Friday, March 7, 2014

Linie Aquavit - aged at sea in oloroso casks

A very special Aquavit from Norway

Linie Aquavit...$27.99 / 750ml
Matured at Sea
This is a very special Aquavit distilled from Potatoes.   Linie is the Norwegian word for "line" and it refers to the line known as the equator.    Linie is aged in Oloroso sherry casks and placed on the deck of a ship and for a journey on the sea crossing the equator down to Australia and then again back to Normay.  The journey takes it across the equator twice, it goes through big temperature changes, absorbs the salty air, and swirls around in the barrel (the back of the label shows the specifics of its voyage).  After the voyage, it is then aged for another 12-14 months before being blended.    

  • From maturing in oak casks previously used to age sherry, Linie Aquavit acquires a hint of sherry flavor.
  • Linie’s casks cross the equator twice on ocean ships over a four-month voyage under conditions that create the smoothest aquavit.
  • Made from potato spirit, with notes of caraway, aniseed, sherry and vanilla, which create a rich, herbal flavor.
Over 200 years ago, Catharina Lysholm brought her aquavit to ports in the East Indies, selling all but five casks. On her return to Norway, she found that her remaining, well-travelled aquavit tasted significantly better.   Though commercial sailing ships have long since vanished, Linie Aquavit still crosses the equator twice on a four-month sea voyage spanning 35 countries. The temperature and humidity of the crossings give Linie its smoothness.  To this day, every bottle of Linie Aquavit carries details of its four-month sea voyage in casks formerly used for aging sherry. On the back label you will find the date of departure, the date it returned after crossing the equator twice, and the name of the ship. You can check on each bottle’s voyage at Aquavit is quite versatile: perfect as an aperitif before the meal, as a digestif following the meal, or as a base for countless, creatively delicious cocktails.


  • 1.50 oz Linie Aquavit
  • .75 oz Lime syrup
  • Cranberry juice
  • Build all ingredients in a tall drink glass filled with ice. Fill up with cranberry juice.

  • 1.50 oz Linie Aquavit
  • .50 oz Grand Marnier®
  • Orange juice
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Build all ingredients in a tall drink glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  • 1.5 oz Linie Aquavit
  • Tomato juice
  • .50 oz Lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Tabasco®
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Build all ingredientsi nto a tall drink glass with ice. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and basil.

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