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The name of this spirit, which is particularly popular in Scandinavian countries, is derived from aqua vitae (Latin for 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 weed and caraway were used for flavouring. Gradually, however, caraway became the dominant addition. One of the first producers of aquavit was Isidor Henius, who came from Prussia at the time. In 1846 in Aalborg, he laid the foundation for the now world-famous aquavit culture in Denmark; it was the birth of the legendary brand "Aalborg Taffel Akvavit". Incidentally, the addition "Danske" (Danish) is now a protected designation of origin.

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