The company is based in San Diego, California and was founded in March 2020 after building a close relationship with Sav™, a wine and spirits producer in Åre, Sweden. Their unique products, both wine and spirits, are made from the sap of the birch tree.
Viking Spirits is focused on the northern region of Scandinavia, which has a long history of producing world class spirits. With climate change, the grape wine region of southern Sweden is growing in size from year to year. Our goal is to continue to build close relationships with both new and existing producers and make Scandinavian wine and spirits common household names in the USA.
Our products are inspired by the nature around us and the beauty of the northern life.
They have always been fascinated by the idea of trying to develop systems where the distance between sunlight and use or function is short and unconstrained. Such systems or products usually create effective, sustainable and dynamic conditions for minimal health and environmental impact if used properly, Sav™ is part of such a system. Sav™ is in many ways a unique winery – but also so much more than that. It is the ambassador of northern spring and reflects the soul of the north.
The heart of their products is birch sap. A raw material that has been used since time immemorial in the arctic areas as an important nutritional supplement. The birch sap is always drained in the spring when, after a long winter.
Sav™ Sparkling, as the name suggests (the Swedish word sav means sap in english), is a sparkling wine produced from crystal clear birch sap that is harvested in Sweden’s cooler climate from untouched natural birch tree forests in the region of Jämtland.
For centuries, birch sap has been used in the arctic regions as an important part of nutrition during spring and late winter months.
After a recipe excavated in archives from the 18th century, eco-engineer Peter Mosten harvests the birch sap from specially selected birches at Lake Storsjön. Here the birch grows wonderfully, and the mineral rich soil helps the birches develop plenty of sap. A procedure created by Peter involves analyzing the vegetation around the birch trees to make sure that the sap contains the right minerals and substances.
Sav™Snö is a sparkling spiced birch wine with carefully selected flavoring and natural bubbles, balanced with a pinch of sugar. The favors are fruity with a fresh taste of orange, citrus and pineapple, with spice tones of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.
Snö is the Swedish word for snow and it’s during the spring, when the snow begin to melt, the birch sap is harvested. Sav™ Snö is best enjoyed together with friends or as a festive alternative to a dessert wine.
Sav™Fjällvin is a still wine made of birch tree sap. Fjällvin translates to mountain wine, which is quite fitting since the birches are selected from the regions near the mountains. This is a nuanced and elegant white wine with a taste of barrel, birch sap, minerals, green apples and citrus. Served at 8-10°C and pairs well with fish or chicken.
Sav™ Glöd, is a birch sap wine blended with natural flavors and spices like ginger, citrus, angelica, sugar and Sav™Snaps. Enjoyed warm in front of the fireplace or as a cold aperitif before dinner.
Sav™ Snaps (Coming soon) Pure taste with hints of pears, citrus, honey and herbs. Serve chilled as snaps or in cocktails. Round, clean, fresh and mild flavor of juniper and vermouth with an undertone of herbs and birch sap. A tinted taste of lemon with an ounce of caramel. Long and balanced soft aftertaste.
There is something very special about Tevsjö Mill & Distillery.
The first miller on their farm was Olof Danielsson, it was the early 19th century with Karl XIII as Swedish regent. In seven straight descending lines after Olof, Tevsjö Mill & Distillery is now run by the spouses Anna and Jonas Larsson. It is with pride that they carry on the old miller tradition, added with an artisanal and small-scale distillery that has been producing unique spirit products since 2012, both under their own brand and those of others. Their innovative premium drinks are aimed at a conscious market and have brought us both to royalty and Nobel celebrations. They have been noticed and praised both nationally and internationally.
Ragnarök Gin is small batch distilled in a copper pot still using a base spirit made from Swedish winter barley, harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery in Northern Sweden. The aim was to produce a gin that encapsulates the Swedish wilderness, the inspiration of Ragnarök gin. To achieve this, Ragnarök uses 8 botanicals, the prominent four being juniper berries, fresh lingonberries, caraway seeds and dill leaves. In the background, but no less important, are four further citrus and spice botanicals that serve to produce an elegantly balanced gin.
The distillate is blended with pure mountain spring water to bring it down to 88 proof (44%Alc/Vol.), a strength that holds the botanicals in perfect balance, allowing Ragnarök to be served perfectly on its own and make a fantastic martini, whilst also making sure it stands up for itself in G&Ts and cocktails.
Each bottle of Ragnarök is individually filled, sealed and numbered by hand.
With La Luna Absinthe, Plateau Spirits have made their very own version of an absinthe, of which the botanicals get help from other fresh flavors such as papaya, coconut, coffee beans and angelica – all this is allowed to “pull” for a whole week on fresh lemon balm / heart delight. This absinthe is a real delight for the palate and you immediately forget the high alcohol percentage of 61%
Absinthe has historically been described as a distilled beverage with very high alcohol strength. This anise-inspired spirit comes from flavorings such as flowers, leaves from garden wormwood, anise, fennel and other aromatic herbs. Absinthe natural green color is often described as “The Green Fairy” in historical books.
