Lysholm Linie Aquavit
Linie Aquavit, produced from potatoes, is flavored with
caraway, dill, aniseed, sweet fennel and coriander. Matured in Oloroso sherry
casks, the oak gives this Norwegian aquavit a golden color and soft notes of
vanilla, and the remaining hints of sherry provide a subtle sweetness.
Oxidation softens the herbs and spices, contributing to a rounder, more mellow
taste. The casks are then stored on the deck of a ship as it travels around the
world. This voyage takes four and a half months, and during that time, thirty
five countries are visited and the Equator is crossed twice. The great
variations in temperature and humidity, along with the salty sea air and the
constant movement of the ship, smooths and enhances the flavor. Every bottle of
Linie Aquavit carries the details of its journey: you will find the date of
departure from Norway, the date it returned after crossing the Equator twice,
and the name of the ship.
Linie takes that tradition even further, though: the name
is Norwegian for "equator," because to this day, each barrel is
shipped around the world, from Norway to Australia and back, crossing the
equator twice during the journey. They claim that the rocking in the boat, the
ocean air, and the changes in temperature and humidity all go toward making it
taste better, and it's hard to argue with the results.