ORGANIC, WILD-CRAFTED, AND HAND-PREPARED
The spirit of Norden Aquavit is brought to life by the 10 thoughtfully selected botanicals found in each bottle. The characteristics of each are critical to our recipe and must blend together effortlessly in the final product. Not all botanicals are created equal and our reputation for quality demands we never deviate from the standards we set from day one. Whether foraged locally or sourced from the best purveyors around the world we take great care to be mindful of where they’re from, how they’re grown, and who grows them.
OUR APPROACH MAY BE DIFFERENT, BUT THE OUTCOME IS TIMELESS.
Nothing Artificial. No extracts. No sugar added.
10 thoughtfully selected botanicals are brought together through an approach to craftsmanship seldom seen in the modern era.
We begin with ONLY whole botanicals, never any extracts or flavorings. Each is checked, weighed, and carefully prepared by hand before steeping in a blend of pristinely filtered water and exceptionally pure neutral spirits distilled from (naturally gluten free) 100% Organic Mid-West grown corn.
Everything remains together inside an alembic copper-pot still during a slow and exacting distillation technique that precisely extracts the right elements of each. This differs from most traditional Aquavit producers who typically mix concentrated individual distillates or extracts into a base spirit and sometimes “back-sweeten” to round-the-edges of the final product and hide impurities.
Known as “one-shot distillation” our method requires loads of attention to detail and reliance on split second decisions to capture only the most desired flavors and aromas. 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.
Most of the original water is lost once distillation is complete, so we slowly add some back to the spirit to reach the desired final strength. Following an integral period of rest that lasts several weeks, the spirit softens and the essences of each botanical become more intertwined.
WE BELIEVE NO BETTER EFFORT CAN BE USED TO CRAFT OUR SPIRIT AND THESE METHODS REMAIN STEADFAST EXAMPLES 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 Distribution in MI, CA, NY, IL, NJ, CT, and PA with more on the way.
DO YOU SHIP?
The short answer is no.
By law the only shipping we do is to our distribution partners. Online purchases are offered through a third party retailer.
WHERE IS YOUR DISTILLERY? CAN I VISIT?
We’re very fortunate to make use of Detroit City Distillery’s amazing facility in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market neighborhood to produce our award-winning spirits. We’ve got a great working relationship, and without them wouldn’t exist in our current form. We encourage you to visit if you’re ever in the neighborhood, but please note, the NORDEN AQUAVIT brand is independently owned by Norden Spirits, LLC and not part of Detroit City Distillery’s product lines, tasting room, or tours.
DO YOU MAKE OTHER SPIRITS?
Because Norden Aquavit is a brand, not a distillery, we only make Aquavit. We are always experimenting with different expressions and will only release what we love when its ready. Stay tuned…
WHY DOESN’T YOUR LABEL SAY ANYTHING ABOUT BEING ORGANIC?
Unfortunately we are not yet certified and will need to have our own facility in order to begin the process. Until that day comes we remain committed to supporting sustainable farming practices and reducing our negative impact on the environment whenever possible.
Not only our raw materials, but the bottles, labels and caps we use were chosen to be as natural as possible. The one exception is the small disc inside our cap which is made of EPE plastic. Please bear this in mind and try to recycle and re-use first before you properly dispose of any waste.
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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