DEFINING FLAVORS: Star anise & caraway
Aquavit is sometimes described as a "gin replacement" and is traditionally made in Scandinavian countries. It's a neutral grain spirit that is then flavored with various herbs and spices, usually anise, caraway, dill and coriander.
Krogstad Aquavit is made locally in Portland, OR by House Spirits and is exceptionally anise-favored. Personally, I think it's delicious and really fun to play with in cocktails. However, some friends have said that it reminds them of black licorice...