Norwegian vodka and aquavit gain GI status in EUBy Nicola Carruthers
The European Commission has recognised Norwegian vodka and aquavit as a geographical indication (GI).
The European Commission added Norwegian vodka and Norwegian aquavit to the European Union (EU) register of GIs on 6 February.
Norwegian vodka is “known for its neutral flavour with a pure and clean taste, making it ideal for cocktails”.
It is made from either potatoes or grain and is produced in three stages, specifically brewing, distilling and post-distillation processing. The production method dates back to the city of Bergen in 1531.
Norwegian aquavit is a spirit produced from potatoes, distilled with herbs and spices, and matured in wooden casks.
It is said to be “soft on the palate” with an aroma of caraway/dill and notes of other herbs and spices.
The systematic cask maturation process distinguishes Norwegian aquavit from other varieties, according to the European Commission.
In December last year, the EU furthered its protection of GIs for spirits after becoming the fifth party to ratify the Geneva Act, which will come into force this month.