HÅVALDSEN Aquavit is a modern approach to a classic Scandinavian spirit. What makes Håvaldsen an innovator in the aquavit sector is that it has been stored in three different barrels: Sherry , Madeira and fine French oak. This is the first triple-cask aquavit made in Norway and most likely world-wide.Country of origin Norway
Classic Scandinavian Spirit
Håvaldsen Triple Cask Aquavit is made from potatoe spirit, distilled in the same method used on the best gin`s. By distilling all the herbs at the same time and just adding clean mountains water after the distillation. The herbs are well integrated into the end product and get the highest quality. “Distilled in the same way as a London Dry Gin”.
Håvaldsen has been stored in three different barrels for a minimum of 9 month`s in total, Sherry , Madeira and fine French oak. This is the first triple-cask aquavit made in Norway and most likely worldwide.
Winning an ISC ( Internatioal Spirit Competition ) Silver medal 2017 is an outstanding achievement. In 2018, we won a big blind test competition in the Vinmonopolet, where we were voted the best aquavit in Norway.
Experience a profound aftertaste from botanicals including: Carvi, Coriander, Angelica, Mint, Ginger Root, Orange and Lemon peel.
Complex scent of oak barrels, some cumin and round, fruity notes with hints of citrus and caramel.
Interest in liquor production began for our Master Distiller, Ståle Håvaldsen Johnsen in 2006, when travelling in the picturesque mountains of Norwegian West coast with his wife Barbara and father-in-law - Jan Obuch who served a home-made herbal liquor of high complexity.
While camping at World Heritage site Geirangerfjord, the bottle was passed around the fire and Ståle was excited by its intriguing distillation process and the power of herb essences.
He became determined to learn more and eventually, create his own signature spirit.
Jan is a recognized nature scientist employed at university botanical garden. His accomplished knowledge of herbal properties and characteristics was achieved through his travellers around the world.
Ståle learned from Jan and started his own spirit-making journey in 2009.
He became acquainted with skilled Scandinavian bartenders and learned about use of herbs and spirits in cocktails.
After many rounds of testing and sampling, Ståle has at last created his first gin in 2014. Today he have made a range of handcrafted small batch highly awarded gins and an aquavit, all distilled, stored and bottled at lovely Kimerud farm in Lier, West of Oslo.
We welcome you to the story of Kimerud Distillery. This family owned distillery is built on Kimerud Farm, which dates back to 1785.
Kimerud Farm is located in Lier municipality, west of Oslo. The clean air and rich soil here gives the best conditions for growing high quality herbs and berries.
Kimerud farm is the home of Gins and an Aquavit which are recipients of the most prestigious blind test awards by some of the best chefs and sommeliers in the world.