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Press Release: Stark Spirits Distillery in Pasadena Receives Gold Medal for Newly Released Aquavit

Stark Spirits Traditional AquavitPASADENA, CA – August 12, 2016 –Southern California spirits manufacturer, Stark Spirits Distillery, has continued a 2016 winning streak with their version of a classic Scandinavian spirit. The distillery received a gold medal this summer from the California Craft Spirits Competition for their new Stark Spirits Traditional Aquavit. 2016 marks the inaugural year of the Craft Spirits Competition, a subset of the larger Central Coast Wine Competition which has been taking place since 2011. Stark Spirits distillers Greg Stark and Karen Robinson-Stark were honored to accept this prize, which comes hot on the heels of bronze medals, silver medals, and a “Best in Category” awarded this spring to their product family from the American Distilling Institute (ADI). Stark Spirits Traditional Aquavit is their latest offering to join the award-winning lineup.

Introduced in April of this year, Stark Spirits Traditional Aquavit has the flavorful characteristics of rye bread and caraway in the Scandinavian tradition. A unique Californian take on the classic Nordic spirit, it showcases high quality caraway and grains of paradise, but leaves out star anise for a more angular taste. Stark Spirits Traditional Aquavit is delicious served in the customary style: Ice cold and neat with any food, especially Danish smorgasbord. Though its signature caraway gives Aquavit a potent, savory bent, this offering from Stark Spirits also mixes well to create spirit-forward cocktails in a more American presentation.
Stark Spirits’ entire product line includes: California Gold Rum, California Silver Rum, California 151 Rum, Sunshine Orange Brandy, California Single Malt Whiskey, Peated Single Malt Whiskey, and Traditional Aquavit. Stark Spirits Skyline Gin is also coming to market in the near future.

About Stark Spirits

Stark Spirits is a true micro-distillery based in Pasadena, California. At less than 1,200 square feet, the facility uses an efficient design to produce small batches of distinctive spirits. It is the first distillery of this size, and the second distillery over all in the greater Los Angeles area. Stark Spirits was founded by husband and wife team Greg Stark and Karen Robinson-Stark, who share a common vision of producing spirits that are robust on the palate and in character. A bottle from Stark Spirits always contains a taste of adventure in the California sun!

More information at: www.StarkSpirits.com

About The California Craft Spirits Competition/Central Coast Wine Competition

The Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC) encompasses wines produced exclusively from the Central Coast regions of California, and is the largest event to focus on these fast-growing wine regions. Since 2011, The CCWC has recognized the incredible quality and diversity of wineries and grape growers, providing trade knowledge, feedback, and friendly competition. The California Craft Spirits Competition was launched in 2016 to help promote Californian craft distillers producing fine artisan spirits, and provide them with expert feedback on the quality of their expressions.
More information at: www.centralcoastwinecomp.com

 

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Traditional Aquavit - Stark Spirits

TRADITIONAL AQUAVIT



Our traditional aquavit has the flavorful characteristics of rye bread and caraway in the Scandinavian tradition. Our distinctive spirit uses high quality Caraway and Grains of Paradise, and no Star Anise. Perfect served frozen, neat with any food, especially danish smorgasbord. Skål!

Handcrafted in small batches as individual as you are!

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Full caraway, not overpowering.
Palate: Cleans the palate of other flavors. Steady arrival, solid caraway, some hint of pepper. Light mouth feel with full-bodied flavor and a touch of heat.
Finish: Medium, leaves you with a lingering memory of caraway.
Balance: Good balance.

Awards:

Gold Medal: Central Coast Craft Spirits Competition

Drink Recipes Featuring Traditional Aquavit:

Caraway gives aquavit a savory bent that tends to be assertive. But, even so, the results of a nicely balanced aquavit cocktail make it worth the effort, best is always a simple cocktail like: Danish Mule, Sunrise Over the Fjord, Boilermaker.

Aquavit cocktails deserve food: Hors d’oeuvres, Pu pu platter, smorgasbord or other fish or meat dishes, even Sushi!

Batch Information:

Batch 1: Released April 11, 2016
Batch 2: Released May 18, 2016