The beginnings of Brennivin date back to 1935 when prohibition was partially lifted in Iceland. Brennivin literally translates into “Burnt Wine,” same as the Dutch “gebrande wijn” or BRANDYwine. Brennivin’s unique caraway flavor is scarcely found outside of Iceland, and its nickname Svartidauði, which translates to “Black Death,” has built a devoted cult following. It is frequently smuggled in the luggage of returning travelers. Brennivin Aquavit is also easily used in cocktails, with its savory aroma/flavor. Also think of caraway as a culinary ingredient, which will lead you to the many flavors which it works well with; Herbs, tomato, smoke, apples, pears, red berries, vanilla, etc… Its application is vast and flavor easily recognizable.
Brennivin has a savory caraway aroma/flavor, combined with silky texture and natural sweetness. The spirit is distilled from potato and employs glacial alkaline water to proof down.