Vodka "Finland", which we will test in this article, refers to the distillates "Premium Class". But it is not in vain that it occupies the most honorable place on the shelves of the alcohol shops. Yes, many reviews claim that the highest price segment to which vodka belongs is fully justified. And this can be understood by finding out 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 types of vodka "Finland" exist. And also we will show you how to serve it - in pure form or as part of alcoholic cocktails. Like all expensive products, Findendia vodka is often forged. We will explain how to protect yourself from fraud. The article describes the taste characteristics of this alcoholic beverage, as well as an analysis of consumer feedback.
The beginning of the manufacture of this popular distillate, which is now called vodka "Finland", dates back to 1888. Then Dr. Wilhelm Yuslin, who retired from medical practice, decided to start producing alcoholic beverages. He was attracted by the area near the small village of Rajamäki, in southern Finland. As a doctor, Yuslin understood how important clean water is in beverages. And the source in Rajamaki was not an easy one. Water came from a perennial glacier. It was formed many thousands of years ago. Therefore, the water for vodka "Finland" has a unique chemical composition. She does not even need cleansing and is suitable for drinking. Crystal clear water causes the softness of alcohols. Probably, therefore, when in 1909, a dry law was introduced in Finland, the distillery was not closed. She bought the state for the production of alcohol and ethanol for medical and technical purposes.
Vodka "Finland": manufacturer
In 1935, after the abolition of Prohibition, the state left the factory behind. For a long time it produced drinks that were not exported abroad. But in 1970, the company Alko acquired a part of the shares of the state-owned enterprise and began to produce vodka under the Finland brand. A year later, the drink received a certificate for sales in the United States. It was the first imported vodka in the States, classified as premium class alcohol. In the seventy-fifth year, the plant in Rayamaki was rebuilt according to new technological standards. Phase distillation drink 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 movie “Die, but not now,” in which James Bond pours a drink from a bottle with a recognizable logo, this type of alcohol has become popular even among those who do not like distillates.
We have already mentioned that vodka “Finland” owes its exceptional softness and smoothness to the unique melt water from the source in Rajamaki. But this is only half the secret of success. The second valuable component of vodka "Finland" is a special type of Finnish barley. In conditions of a decent day, the sun does not hide beyond the horizon for more than seventy days. During this time, barley accumulates special energy in its grains, which is then transferred to the drink. But the unique raw material is not all. Primary spirits are transported to the west of Finland, to the town of Koskenkorva. There they go through two hundred stages of continuous distillation. As a result, a drink is born that is completely free of fusel oils and alcohols, as well as harmful methanol. The cleaning process lasts more than fifty hours. The alcohol thus obtained with a fortress of ninety-six and a half degrees is taken to Rajamaki. There he is bred to obtain a composition of forty percent with melt water, which is filtered through moraines and sand left over from the ice age.
The logo of the company producing vodka “Finland” has changed several times. Earlier on the label were depicted fighting deer. But now they have been replaced by a troika of these animals, running in harness against the backdrop of the rising sun. What does a bottle look like that recognizes Finland vodka? The photo shows that it is a bit like a block of melted ice. Such a design not only saves the drink from counterfeit, but is also associated by the consumer with the frosty freshness of Finland. It should be said that the bottle for an elite drink has undergone changes. Leading designers of the world worked on it. But the result was always the same - referring to an icicle from the polar latitudes. The modern design of the bottle is called “Melting Ice”.
Vodka "Finland": types
The range of this elite alcohol is not too wide, but still there are plenty to choose from. First, the volume. Various containers are on the market - from tiny souvenir bottles of fifty milliliters to 3 liters. There are also gift sets. For example, bottles in special tubes with coasters, glasses or four different types of vodka “Finland” in one box. The company has repeatedly used such a marketing ploy, as the release of limited editions. Examples include Finland Platinum (extra softness due to filtration through birch wood chips), White Limited Edition (in an opaque white bottle) or Finlandia-101 (fifty and a half degrees). Along with the classic vodka, the company produces and flavored species.
The company has enough popularity in the world to diversify its range. The manufacturer offers its fans to try and evaluate the types of vodka (more correctly 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 of northern berries (Nordic Berries), with the taste of cloudberries, blueberries and lingonberries. By the way, vodka "Finland Cranberry" exists in two guises. For a long time, it was produced as a red liquid. But sales of this brand have decreased, due to the fact that many men considered such vodka to be ladies, "not serious". Then, in a certain batch of Finland Cranberry vodka, instead of a color stabilizer, they began to add a substance that makes the tincture completely transparent. But there is also Finlandia Redberry in red. As part of this vodka there is cranberry (it dominates the bouquet).
This distillate is perfectly transparent in color. The aroma has no fusel impurities. The bouquet is very delicate, with barely perceptible tones of fresh breadcrumbs. The classic vodka “Finland” has an amazingly mild flavor. No extraneous matter, except for 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, subtle, soft, but at the same time characteristic. This is by no means ladies' liqueur or weak liqueur, but 100 percent Finland vodka. Reviews note the enormous drinkability of the product. "Finland" does not even want to eat. She does not fight in the throat. Reviews note the effect of vodka. After “Finland” a heavy hangover does not occur, the head does not hurt in the morning, it does not reduce the stomach.
How to serve. Gastronomy
Vodka “Finland” is very suitable for Russian dishes - pancakes with red caviar, pickled mushrooms, pickles. Good drink and with hot dishes - mostly meat. You can offer vodka to guests for an aperitif. Serve it chilled. Vodka “Finland” with different berry and fruit flavors can be tasted both independently and introduced into the composition of cocktails, as well as alcoholic long drinks. In this case, it goes well with juices (especially citrus) and tonic. Perfectly emphasizes the taste of distillate slice of lime.
How to distinguish the original from a fake
The high price (a liter of vodka “Finland” costs one thousand four hundred and fifty rubles) contributes to the fact that the dishonest producers of murmur have issued their goods for the world-famous brand. But the company protected its product with an intricate bottle that is difficult to fake. The bottle of “Finland” is very original, resembling a slightly melted block of ice. It has a round cross section and a grooved structure. The silver cap is made of plastic. A dispenser is inserted in the neck of the bottle - a ten-millimeter glass ball and a safety cap. The label at the Finlindia vodka is translucent, made of film. Patterns and inscriptions on it are made of lacquer shiny colors. The outline of the drawings is clear. The counter label on the back of the bottle is opaque.