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Aqua Vitae is an award winning hand-crafted botanical spirit, made on site using spices, dried fruit and locally grown green herbs such as Douglas fir and sweet cicely – the earliest ‘aqua vitae’ that was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494.


An unusual gift idea for lovers of craft spirits, Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae is the first release from this historic site in Fife, Scotland.

Aqua Vitae is an award winning handcrafted botanical spirit, made on site 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, Aqua Vitae is delicious as a mixed drink or a cocktail base.

The earliest Aqua Vitae was made at Lindores as long ago as 1494, and we’ve authentically recreated that recipe and reimagined it as an inquisitively versatile spirit.

Today, our Aqua Vitae is distilled in pot stills and then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, and sweet cicely, which grow in our gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey. It is entirely natural, with no added sugars.

70cl bottle.  40% ABV.


AWARD WINNING aqua vitae

In 2019 we were delighted to receive a Silver Medal in the Fruit Spirit category at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – IWSC.  IWSC Silver Medal 2019

The  judges commented that our Aqua Vitae is a great composition of flavours, with the lemon verbena keeping the dried-fruit-like raisin and date aromas and the taste balanced and fresh – a nice blend of flavours and textures, with an exciting harmony of flavours and a delicious finish.

We were also awarded a 2 Star Outstanding Award at the Great Taste Awards 2019 by Guild of Fine Food – the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’. Quite simply the Great Taste logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink in your local, quality retailer.





Tasting Notes: 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.

We recommend drinking Aqua Vitae in a Highball glass filled with ice, pour over 50ml of Aqua Vitae topped with Ginger Ale, and garnish with a twist of Orange.

Lindores Abbey Aqua Vitae

Another way to enjoy Aqua Vitae is to simply pour over ice with a twist of orange.

Aqua Vitae is delicious as a mixed drink or a cocktail base and we have an ever growing list of drinks recipes that are being added to by many of our friends and partners in the drinks industry that you can look at and re create HERE.



Old recipe for aqua vitae

 The earliest ‘aqua vitae’ that was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494.  Thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.

It was Aqua Vitae that Brother John Cor and the monks were making for King James IV in 1494 here at Lindores Abbey.  It would have been a powerful clear spirit, made using water from the ‘Holy Burn’ and barley from the surrounding fields. The strong spirit would have been infused with plants and herbs that grew wild in the grounds of the Abbey, as well as other plants especially cultivated by the monks.  More exotic herbs and spices brought back from Flanders, where the monks, or their agents, traded salmon and wool with the merchants of Europe, would also have been used. The original Aqua Vitae would have been a fiery spirit, used as much as a medicine or tincture, as a libation.



Delivery is £6 (UK only)

Unfortunately, currently we are unable to send bottles to the USA, although we are close to appointing a US distributor, after which we will be delighted to ship Lindores ‘Aqua Vitae’ to whisky lovers across the Ocean.

8 reviews for Aqua Vitae


    “AQUA VITAE” is a strong but smooth tasting Whisky which I found most enjoyable.

  2. John Ross

    Beautiful taste. Tried with water and neat. Prefer neat. This will not disappoint any whisky lover and all non whisky drinkers.

  3. Hannah Cooke

    Absolutely delicious – perfect pre-dinner drink. Mixed with a splash of ginger ale and a twist of orange peel over ice, it reminded me of a sharper, more grown-up negroni.

  4. Allegra Strudwick

    A delicious, sophisticated drink that I enjoyed thoroughly mixed with ginger ale. My husband is a whisky lover and had his neat and said it was on par with many of his favourite single malt whiskies. Couldn’t recommend it more.

  5. Jesse Bromvski

    I bought this as a thank you gift for a friend- it could not have been better received. They loved it – couldn’t recommend more highly.!

  6. Helen Valentine

    Fabulous neat, over ice or with a mixer!! By far my favourite! What a find!!

  7. Sandy Barton

    Visited Lindores and loved Aqua Vitae. Please find a US distributor soon so we can purchase more! We only brought back 1 bottle and should have brought more! Over ice with ginger ale and an orange slice this makes a perfect summertime cocktail! Loved Lindores and loved Aqua Vitae. Can’t wait til we can taste your first whisky!

  8. Dan B

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Foster in Booths in Yorkshire and tasted the Aqua Vitae. I’m very impressed and a very refreshing change from yet more Gin or Whisky. Excellent on its own or with a mixer such as Ginger Ale and ice. Very subtle herb and spice notes.

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