Gilde Jule Aquavit

I thought as I’d already done one booze review I’d do another. This was bought as a present for me from Norway and in the interests of SCIENCE getting drunk, I thought now would be as good a time as any to try some.

Wikipedia tells me this stuff is made from grain or spuds much like vodka. It is then flavoured with caraway or similar herbs, then often aged in oak casks. This sounds remarkably promising so far, though bare in mind I don’t know what caraway tastes like. There appears to be very little information about this in English on the web, so if you’ve arrived here looking for reviews, please leave a comment! In all honesty, this review probably won’t help you much…

It looked pretty good in the bottle to me, much like Scotch whisky, which I love. As this sounds like it’s knocked back quickly, I only poured myself a small quantity at first.


[Sorry about the backdrop, but I’m just a dude with some webspace and an assumption everyone wants to know what I think, not a professional photographer. Yet.]

It smells almost grassy and there’s something resembling liquorice in there. Mildly ‘essential-oily’. Not particularly strong though. The alcohol is definitely the predominant smell here. First tiny sip is actually pretty pleasant. Bit of a burn, not unsurprising at 40% ABV. Nice aftertaste. This would make a good mouthwash flavour, and I mean that in a good way. I’ve had another sniff now and there’s just the slightest caramel too. Or perhaps it’s the oak? Second sip and I get a blast of alcohol up my nose. Feeling a slightly oily texture to it in my mouth. With some water in it to take the edge off the alcohol the flavours are more easy to separate. Unfortunately, I don’t know what they are.

I’m not sure whether this is something I could drink all night as the flavour is a little different to what I am used to. I think the taste would be wasted if a mixer other than water were to be used though.

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3 Responses to Gilde Jule Aquavit

  1. Simon G says:

    If nothing else, it’s one of those interesting bottles of something for the sideboard that you can pull out and surprise guests with.

    Sounds like it might be an acquired taste though.

  2. Ed says:

    I like it

  3. Ed says:

    very much

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