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O.P. Anderson Limited Edition

 22 Nov 2009  

Pernod Ricard Nordic (formerly Vin & Sprit) have released a limited edition of the Swedish "O.P. Anderson" aquavit. This new version is aged for nine years and such long oak aging is unprecedented for Swedish aquavits.

Norwegian aquavits are more often oak aged than Swedish and Danish ones, and generally for longer periods of time. The oldest Norwegian aquavit I know of, "Gilde Non Plus Ultra", is aged for 12 years. For Swedish aquavits however, years of oak aging is new territory, as the other Swedish brands employ aging for a matter of months only (if they are aged at all).

My tast­ing note:

Very nice nose with fresh notes of orange and pepper­mint, also aniseed and caraway. The palate is at first mild and sweet but turns spicy and de­velops fennel. All in all it's smooth, bal­anced and rather nice. (84 p)

I can really recommend this new aquavit but I'd better warn you about the price. In the store, I did notice that it wasn't cheap, but later I realized that the bottle only holds 500 ml. In fact, the liter price is higher than for a good 12 year old single malt! That said, I'm rather looking forward to having this aquavit with my Christmas dinner. I may even try it afterwards as a digestif...

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