The original botanical recipe of Linie Aquavit has remained unchanged since its creation, more than 200 years ago. Linie is a potato-based spirit, distilled in pot stills with a special blend of Nordic herbs and spices to give it its distinct flavor. The young spirit is placed in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks to develop further. Although sailing ships are now a thing of the past, Linie still crosses the equator twice. Every month fresh batches of matured oak barrels depart on a 19-week passage visiting more than thirty-five countries. The equator is crossed twice and it is always a ship from Wilhelmsen that is used for the freight. The aquavit, which has a 60 per cent alcohol content, is stored in oak barrels on deck in containers. During the passage, fluctuations in temperature and humidity influence the maturing process, while the constant motion of the sea swirls the aquavit round in the barrels. More than one thousand barrels of Linie are at any given time maturing as deck cargo on the worlds oceans. Each bottle of Linie aquavit carries a description of its worldwide sailing route via Australia on the rear side of the label, stating the departure and arrival dates. Each drop of Linie harnesses memories of the sea passage. The maturing process is vital and starts with the import of 500-liter oak sherry barrels from Jerez. The result is an extraordinarily smooth and well balanced aquavit with leading notes of caraway and star anise – and finer hints of vanilla and sherry.