Voyage Across the East River

March 5, 2012

It was just after our Irish Whiskey tasting that I posted about, in all of its production glory, Linie Aquavit. It was an early topic at the next Nobler Gathering which is why I felt it was the perfect candidate to be our very first non-whiskey focal point. A voyage across the world may be more impressive than an L train ride to Williamsburg but the Noblers gathered nonetheless for another fantastic night.  In summary: (1) We are all now aquavit fans and (2) We probably don’t need to finish two bottles next time…

But in all honesty, as I mentioned in the Linie post, aquavit is by no means something I had a ton of experience with. Sipping on a few cocktails at Vandaag, while certainly providing the feeling of greatness, does not equate to overnight expertise. So I was as excited as the rest of the guys to give a more thorough tasting to this Scandinavian favorite. The best comparison one can make is to Gin in terms of production style but don’t think you’ll be getting juniper as the driving flavor. Aquavit on the other hand is flavored typically with caraway which is a wonderful ingredient for cocktail pairing. Taking some cues from the few experiences I had, I knew delicate sweetness and spice worked great with the caraway. This pineapple and jalapeno juice did not disappoint.

But it was, as we expected, the Linie that really stole the show. Unlike the Aalborg which has a seriously crisp finish, the Linie’s aging process, as unique as it is, is clearly not just a gimmick. Whether it’s the voyage across the sea or the sherry casks they select, there is a really amazing balance that develops. It is not nearly as rich as a whiskey, but just enough to make it super-drinkable on its own. It’s maybe the perfect after dinner drink for those that hate after dinner drinks. We all agreed, the Linie may not replace our whiskey addiction, but it’s definitely a bottle we want to add to our collection.

And speaking of adding to a collection…if you collect meatball sandwiches…

My take on the Swedish meatballs in sandwich form had us all a bit quiet for a while. And that may say it all. Because if Swedish meatballs, havarti, arugula and jam can make a bunch of drunkards keep their mouths shut, then I believe you can say it was pretty damn delicious! Take that Ikea!

Quick note: Our gracious host and fellow Nobler caught on to my hangover induced (I’ll use this excuse), but still ridiculous error of identifying our voyage as “over the Hudson”. Since we ended up in Brooklyn and not in New Jersey, I have now renamed the post appropriately. That was a close one…I’m not sure who’s more offended, the people who live in Hoboken or the people who live in Williamsburg…


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