Aroma: Sharp floral notes from the distilled wormwood
Palate: Bitter, moving from bitter wormwood to bitter rhubarb to bitter orange
Finish: Long and bitter with a slight vegetal note
Tasting notes: Smooth and vegetal aromas are reminiscent of asparagus and chamomile. The flavor is sweet and almost viscous in the mouth with intense herbal qualities. The finish is long and bitter leaving the palate invigorated.
Bäska Snaps med Malört
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Bitter schnapps with licorice, wormwood and caraway, malört is a Swedish classic in the similar tradition of Swiss and French absinthe. Throughout Scandinavia, it is tradition to take high proof aquavit and infuse it with bitter herbs to drink during the holidays and the long, cold winter that follows. These “besk snaps” are served cold to family and visitors who need a bracing, bitter eye-opener. Though every home seems to have its own recipe for making bitter schnapps, EU restrictions on using wormwood in commercial spirits has left only a few distilleries producing this fine beverage. Determined to keep the tradition alive, Bittermens formulated a classic bitter schnapps by first creating an aquavit with flavors of caraway and infusing it with licorice, citrus and other herbs. It is then blended with a touch of sugar and combined with a wormwood distillate produced by one of the oldest distilleries in Pontalier, France.