Gammel Dansk: The Bitter Spirit the Danes Love to Knock Back

first_img The Best American Liqueur Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Editors’ Recommendations The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Culturally significant liquors don’t need to be ancient to have weight, just take a look at Denmark’s Gammel Dansk.The spirit, meaning “Old Danish” in English, first saw light of day in 1964 as Danish Distillers’ factory manager and master blender J.K. Asmund experimented.“This factory is in need of a new product if it is hoping to continue,” Asmund said, according to the Gammel Dansk website. “I am a man to make a new product. I have studied herbs and have an idea of ​​how a new drink should be made.” Pretty bold, Asmund, pretty bold.Although the complete recipe is a secret, it’s known that there are 29 herbs, spices and flowers in the recipe, ranging from gooseberries to star anise to orange and cinnamon, which sit in a clear spirit for three months. According to the distillery, a base recipe could date to the 16th century.A few years following the initial development, production of Gammel Dansk began in earnest and quickly become a brand associated with Danes, now selling more than 4 million liters annually. It’s the nation’s second best selling spirit behind aquavit.The liquor is bitter and caught on with the Danish back in the 1960s when they were commonly drinking bitter spirits in the morning. The bottles of Gammel Dansk also note the spirit’s suitability for other activities Danes enjoy, “Enjoyable in the morning, after a day’s work, when hunting or fishing, or as an aperitif,” the bottle reads in Danish. Though we’re not sure if we can get behind a bitter morning shot.The light brown spirit smells of pepper, cinnamon and clove, starting with bitter tannic juniper before transitioning to sweeter fruits and a licorice finish.Most often served room temperature in shot glasses, Gammel Dansk is a quick drink of celebration, whether it’s Christmas, Easter, a wedding or birthday, or a simple successful hunting trip. The 38 perecent ABV spirit can also be mixed with milk for a traditional cocktail.The distiller recently released Old Danish Shot, which adds chili to the classic recipe, adding a warm complement to the original spirit.Production of the Danish Distillers brands of Gammel Dansk and Aalborg Aquavit moved to Norway in 2015, according to The Local dk, an English Danish news site. Aside from where it’s produced, nothing else has changed.“It is a very important brand,” said Lars Kragelund of the Norwegian firm Arcus Gruppen in the story. “And we think it is important to hold tight to the fantastic history created by Aalborg Akvavit.” 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad last_img read more

No consensus on India parliament resolution

“We have recently rejected Pakistan parliament resolution on Afzal Guru. How can we do the same to a friendly neighbour.At the UNHCR, India should do what is in the national interest and interst of Tamils of Lanka,” said SP leader Rewati Raman Singh while emerging from the meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath. The all-party meeting convened by government to explore the possibility of Parliament adopting a resolution against Sri Lanka on Wednesday night saw most parties opposing such a move, leaving no scope for it.Sources said as most of the parties were not in favour, the idea is as good as given up. “We are with Lankan Tamils but there is no need for a resolution by Parliament as Lanka is the only country which stood with us during the 1962 China war. JD(U) Sharad Yadav also echoed similar views at the meeting where he is understood to have questioned the logic of adopting a resolution against a sovereign nation.He is believed to have told the meeting that if India has to provide relief to Sri Lankan Tamils, it should do so without antagonising the host country, sources said.Nath said the meeting was “inconclusive”. He said the meeting had been called to end the impasse in Parliament over the Lankan Tamil issue but “it has not produced any results”. DMK, which withdrew from the government yesterday, had demanded that government should get a resolution passed by Parliament against Sri Lanka.Swaraj said the government had told the Opposition that it wanted to hold the meeting to end the impasse in Parliament over Sri Lanka.“We had never created the impasse. The impasse is between government and DMK and it is for them to sit together and resolve it,” she said. Samajwadi Party, which supports the government from outside, said Sri Lanka is a friendly country and the Parliament should not pass a resolution against it. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj questioned why all parties had been called for the meeting to discuss an issue which strictly is between the government and DMK. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the issue was between the government and DMK to settle.Though the DMK withdrew support to the UPA and its ministers in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet resigned on Wednesday, the government has decided to go ahead with the proposed resolution in Parliament on the Sri Lanka issue.Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla said an all-party meeting has been convened this evening to discuss the resolution. There are differences between parties on the wording of the resolution with DMK and AIADMK demanding that the term “genocide” be include while condemning the atrocities against Tamils of Sri Lanka during the recent civil war.Earlier on the day, the government announced that it will also move amendments to the resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC to send a “resolute message” on that country’s human rights issue.Refusing to be on the back foot despite DMK’s withdrawal, the government on Wednesday asserted that it is “absolutely stable” and “not lame duck” amid BSP’s promise to stand by the UPA even as SP kept it guessing.The government also said India will move amendments to the US-piloted resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC to send a “resolute message” on that country’s human rights and was working to bring a resolution to be adopted by Parliament here, the two demands set by DMK.Stressing that India wanted the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to adopt a “strong” resolution on Sri Lanka, finance minister P Chidambaram said India will move amendments to the draft to send a “resolute message” to that country on alleged human rights violations of Tamils and “goad” it to have an independent inquiry, a key demand of the DMK.Chidambaram also dismissed allegations that India had sought dilution of the strongly-worded resolution by the US, saying it was an absolute “canard”.He had also said DMK’s demand for a resolution to be adopted by Parliament on Sri Lankan Tamils issue was in the process of consultations with other parties.DMK, UPA’s second biggest constituent with 18 Lok Sabha MPs, quit the alliance yesterday.Chidambaram claimed that the DMK was aware of the government’s position on the issue but had changed its position between night of March 18 and morning of March 19.“We are not aware of the reasons why the DMK changed its position between the night of March 18 and the morning of March 19,” Chidambaram said, while noting that DMK supremo M Karunanidhi had said the party would reconsider decision to withdraw support if Parliament adopts a resolution before the end of current sittings on March 22.DMK ally VCK, with one member in Lok Sabha, also quit UPA. With the exit of DMK and VCK, UPA is left with the support of 284 members in the 543-member House.Chidambaram and Kamal Nath rejected any impression that the government has become “weak” after DMK’s pullout.“The government is neither lame, nor duck. It is not lame duck. We are absolutely, absolutely stable. If there is any test, it is on the floor of the House. But no political party has come out to challenge our majority,” Nath, the parliamentary affairs minister, told the press conference.Chidambaram, while acknowledging “challenges” in running a coalition government, said, “it is our duty to steer the ship through the maelstrom and our hands are firmly on the wheel.”Putting up a brave front, Chidambaram said, “Just because one ally pulled out, the government has not become weak… There is no political instability or political uncertainty… Nobody has questioned our stability except for few voices in the media.”Asked whether the government will test its stability by going in for confidence vote, he said, “The question does not arise as we have the majority.”DMK made it clear that it has no intention to bring any no-confidence motion. (Hindustan Times) read more