When Gilde launched the very first Christmas aquavit in 1988, the goal was to present an aquavit suited to traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes. Gilde Juleaquavit was an immediate success and is Norway’s best-selling Christmas aquavit.
Every year since its launch, Gilde Juleaquavit is produced according to the same traditional recipe: a portion of the aquavit, the Solera share, is preserved and forms the basis for next year's unique recipe. Gilde Juleaquavit, therefore, contains precious drops from all vintages that have ever been made.
This year's theme and design are inspired by the centerpiece of Christmas Eve itself, namely a set Christmas table. However, the importance of the Christmas table does not lie in the perfect decoration, but in the people around the table and the conversations across it.
The table decorations can just as well be inspired by nature, such as the Christmas bouquet adorning the main focus of this year's Christmas aquavit. The inspiration lies in the fact that the Christmas aquavit should naturally blend in as part of the table decorations for any set Christmas table.
For this occasion, we have collaborated with interior designer Aina Sollie Steen. Taking inspiration from the design of this year's Christmas aquavit, she has set the Christmas table with a focus on reusing materials and nature-inspired decoration.
Taste: Round and full-bodied flavor with hints of vanilla, toffee, integrated spices, and dried fruit.
Pairing: Perfect for traditional Christmas food and particularly excellent with pork ribs.
Cask maturation: Minimum one year on oak casks.