Silver Circle Aquavit ‘first’ for Wales

by Melita Kiely

Welsh producer Silver Circle Distillery has created what it claims is the first aquavit made in Wales.

Nina and Joe Howden founded Silver Circle Distillery in the village of Catbrook, Monmouthshire, Wales, in June 2019. The aquavit is distilled with caraway, fennel, raspberry, lemon and rye, and has been made for sipping neat and for mixing in cocktails. Nina Howden, co-founder of Silver Circle, said: “Aquavit is part of my Swedish heritage so it's something we planned to produce from day one. “It has a deep connection to food and drink culture across Scandinavia which goes back centuries but is now growing as a category around the world. You can twist classic cocktail recipes by using aquavit and you get something new and unexpected. “Now we are thrilled to be launching our Silver Circle Aquavit after months of testing and tasting. We’ve found it to be delicious straight, and its savoury nature makes it a perfect pairing for many kinds of food. “But it also works extremely well in cocktails as a replacement for gin, whiskey or vodka. You can drink it with tonic, just like a G&T, or in an Old Fashioned or Negroni. And just wait until you try it in a Martini.” Bottled at 40% ABV, Silver Circle Aquavit is available to purchase from the distillery shop and online for RRP £38 (US$51) per 700ml bottle. In other aquavit news, last year, Anora Group partnered with Swedish brewery Omnipollo to create a limited edition OP Anderson Aquavit blended with stout distillate. The expression made it into SB's list of the top 50 most innovative spirits of 2021.