Release of new gin made with foraged Norwegian botanicals


Vidda Torr gin

A new gin has been unveiled that is made from natural botanicals foraged from the Norwegian wilderness.

Vidda Tørr Gin – from “vidda” meaning “mountain plateau” and “tørr” meaning “dry” – is an interpretation of a traditional British dry gin, made with herbs and spices that accentuate the flavours found on the mountain plains.

At 43% ABV, it is a floral-forward gin with meadowsweet and heather flower balanced by intense juniper notes. Its other botanicals are yarrow, camomile flower, bilberry, angelica root, sorrel, calamus root, elderflower and pine shoots.

It is recommended for drinking as a double measure over plenty of ice, topped up with a good-quality tonic water and garnished with a fresh wedge of pink grapefruit.

Head distiller Dave Gardonio said: “Nature is our inspiration. The conditions of the seasons in Norway means we experience short, intense growing periods that greatly impact the flavour of the wild herbs and spices that grow around us. We use these naturalised botanicals to create the distinct aroma and taste of Vidda.”

It is the latest release from new spirits producer Oslo Håndverksdestilleri (OHD) which is reviving Norway’s local and independent distilling traditions that were lost when the State Wine Monopoly acquired Norway’s last operational distillery in 1927.

The gin is currently being made at Ægir brewery in Flåm in western Norway, where Dave was formerly head brewer, ahead of the opening of OHD’s new distillery in the Bryn area of Oslo.

Marius Vestnes, co-founder and partner in OHD, added: “The idea for Vidda came from a trip to my cabin, which is illustrated on the bottle: it is where my family and I go to enjoy the pure air, the peace and quiet – our little piece of heaven, if you like. For me, our gin succeeds in capturing the essence of the mountainscapes and what it means to be Norwegian.”

According to leading gin specialist, Emma Stokes, aka Gin Monkey: “The Nordic botanicals sit perfectly alongside an excellent juniper backbone. Close your eyes as you drink and you could be standing in the middle of a pine forest with wild flowers at your feet. I enjoy it more every time I taste it.”

According to OHD’s tasting notes, Vidda offers a floral character and intense juniper on the nose with aromas redolent of pine forests. On the palate, it is earthy, sweet, peppery and herbal, leading to a clean, herbaceous finish with a slight floral and honey sweetness.

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