Svöl Swedish Aquavit is a Swedish-style aquavit distilled in New York City, with botanicals sourced by some of the world’s foremost experts in Scandinavian cuisine.
The term “Swedish style aquavit” is a bit of an informal designation (in contrast with Norwegian aquavit which is a protected designation). Swedish aquavits tend to be grain-based and unaged. However, the major distinctive characteristic is the prominent use of fennel. These kind of aquavits tend to be a bit fruitier, rounder, and have anise-like facets.
The caraway in Svöl Swedish aquavit is sourced from Finland, the world’s largest producer. The other botanicals have more of a global feel with fennel from India, lemon verbena from Egypt and lovage from Poland.
Nose: Rich and dill-forward, with green, fresh dill frond notes as well.
Flavor: Light herbal citrus notes early. The mid-palate of Svöl Swedish Aquavit is a balanced melange of both caraway and dill. Late, dill seed and dill frond merge with a mild fennel note.
Fennel is present, but milder and less prominent than in other Swedish style aquavits, like O.P. Anderson and Stockholm Syndrome.
Finish: Herbal with hints of dill, cooked celery, and fennel stalk.
Sipped neat at room temperature, Svöl Swedish-style Aquavit delivers a greener, more herbal experience than most aquavits.
If you’re looking for a longer drinker, it pairs nicely with soda and a squeeze of fresh citrus. The strong herbal notes don’t work as well in warm aquavit cocktails and I would steer clear of anything like a hot toddy where some of the herbal notes can take on brothy, stewed character.
Svöl Swedish-style Aquavit is really an aquavit best enjoyed in the traditional style of snaps.
Overall, Svöl Swedish Aquavit
Among the most herbal aquavits on the market today, Svöl Swedish-style Aquavit provides an authentic, but different aquavit experience. Fans of savory, herb-forward gins will enjoy this aquavit. Fans of a traditional, heavy spice aquavit will find this spirit familiar, while stepping into slightly less familiar territory.
It’s a great sipping aquavit for people looking for a little less spice and a bit more herbal, while still remaining true to the category.