Vodka "Finland", which we will test in this article, refers to the distillates of "Premium-class". But on the shelves of bakeries, she does not in vain occupy the most honorable place. Yes, many reviews claim that the highest price segment to which vodka belongs is quite justified. And this can be understood by learning how this alcohol is made and from which unique raw materials. In this article we will pay attention to the manufacturer. We will tell you what kinds of vodka "Finland" exist. And also tell you how to serve it - in pure form or in the composition of alcoholic cocktails. Like all expensive goods, the "Finjandia" vodka is often counterfeited. We will explain how to guard against falsification. The article describes the taste characteristics of this alcoholic beverage, and reviews customer reviews.
History of the plant
The beginning of the manufacture of this popular distillate, now called vodka "Finland", dates back to 1888. Then, departed from medical practice, Dr. Wilhelm Yuslin decided to take up the production of alcoholic beverages. He was attracted to the area near the small village of Rajamäki, in the south of Finland. As a doctor, Yuslin understood how important the purity of water is in drinks. And the source in Rajamäki was not easy. Water came from a perennial glacier. It was formed many thousands of years ago. Therefore, water for vodka "Finland" has a unique chemical composition. It does not even need to be cleaned and is suitable for drinking. Crystal clear water causes softness of alcohols. Perhaps that's why when the dry law was introduced in Finland in 1919, the distillery was not closed. It was bought by the state for the production of alcohol and ethanol for medical and technical purposes.
Vodka "Finland": manufacturer
In one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two, after the repeal of the dry law, the state left the plant behind it. For a long time, it produced drinks that were not exported abroad. But in 1970, the company "Alco" acquired part of the shares of a state-owned enterprise and began to produce vodka under the brand name "Finland". A year later the drink received a certificate for sales in the US. It was the first imported vodka in the States, classified as premium alcohol. In the seventy-fifth year the plant in Rajamaki was rebuilt according to new technological standards. The distillation phase began to take place in another place - in the town of Kostenkorve. For the eighties of the last century, Finland became the best-selling vodka in the world. And after the release of the film "Die, But Not Now," in which James Bond pours a drink from a bottle with a recognizable logo, this kind of alcohol became popular even among those who do not like distillates.
We have already mentioned that vodka "Finland" owes its exceptional softness and suppleness to the unique melted water from the spring in Rajamäki. But this is only half the secret of success. The second valuable component of vodka "Finland" is a special kind of Finnish barley. In the conditions of the day, the sun does not hide behind the horizon for more than seventy days. During this time, barley accumulates in its grains a special energy, which is then transferred to the drink. But the unique raw material is not everything. Primary alcohols are transported to the west of Finland, to the town of Koskenkorva. There they pass two hundred stages of continuous distillation. As a result, a drink is produced, completely free of fusel oils and alcohols, as well as harmful methanol. The cleaning process lasts more than fifty hours. The spirit thus obtained is ninety-six and a half degrees deep and carried to Rajamaki. There, it is bred until a composition of forty percent melted water is filtered through moraines and sand left over from the ice age.
The logo of the company that produces vodka "Finland", several times changed. Earlier on the label were depicted wrestling deer. But now they were replaced by a three of these animals, running in harness against the backdrop of the rising sun. How does the bottle look like Finland? The photo shows that it is a bit like a lump of melted ice. This design not only protects the drink from falsification, but also associates the consumer with the frosty freshness of Finland. It should be said that the bottle for the elite drink underwent a change. Leading designers of the world worked on it. But the result has always turned out to be the same - a reference to the icicle from the polar latitudes. The modern design of the bottle is called "Melting Ice".
Vodka "Finland": species
The assortment of this elite alcohol is not too wide, but still there is plenty to choose from. First, the volume. The market presents a variety of containers - from tiny souvenir bottles of fifty milliliters to 3 liters. There are also gift sets. For example, bottles in special tubes, with supports, glasses or four different types of vodka "Finland" in one box. The company has repeatedly used such a marketing move, as the release of limited series. One can cite the example of Finland Platinum (additional softness due to birch shavings), White Limited Editions (in an opaque white bottle) or Finlandia-101 (a fortress of fifty and a half degrees). Along with classical vodka, the company also produces flavored species.
Tinctures on distillate
The firm has enough popularity in the world to diversify its range. The manufacturer offers its fans to try and evaluate the types of vodka (it's more correct to call them tinctures) with different fruit flavors. At the moment there are cranberry, grapefruit, mango, lime, tangerine, blackcurrant, coconut and raspberry "Finland". There is also a tincture on northern berries (Nordic Berries), with the taste of cloudberries, blueberries and cowberries. By the way, vodka "Finland Cranberry" exists in two ways. For a long time it was issued in the form of a liquid of red color. But sales of this brand have declined, due to the fact that many men found such ladies' vodka "not serious". Then, in a certain batch of vodka "Finland Cranberry" instead of a color stabilizer began to add a substance that makes the tincture absolutely transparent. But there is also Finlandia Redberry red. This vodka contains cranberries (it dominates in the bouquet).
Characteristics of the drink
This is an ideally transparent color distillate. There are no fusel impurities in the fragrance. The bouquet is very thin, with barely perceptible tones of fresh bread crumb. Classical vodka "Finland" has an amazingly mild taste. No extraneous impurities, except the notes of ripe barley and some elusive shade of fruit. If we test the tinctures, it should be noted that the fruit or berry flavor is very intelligent, delicate, soft, but also characteristic. This is by no means a ladies' liqueur or a weak liqueur, but a 100-percent forty-degree vodka "Finland". The reviews mark the huge product pitches. "Finland" does not even want to eat. It does not cut in the throat. The reviews also note the effect of vodka. After "Finland" does not come a heavy hangover, does not hurt the head in the morning, does not reduce the stomach.
How to serve. Gastronomic combinations
Vodka "Finland" is very suitable for Russian cuisine - pancakes with red caviar, pickled mushrooms, pickled cucumbers. A good drink and with hot dishes - mostly meat. You can offer vodka to the guests for an aperitif. Serve it chilled. Vodka "Finland" with different berry and fruit flavors can be eaten both independently and injected into cocktails as well as alcoholic long-drink. In this case, it is perfectly combined with juices (especially citrus) and tonic. Perfectly shades the taste of distillate piece of lime.
How to distinguish the original from forgery
The high price (a liter of vodka "Finland" costs one thousand four hundred and fifty rubles) helps to ensure that dishonest producers of fagot give out their goods for the world famous brand. But the firm has protected the product with the intricate bottle which is difficult for forging. The bottle of "Finland" is very original, resembling a slightly melted block of ice. It has a circular cross-section and a corrugated structure. The silvery lid is made of plastic. In the neck of the bottle is inserted a dispenser - a ten-millimeter ball of glass and a safety cap. The label for Finnlinia vodka is translucent, made of film. Patterns and inscriptions on it are made with varnish of brilliant coloring. The outline of the drawings is clear. The counter label on the back of the bottle is opaque.