Bivrost Whisky

Read about the northernmost Whisky in the world.

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What is the Arctic?

The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover and the Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places. The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth’s ecosystems. The botanicals, animals and indigenous peoples of the Arctic have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions.

The Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is the most northerly of the abstract five major circles of latitude as shown on maps of the Earth. It marks the northernmost point at which the noon sun is just visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the Midnight Sun is just visible on the northern summer solstice. The region north of this circle is known as the Arctic.

Storage

We store our casks in NATO bunkers, 8 metres from the Arctic sea. The whole area around the distillery was an old coastal fort, built by the occupying German forces during the Second World War. The temperature and the humidity in our storage facilities are excellent. We get decent temperature variation throughout the year.

Casks

Maturing Whisky in casks is a science of its own. Owing to the Arctic temperature, we use relatively small casks for faster maturation. We store our Whisky in a lot of different cask types (Sherry, Bourbon, Sauterne, Madeira, Viring oak and more). As we are producing the Norwegian aquavit, we also have the option of using Aquavit casks for maturation.

WORLDS NORTHERNMOST WHISKY

Bivrost® Whisky is handcrafted under the glow of the Northern Lights, at the foot of the majestic Lyngen Alps. Melting water from glaciers is purified and combined with local wash from Mack brewery to ensure a unique product of Arctic Norway.

THE NINE WORLDS OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY

Until Aurora Spirit scale up Whisky sales with our “standard” Bivrost Whisky (Estimated release 2025) we will be releasing 2 limited editions each year as a “collectable series”, related to “the nine worlds of Norse mythology”. The bottles/graphics can stand alone, but also compose a nice shelf rack for collectors. The different releases will have different taste impressions.

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More details on production of Arctic Whisky:

“Bivrost Niflheim” – production, 2017

The first commercial batches of Whisky was laid on casks, early 2017. It will be released in spring 2020 as a limited release under the name “Bivrost Niflheim”.

Niflheim – Cask storage

The casks that holds the first Bivrost Whisky were filled and stored between 13. jan 2017 and 17. march 2017.

Niflheim – taste sessions and action

Tasting sessions During the initial years, we did several tasting sessions, which included competent people like Neil Cameron, Blair Bowman, Colin Houston and our head of R&D; Benedict Skelton. During these tasting sessions, decisions were made on how to move...

The Wash

Mack brewery delivers our wash, made by our specification. Mack are close to us and have some of the best competence and experience in Norway for making beer (which also relates to Whisky). Their production plant is situated 70 km south of us, in the village of Nordkjosbotn.

the Still

Our still (“GERD”) was delivered from “Kothe Destillationstechnik” in Germany. Based on the unique competence of the renowned engineer Leif Nerhammar, Aurora Spirit has developed a still designed for making several types of alcohol. With our combination of pot and column stills, we can make vodka, gin, aquavit and whisky.

the Maturation

Believe it or not, but the Arctic climate has its clear advantages. The temperature variations between summer and winter, and between day and night, are dramatic.

Read about the exciting “Arctic Barley” project:

Project: Arctic Barley

Aurora Spirit Distillery launched in spring 2019 a project where we are growing, fermenting, distilling and cask storing local barley. This will in turn be the northernmost Whisky in the world.

Summer 2019 – Growing

The local crows really liked the local barley one of the fields they ate everything.

Test batch – August 2019

We did a test – production with the arctic barley. Fermenting, distilling and cask storage.

Second test batch – January 2020

Second test batch, January 2020 Second batch of Arctic barley was fermented at Mack microbrewery in Tromsø. This batch was made from 320 kg of Barley from Alta (210 km north of the distillery). The wash produced from 100% Arctic unmalten barley (Heder, 6 Row). We did...

Harvesting the 2020 barley

Growing and harvesting, the summer season of 2020 Despite a very hard winter (snow would not leave the ground until june), the "Heder" barley was put in the ground on 3 different locations in Arctic Norway: We experienced different growing patterns in the different...