RESPONSIBLY GROWN, WILD-CRAFTED, AND HAND-PREPARED
The spirit of Norden Aquavit is brought to life by the thoughtfully selected botanicals distilled into each bottle . The characteristics of each are critical to our recipe and must blend together effortlessly in the final product. Whether foraged from the vast stretches of Michigan wilderness, grown by local organic farmers, or sourced from ecologically-minded purveyors, we take great care to assure consistent quality of the botanicals 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 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 often 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, MAINE, VERMONT, and WASHINGTON STATE with more on the way.
For those outside our traditional distribution reach, you can now shop on our website HERE. (*Please keep in mind the ability to ship and receive alcohol varies state-to-state. Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot ship to Alabama, Idaho, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, Hawaii and Alaska.)
DO YOU SHIP?
We don’t, but Big Thirst (our online retailer) does!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems with your order.
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, recipes, trademarks, and intellectual property are independently owned by Norden Spirits, LLC, production takes place at a shared facility through a partnership under the the NORDEN SPIRITS DISTILLING COMPANY name. We are only set up to offer individuals or groups private tours BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 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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