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 a 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.
TASTING NOTES for aqua vitae
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.
HOW TO DRINK AQUA VITAE
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.
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.
We also have a delicious Winter Cocktails and drinks selection.
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.