Swedish Small-Batch Gin Ógin Benefits from a Culinary Touch

Chef Jón Óskar Árnason sources hand-picked botanicals, sometimes from his own garden, for this inspired spirit

For chef Jón Óskar Árnason, inspiration for Ógin—a liquid seasoned with raw ingredients sourced from Sweden’s forests, that tempers juniper’s zing with the sweetness of rare arctic raspberries—struck while he was visiting distilleries in Scotland a few years ago. He was taken by how some distillers use raw (not dry) ingredients for their batches. “The way I look at raw materials and botanicals, I know …

Útilykt Fragrance

Fischersund is the Icelandic scent brand created by Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi and his siblings. Their scents are inspired by and made from local botanicals so it was only fitting that Icelandic apparel brand 66°North partnered with them to capture the aroma of coming indoors after being outside in the cold. Útilykt conjurs cold wind through pine trees, snowy sea air and the crispness of …

Wasabi Gift Box

The green paste presented alongside raw fish at many Japanese restaurants is actually oftentimes horseradish with food coloring. Real wasabi has a more refined, distinctive flavor and is a difficult plant to grow. Historically it comes exclusively from Japan, but now Jurt Hydroponics in Reykjavík has figured out how to grow wasabi sustainably in Icelandic greenhouses—and it’s delicious. Nordic Wasabi, as they call it, is …