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Bivrost spirits launch in the UK

A range of Bivrost spirts have been launched in the UK from the most northern distillery in the world, which is located 350km inside the Arctic Circle in Norway.

The range of spirits include gin, vodka, aquavit and an early taste of the maturing whisky, and guests at the launch event in Edinburgh learned about the Nordic venture from Hans-Olav Eriksen, and its connection to Scotland from Colin Houston, director of Aurora Spirit UK.

Handcrafted under the Northern Lights at the foot of the Lyngen Alps, the distillery, which opened in 2015, uses filtered, melting 5000-year-old glacial water and locally harvested botanicals to ensure a product of Arctic Norway.

Speaking at the launch event, Tor-Petter Christensen comments: "Bivrost is the name the Vikings gave the Northern Lights and was seen as a magical bridge from the home world to the realms of Norse Gods. Today, it represents the bridge between hectic modern life and the adventurous spirit of the Arctic.

"Using some of the latest technology in our state of the art distillery, we have been able to create a unique range of spirits which truly represent Arctic Norway. Our 24-hour daylight summers provide special characteristics and ripen the berries in double quick time, producing berries bursting with intense fruit flavours.

"At Aurora Spirit, we've taken a lot of inspiration from the success of the Scottish spirits industry and are delighted to be able to bring a little bit of Norway to the UK. Our gin comes highly recommended from Norway, so we're looking forward to hearing what people in the UK think."

Aurora Spirit has a connection to Scotland, with co-founder Colin Houston hailing from the Scottish town of Oban. The distillery has struck up a partnership with Scotland's oldest distillery, Glenturret Distillery, with the two distilleries have been swapping skills and ideas since meeting in 2015. Aurora Spirit directors visited Glenturret Distillery, home to The Famous Grouse, on a fact-finding mission and were impressed with how The Famous Grouse Experience and Glenturret Distillery work as both a working distillery and visitor attraction.

The whisky, which is currently being stored in old and secret NATO tunnels drilled into the hillside and underground chambers, will be available in 2019 after maturing in casks sourced from Speyside Cooperage.

4 May 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor