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The spark of an idea

The whiff of a scent of dill and caraway.  Why were so many Danish spirit producers focusing on producing whisky, gin, rum or vodka? Why not redefine the only local spirit, that is part of our culture and spirits tradition, the Nordic Aquavit? In a nutshell this is how Frederick got his idea for VI.ER AKVAVIT. To make premium Nordic aquavit, using the best botanicals from around the Nordics to create exciting new flavour profiles and make a spirit that the Nordic people could be proud of again.

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Awards

Aquavit Distillery of the Year - Berlin International Spirits Competition -  2016

Silver - New York International Spirits Competition - 2016

Bronze - Berlin International Spirits Competition - 2016

Bronze - Destille Berlin Craft Spirits Festival - 2016

5 out 6 stars - Børsen – 2016

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VI.ER DANMARK

2016 - In April, the first aquavit, VI.ER DANMARK, was launched. A clean and smooth ode to the classic Danish Taffel Aquavit. An aquavit made not only to be enjoyed neat, but also a spirit that could be part of a variety of cocktails. A modern Nordic spirit for the modern consumer.

During the summer and autumn of 2016

We created our next two editions of modern aquavit. First came our beloved dill based aquavit, Green Midsummer (now renamed Midsummer Fling). A wild and green spirit, that is the epitome of Nordic summer. The idea behind it being that no matter where you find yourself in the world, if you take a sip of this and close your eyes you will be transported straight to the Nordic summer nature. Later this year we also presented our first Xmas aquavit - VI.ER JOL. A delicious palate of warm and pleasant botanicals that are quintessentially Nordic. Only problem was that it is impossible to sell Christmas aquavit come January, so we renamed it Nordic Hygge (now Naked Hygge) for the flavours and the feeling it gives you when imbibing on this luscious spirit.

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Awards

Silver - San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2017

Bronze - Destille Berlin Crafts Spirits Festival - 2017

Bronze - Spirikum Snaps & Aquavit Festival - 2017

Medals

VI.ER AKVAVIT

After having won several medals and accolades for the spirits, as well as being represented in some of the best restaurants and bars in Copenhagen and Denmark, the time came to target the consumer. The only problem being that consumers in Denmark do not equate Aquavit with a premium quality product. To most people it is a cheap spirit that is consumed only through shots and never in cocktails. Actually only two well know aquavit cocktails exist, the Flyversjus and the Kaffepunch, none of which are especially modern or inviting for the contemporary consumer.

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The worlds first aquavit cocktail bar, situated in the hip Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark.

If cocktails are the way most people enjoy alcohol and spirits, and no known cocktails exist for aquavit that was one of the major problems that faced the entire aquavit category as Frederick could see it. So he did, the only thing he could think of and that was opening the worlds first all-aquavit cocktail bar, Rastløs (Restless), in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen. This is also when Toby entered the picture to become the Cocktail Director of Rastløs.

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THE MISSION

The mission at Rastløs was to create a cocktail catalogue for aquavit that fitted the palates and the wishes of the modern consumer. Together Frederick and Toby would push the boundaries of what was possible to do with aquavit - Rastløs quickly became known as an avant-garde and highly experimental aquavit cocktail den, always pushing aquavit to new heights. Working with traditional and new processes such as fermentations, tinctures, kombucha, etc. in order to see just how interesting aquavit could become.

​Frederick and Toby

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Awards

Gold & Sliver- International Spirits Challenge – 2019

Restless Soul

Cocktail Co.

Exactly one year after Rastløs opened and 140+ original aquavit cocktail recipes later, Rastløs closed its doors for the last time. A loyal customer base had been created, but it was evident that the name aquavit was still scaring too many Danes away. So we decided to bring the soul of Rastløs to the people through a new and experimental bottled cocktail concept. Restless Soul Cocktail Co. was born and our first mission was to recreate some of our most popular cocktails into a bottled cocktail format bring premium cocktail experiences to the people.

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Awards

Bronze & Bronze - Nordic Spirits Awards – 2020

Six Nordics - a series of New Nordic spirits - is born. Named after the six Nordic countries that have an aquavit heritage, the spirits are inspired by our long tradition for creating spirits in the Nordics, and can be classified as both an aquavit and as a gin. We just call it the next generation of contemporary Nordic spirits - for the modern consumer. Premium spirits that tell the story of our history and our future when it comes to developing flavours and mixing it in cocktails.

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The future is now and our future is to bring the True Spirit of the North to rest of the world and showcase the beautiful flavours and lifestyle of the Nordics.

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