Aqua Vitae - Lindores Abbey Distillery
Aqua Vitae, a multi award winning handcrafted botanical spirit, is produced by Lindores Abbey Distillery using spices, dried fruit and locally grown green herbs such as Douglas fir and sweet cicely. With citrus notes and full of sweet and spiced flavours, it is delicious as a mixed drink or a cocktail base.
The earliest Aqua Vitae was made at Lindores as long ago as 1494, and they've authentically recreated that recipe and reimagined it as an inquisitively versatile spirit. Today, their own spirit is distilled in pot stills and then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, and sweet cicely, which grow in their gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey. It is entirely natural, with no added sugars.
Net weight: 1.6kg
Initial light top notes of peach and pear, give way to hints of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice. Rich, caramel sweetness and some lovely light herbal notes on the finish. Complex and rewarding.
Try pouring 50ml of Aqua Vitae over ice in a Highball glass, topped with Ginger Ale, and garnish with a twist of Orange.
Lindores Abbey Distillery
Lindores Abbey Distillery can be found in the Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky in Fife.
Distilling was taking place on this site at least as early as 1494, although it was most probably happening long before that. The earliest written reference to Scotch Whisky (or Aqua Vitae, as it was then known) appears in the Exchequer Roll of the same year. It mentioned a Brother John Cor, a Lindores monk, who was commissioned by King James IV to turn 8 bolls of malt into Aqua Vitae. Thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.
Aqua Vitae is the first release from Lindores Abbey and their first single malt is to be released in early July 2021.