200 years of aquavit!

The French have Armagnac, the Italians calvados, the Norwegians cognac and the people of Trøndelag have aquavit!

7
Foto: marius rua

Aquavit has existed in Trøndelag for 500 years. The earliest known reference to aqua vite is found in a letter the Steward of the Realm, Eske Bille, sent from Bergen on 13 April 1531 along with a bottle to Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson at the Archbishop’s Palace in Trondheim.

However, the person who took aquavit to new heights was Jørgen B. Lysholm, who established his distillery in Trondheim in 1821. There were eight other distilleries in Trondheim at the time

Foto: marius rua

Foto: marius rua

Klostergården på Tautra: Særegent spisested som ligger vegg i vegg med ruinene fra det første Mariaklosteret på Tautra, bygget i 1207. Serverer tradisjonskost med Tautras egen akevitt – ankerdrammen «Tautra» – til, og har også flere egenproduserte ølsorter.

The 200th anniversary

The 200th anniversary of Lysholm’s establishment of liquor production was celebrated in 2021. To mark this milestone, Arcus produced an exclusive aquavit based on the original recipe from Trondheim. It has matured in casks for eight years and tastes of dried fruit and caramel with a long aftertaste of star anise, one of the spices that is characteristic of the original Lysholm aquavits. It has what Norske Akevitters Venner (Friends of the Norwegian Aquavit) believe an authentic aquavit should have: identity, be well matured and not least balanced.

Foto: jarle hagen

Foto: jarle hagen

Many people probably think of Lysholm Linie, which gained its name because the casks crossed the “line” (equator) twice. The movements and temperature changes on the ship release aromas from the cask and additives that create a more complex and rounded taste experience. The aquavit is produced by Arcus in Oslo using an old recipe and the maturation in oak casks ends with a return voyage to Australia.

you may also like

Harvest your own food

Harvest your own food

Two businesses located just a short drive apart on either side of the national border are earning praise for their extensive use of the region’s abundance of wild plants.

read more