The New York Times Reviews Tamworth Distilling’s Skiklubben

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For the Slopes, a Ski-Themed Aquavit

Skiklubben, from Tamworth Distilling, celebrates the nation’s oldest ski club, Nansen, in Berlin, N.H.

CreditPatricia Wall/The New York Times
Image Credit Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Back in 1872, a group of Norwegian immigrants formed the Nansen Ski Club in Berlin, N.H., at Mount Washington. It is still in operation. In 2015 Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile in nearby Tamworth — owned by Steven Grasse, who created the brand Hendrick’s Gin — produced an aquavit for the club as a fund-raiser to help restore its ski jump. Now the distillery has refined the recipe for Skiklubben, the aquavit, and has made it more widely available. Its blend of spirits, including bourbon, delivers scents of spice and citrus. The requisite caraway is in the mix, but it does not dominate the drink’s honeyed richness as it does in many other aquavits.

Skiklubben Aquavit, $49.99,

Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.