Järvsö Aquavit Royal is a traditional caraway flavored Aquavit with anise, fennel and sweet Spanish cherry.
In Scandinavia, snaps is a word used for infused sprits, where raw alcohol is infused with a flavor. Aquavit is a snaps which has been flavored with a distillate of dill seed and/or caraway.
Aquavit remains a significant part of Scandinavian culture and is commonly an integral part of special events such as Christmas, birthdays and weddings. Aquavit is great served chilled in a shot glass but it can be also substituted as the base for many gin and whiskey classics to add a new dimension to your favorite cocktails.
Gin Havtorn is a classically spiced smooth London Dry gin from Sweden with notes of fruitiness from the sea buckthorn berries grown locally in Järvsö. The perfect go-to gin for any occasion.
Tranquillité Gin not only got its name from the old tale of Marie ”Tranquillité” Descoteaux, but also the inspiration for the recipe that became this unique and feminine gin.
Marie’s parents died when she was very young and therefore she went to live with her uncle in Paris, where the family owned a small hotel and bar. When she got older she started delivering small packages for her uncle, soon she realised it was gin she was delivering.
She became a well-known figure amongst the art and theatre society and soon became the synonymous with her uncle’s gin.
After her first taste, she helped her uncle refine the gin to a more feminine and sophisticated gin by adding fresh Estragon, Coriander, Blueberry, Licorice, Nutmeg & Lavender to the recipe…
…so this is the gin she will be remembered for!
Black Chai Bergamot is based on Tevsjö’s own oat Vodka, made solely using oats produced by farmers from the Swedish province of Hälsingland. Tevsjö have carefully redistilled the vodka using their own secret tea blends, both with tea directly in the vodka and using a herb infuser for steam distillation. This brings out the aromatic substances in the tea, while at the same time preserving its freshness without too much bitterness. The vodka is then carefully redistilled, in this case using proper tea. All the water comes from Tevsjö’s own natural spring, situated approximately 1 km from the distillery. The grain is always local. Black Chai Bergamot is bottled and labeled with love at the distillery.
Black Chai Bergamot is ideal as an aperitif or as part of a cocktail.
Blaxsta Vingård (Coming soon)
Growing grapes with midnight sun and northern light.
Imagine the worlds most mineralized soil combined with 25% more daylight hours than south of Europe during summer, this is the unique environment for our grapes. The environmentally sound and sustainable process include organic grape growing, natural wine process and all powered by an on-site solar cell park. Our wine is produced from our own vineyards, gently handpicked and cold fermented on-site in small batches and with no additives or other enhancers added.
Vidal Ice Wine select harvest 2016
Liquid gold Ice wine is considered to be the most exclusive kind of wine, simply because it require both a warm summer that allow the grapes to fully mature, but also a harsh winter. When temperature drop below minus -7°C, then the grape harvest can begin. The frozen semidried grapes are pressed and the sugar rich and flavorful golden nectar is cold-fermented approximately for 6-months. The typical aroma of dried apricot, honey, vanilla, almond flower and sweet plums makes this all natural-wine unique and complex. Since the first vintage 2001, Blaxsta have received several gold medals at the International Wine World Challenge four times. The latest Grand Gold was 2019 for our Vidal ice wine select harvest 2016 and was awarded an impressive 99.3p (Parker).
Out of only 400 bottles ever made and each bottle individually numbered, this is a collectable item surely to impress even the most selective wine connoisseur.
Apple Ice Wine Åkerö 2013
Blaxsta harvest the aromatic Åkerö apples in winter when temperature drops to minus 10 degrees °C. The apples are pressed and the ultra sweet syrup is gently fermented in low temperature for 7 or 8 months. The wine develop a typical aroma of dried fruit, apple pie, pungent apple cellar and dried figs. A most wonderful wine that pairs excellent with cheese, fruit desserts, or cold desserts.
Grand Cuvée estate 2019
This vintage grand cuvée is a prestigious ‘one of a kind’ wine, containing four different vintages. This Cuvée is a blend of Merlot 2015 and 2016 as well as Merlot and Cabernet franc 2018 and 2019. The older vintages was aged in new barriques for 18 months, while the younger was matured in stainless steeltank. This wine has a combined structure of both maturity and crispy freshness, all in the same bottle. A truly magnificent wine with meat or cheeses.
Blaxsta Chardonnay barrique is a smooth and crisp Chardonnay with an elegant touch of oak. The grapes are picked just after a light frost, releasing a unique set of aromas and fruit. The cold fermentation takes over six months and gives the wine a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and complexity
Framboise Reserve 2013
A sweet wine made from 100% wild raspberries. The wine is a full bodied dessert wine specially suitable to all kinds of chocolate desserts
Mulled Apple Spice
A classic beverage made from selected organic apples, harvested during winter. The concentrated aroma from the ripe apples, aged in barriques for 8 months together with exotic spices, develops a pure and smooth taste of butterscotch, dried fruits and honey.
This mulled wine can be served warm 60°C as an aperitif or cold as an apple vermouth and is usually enjoyed with family or friends during the winter holidays.