The traditional spirit Akvavit or Aquavit is principally produced in Scandinavia destilled from grain or potatoes and flavored with a variety of herbs. In Norway, several new versions are launched every year. And when it’s Christmas time in Norway – it’s time for Aquavit.
One of the most popular Aquavits in Norway is Gammel Opland (Old Opland) made using the original recipe from 1872. It has been extensively matured in old sherry casks, which tones down the caraway seeds and gives it a character that is still rich and complex with citrus, anise, caraway and oak aromas. Gammel Opland is well suited to traditional Norwegian Christmas food, or it can be enjoyed on its own.
Lillehammer’s prime rap crew, called Dirty Oppland, was established in 2001 by leading rappers Jaa9 & OnkelP.
Christmas Time in Norway – Time for Aquavit, continues below image.
This fall, the band launches new music followed by a limited edition of the old classic aquavit branded, of course, Dirty Opland, and the group is pictured on the label!
Gammel Opland is the classic that tops the Norwegian wine monopoly’s sales lists every year. A limited number of the bottles, 2624, is labeled Dirty Opland. The number is not random, because it coincides with the postcode of Lillehammer.
Gammel Opland and Dirty Opland is stored for 26-28 months. The aroma is described as spices and barrel notes, well balanced with caraway, anise, as well as traces of citrus and vanilla.
Christmas Time in Norway – Time for Aquavit, written by Tor Kjolberg