An unusual gift idea for whisky lovers takes the form of Lindores Abbey Distillery’s Aqua Vitae.
Our first release from this historic site in Fife, Scotland, Aqua Vitae is a tribute to the origins of Scotch as we know it today. The earliest ‘aqua vitae’ that was made at Lindores Abbey as long ago as 1494. It was thought to have helped to ‘sloeth age’ and ‘abandoneth melancholy’. As a result, it was a powerful tonic that was drunk by kings and commoners alike.
Today Aqua Vitae is a malt spirit distilled in pot stills. It is then infused with a blend of spices and herbs, including cleavers, lemon verbena and sweet cicely. All these herbs and spices are grown in our gardens, amidst the grounds of the ancient Abbey.
Entirely natural, with no added sugars
70cl bottle. 40% ABV.
TASTING NOTES for aqua vitae
Initial light top notes of peach and pear, give way to masses of ginger, clove and cinnamon spice. Rich, caramel sweetness in addition to some lovely light herbal notes on the finish. Consequently it is complex and rewarding.
Enjoy Aqua Vitae simply over ice with a twist of orange. Another option is to add plenty of fresh mint and a small amount of sugar syrup, topped with soda water. You can find more recipe ideas HERE and we also have a delicious Winter Cocktails and drinks selection.
Old recipe for aqua vitae
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’ in addition to the 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. In addition, the monks traded salmon and wool with the merchants of Europe, and as a result more exotic herbs and spices were also brought back from Flanders and would also have been used.
The original Aqua Vitae would have been a fiery spirit, consequently used as much as a medicine or tincture, as a libation. Today it makes a wonderful gift for whisky lovers.
Delivery is £6 (UK only)
Unfortunately, currently we are unable to send bottles to the USA, 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.