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Akvavit

Danish name for aquavit; see there.

The name of this brandy, which is particularly popular in the Scandinavian countries, is derived from Aqua vitae (lat. water of life). In the Middle Ages aquavit was still made from wine, later from potatoes and only since the end of the 17th century from grain. At that time, aromatic substances such as juniper berries, malt, honey, dill herb and caraway were used to give the taste. Gradually, however, caraway has established...

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