seldom seen in the modern era.
We use whole botanicals ONLY. No extracts. No artificial flavorings. No sugar. No secret additives or ingredients – Ever. Once checked, weighed, and carefully prepared by hand, we steep our botanicals overnight in a blend of pristinely filtered water and pure neutral spirits, distilled from (naturally gluten free) 100% Organic Mid-West grown corn.
During a slow and exacting distillation, utilizing a custom copper pot-still, we precisely extract only the best elements of each ingredient. This method differs from most traditional Aquavit producers who typically mix concentrated individual distillates or extracts into a base spirit and sometimes add sugar or glycerin to round-the-edges or and hide impurities.
Known as “one-shot distillation” our technique requires loads of attention to detail and reliance on split second decisions to capture all vital flavors and aromas while discarding any undesirable compounds. In this artful approach, every cut is made by the distiller, never a computer program, in order to achieve the perfect balance of natural sweetness, bright top notes, herbal subtleties, and earthy undertones. It takes years of training the palate and honing the senses to develop the necessary skills.
Because most of the original water is lost during distillation, we slowly add it back in order to reach the desired bottling strength. Following an integral period of rest that lasts several weeks, our Aquavit is now softer, smoother, and the essences of each botanical more intertwined, than that of any blend or flavored neutral spirit.
WE CAN THINK OF NO BETTER METHOD TO CRAFT OUR AQUAVIT AND EACH STEP PROVES AN ENDURING EXAMPLE OF OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE CAN I BUY A BOTTLE?
If you don’t see us on the shelf, just ask!
We currently have traditional (3 tier) distribution in MICHIGAN, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, OHIO, COLORADO, FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN, and WASHINGTON with more on the way.
For those outside our traditional distribution reach, your best option is to visit our preferred online retailer, Mash & Grape . (*Please keep in mind the ability to ship and receive alcohol varies state-to-state. We recommend contacting the Mash & Grape to assure availability.)
DO YOU SHIP?
The short answer is no.
By law the only shipping we do is to our distribution partners. All online purchases are offered through third party retailers.
WHERE IS YOUR DISTILLERY? CAN I VISIT?
We’re very fortunate to distill our award-winning spirits in our home state of Michigan. While the NORDEN AQUAVIT brand is independently owned and produced by Norden Spirits, LLC, we currently share a production facility and aren’t set up to welcome visitors regularly. For individuals or groups interested in organizing a private tour, please email email@example.com to learn more about scheduling a visit.
DO YOU MAKE OTHER SPIRITS?
Because Norden Aquavit is a brand, not a distillery, we only make Aquavit. We are always experimenting and occasionally release seasonal and limited expressions. Please follow our social media channels (links at bottom of page) for the most up-to-date info.
If you have any other questions, comments, want to track down a bottle, or just need help figuring out a good cocktail recipe, drop us a line anytime.
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