Nuet Dry Aquavit received a silver medal in the gin category at the 2021 Nordic Spirit Awards.

In doing so, Nuet became the first aquavit to take home a prize in the gin category.

Recognising products where raw materials are sourced locally and free of artificial additives, the awards celebrate the quality of traditional production, where the spirit is made in small distilleries and is a result of the creator’s passion. The panel of judges blind taste and score the entries based on aroma, appearance, taste and finish. Points are given according to an absolute point scale with intervals for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Grapefruit peel and blackcurrant give Nuet Dry Aquavit a citrusy fresh taste, a nice viscosity, and a smooth finish, whilst the subtle caraway influence makes it a  refreshing alternative to gin.

Founded in 2018, Nuet is a range of Scandinavian aquavits and aquavit-based products created in response to the rise of traditional national spirit types such as mezcal, tequila and scotch.

Aquavit dates back to 1531 as a Scandinavian staple consumed during celebrations such as Christmas and midsommar, as well as weddings and other grand occasions.

Founder Morten Pharo Halle reveals: “When developing the Nuet Dry Aquavit, we had two litmus tests; it had to really shine both in a martini and with tonic, which of course are cocktails usually reserved for gin. Therefore it’s fantastic to be the first aquavit ever to get an award in the gin category, and with that make history.”

He continues: “We’ve luckily always had very realistic expectations, despite the huge potential we see for Nuet long-term. “This has meant we’ve been very well-suited to face such unforeseen challenges like the one Covid-19 has been. 2020 was a great year for us, and 2021 is shaping up to become even better.”