In the fall of 2019, a Swedish brand, Gnista, launched a first-of-its-kind, non-alcoholic spirit. Gnista makes its creations using a unique combination of gastronomy, state-of-the-art technology, and classic spirit-making techniques. Gnista’s first product, “Floral Wormwood,” was a success, gaining distribution across Scandinavia.
Gnista’s follow-up project, “Barreled Oak,” was recently launched via a successful Kickstarter Campaign, bringing the world its first non-alcoholic spirit truly resembling a fine smokey spirit.
Gnista used birch and coffee wood for smoking, creating a full-bodied, dry spirit with tones of warm spices, barrel, and chocolate rye.
This rich beverage brings a unique and robust aroma with hints of cinnamon and ginger. The scent is almost reminiscent of star anise, although Barreled Oak contains none. This non-alcoholic spirit packs a flavorful punch, with a strong bitter taste and distinct texture coming through with the first sip. Although the drink comes on strong, it brings a light and fresh aftertaste. The flavors are well-balanced with a playful combination of sweet and bitter notes. The strong pepper and cinnamon notes create a delightfully unique, and memorable drinking experience.
Although the intense flavors won’t fit all tastes, we found it to be an invigoration addition to the bar. We loved adding Gnista Barreled Oak to ginger beer with a slice of lemon for a zesty cocktail. For a refreshing, non-alcoholic option, Barreled Oak with tonic and lemon provides a one-of-a-kind N/A cocktail experience.
Summary: While a spirit-like non-spirit is not everyone’s preference, Gnista Barreled Oak provides the perfect addition of a new cocktail-like non-alcoholic option for those who abstain from alcohol or those who are ready to experiment with a new, flavorful drinking experience.