In Swedish history, aquavit – in Latin, aqua vitae, means the water of life – is first referenced in an early 16th century letter. O.P. Anderson’s Aquavit is the oldest aquavit of Sweden. Carl August Anderson launched it in 1891 in honor of his father, O.P. Anderson, who was a ship owner, proprietor of a liquor factory, and a member of the Göteborg City Council. For centuries, aquavit has been the quintessential spirit of celebration and song in Scandinavian culture. In Sweden, before drinking a small shot of aquavit (a snaps), tradition calls for a vigorous song that glorifies the delicacy of the drink (a snapsvisa). Drinking songs are short and easy to learn, aiming for everyone around the table to join in. Across Sweden, Norway and Finland as well as parts of Northern Europe, aquavit is the traditional spirit for festive gatherings, dinners, weddings and informal get-togethers. Like vodka, aquavit is a distilled liquor, but aquavit’s distinctive aromas and seasonings come from a blend of herbal essences of fennel, caraway, and anise, which are the classic aquavit spices. O.P. Anderson Aquavit is made with Swedish (CK) wheat; in addition, the classic spices are stored in oak barrels for six months, which add tannins and oak flavorings.
O.P. Anderson Original is Sweden’s oldest, most sold and most celebrated aquavit spiced with the classical Swedish combination of caraway, anise and fennel. The organic aquavit is made from selected organic ingredients. The spice distillates are matured in over 100 years old oak vats for at least 6 months, giving O.P. its well balanced and complex character.