Danish 'Aalborg Jubilaeums Akvavit' in SoCal?
- Johnny Pastrami Dec 10, 2010 11:28 AM
Here you go:
Total Wine and More: Tustin
Manhattan Fine Wines: Manhattan Beach
Robert Burns Wines: Beverly Hills
Le Petit Vendome Wine & Spirits: Pasadena
Manhattan Fine Wines
1157 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
7/11/12 Just received the following:
Thanks for your interest in our product.
We are working hard for the moment for getting Aalborg Jubilæums Akvavit and Gammel Dansk Bitter Dram back to the US market.
We have today more or less everything ready and only need to have approval of the labels from TTB.
Our Distributor or Agent would be the same as we have today for Kijafa. (MHW Ltd).
We will probably ship the first container in end September.
I will save your letter and this email and then come back to you when we have shipped the first order to USA.
In the meantime please visit the following WEB site:
Michael Øst Jensen
Pernod Ricard Denmark A/S
"...and The Beer Store only ships within Australia."
I think that may not be the case since they have this on their website FAQ:
"Although an order can’t be placed online for overseas deliveries, orders can be placed by fax, phone or email. For more information regarding your specific requirements, please use our contact form."
Bad example (at least to me). I drove from London and ended up on the Isle of Skye in 1980. Went into a bakery to pick up a couple of things and the owners kept giving us (3 Australian's I met at my B&B near Victoria Station in London) free things, insisting we just needed to try them.
It was so embarrassing after a while that we finally said we needed to get back on the road. As we walked across the parking lot back to our car he came running after us, calling out "Here's one more thing you just have to have!"
I can never again think of the Scottish being overly "thrifty" after that encounter.
Greetings and Happy New Year from New York City.
For what its worth, I've been trying to buy Jubilaeums here for many months with no success. My local liquor store made inquiries and was told "not available." I've also inquired of some of the "better" wine and spirit stores here in Manhattan, but no one seems to have any, nor any information as to when it can be expected.
I've written to Pernod in Denmark, but they've never bothered to respond. I see someone did get a reply earlier in the year, but I gather they've not succeeded in renewing whatever import agreements etc are required.
Must be a lack of demand. Can't be the price: here in NYC, it only cost about $23/bottle.
Too bad. I've enjoyed this product for decades. I've never found another aquavit (by any distiller) which even approximates the taste.
I've tried on line but it looks like it can only be ordered from the UK or Australia, and the shipping (plus American import limitations), make it an unsuitable choice.
Hope someone gets better news one of these days.
I wrote to several email addresses in Europe, and received the following reply today (02-13-2013), from Arcus (arcus.no) in Norway, which presumably makes and/or exports Jubilaeums, and can speak with authority about the availability in the US. I'm guessing the Aalborg brand has changed hands and they're deciding where the profits are (but this is just a guess)::
"The future sales of these brands in the US is not decided yet. We will have to assess the market potential first and get a potential distributor interested, which cannot be handled overnight… So we kindly invite you to contact us again in 3 months when we have a better understanding of our US sales capability"
--- Mariel Olson, Argos Sales
ps: The importer used to be Absolut Spirits Co, here in NYC. I cannot find a website for them, but I doubt they have a reserve and in any case, they are not direct sellers.
I am posting this same message on several threads about local availability regionally for Jubilaeums.
Rob in NYC
These are the times that try mens' souls.
Penrod Ricard posted the following on:
"All contact regarding local Danish marks Aalborg, Brøndums and Old Danish should be directed to the new owner as of January 4, 2013
The Danish Spirits Company A / S)
Århusgade 88, 5 floor
Tel. +45 35 26 22 22
Fax +45 35 26 22 21
In Oct 2012, Mr. Jensen at P-R wrote and told me that the first container of Jubilæums Akvavit had arrived in the US and was awaiting state approvals for distribution. I have not heard from him sense and a Feb 2013 email said he no longer works for P-R. I wrote to the 'info' email and to a Mr. Alsing (email@example.com) about the current status of this shipment but have not heard back from him.
Please write to Mr. Alsing and the 'info' address asking for Jubilæums Akvavit. Let them know there is a market here for their products.
My sleuthing revealed much of what Roy wrote above (below?): The Aalborg brand was recently sold by Pernod Ricard to Arcus. Presumably then Jubilaeums would be distributed by Kobrand spirits. (see here: http://www.arcusbeverage.com/eng/USA/ ).
To prod Arcus to do the right thing, perhaps those following this thread should contact Arcus via Jo Ann Craner (see above link for email).
re: Gypsy Jan
Thanks for the tip. They do indeed ship to the US. The cost with shipping for three bottles (to NYC) is about US$180. The site specifically says they guarantee getting the shipment through US Customs.
I presume they do this by somehow pre-paying duty and IR charges on two bottles, since I presume there is the same duty-free limitation on shipped spirits as there is for carrying it into the US (one liter per person).
This is a guess on my part, as perhaps there are different rules allowing greater amounts to be imported via intenet-type sales.
I do know that if you get something stuck in customs at the entry point into the US, its a huge hassle to get it out.
But the site does make this "hassle-free guarantee" at check-out, so if a buyer is willing to pay about $60 per 750ml, he or she could be sipping it within a few weeks here in the USA..
ps: I looked for Canadian sellers who might ship Jubilaeums to the US. The liitations on import would be the same, but shipping could be a lot less. Unfortunately, I couldnt find any seller via googling.
Rob in NYC
Hi Folks, First off thank you to the people who posted their experiences searching for Aalborg and Gammel Dansk. I have an update on the spirits' anticipated presence in the USA. Here is the email message I received on October 16, 2013:
First of all sorry for the late reply and thank you for your e-mail and your interest in our products.
The Gammel Dansk and Aalborg brands was sold off by Pernod Ricard back in January 2013 and as a result, they also stopped distribution worldwide. Norwegian company Arcus acquired the brands and they are now in the process of getting distribution partners in many different countries – including the US and Canada.
The partner in your region is a company called Kobrand and our best guess is, that they will resume distribution in early 2014 – depending on some approvals that is needed in order to import spirits into the US.
We hope this clarifies the situation and that you will soon be able to help you customers find our products on shelf near you.
Med venlig hilsen/Best regards
Laila Bodholdt Tarne
Customer Service Manager
I have had the same problem in the Bay Area. i have made numerous calls and gathered the impression this product is no longer imported by standard liquor importers. However, I haven't given up, even if I have to import it myself (if allowed).
If you have found a supplier US-wide, would you let me know its address? Thanks a lot.