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Finlandia Cranberry is a flavoured version of Finlandia Premium Vodka. It offers an interesting alternative for when you are fed up drinking the normal combinations of plain vodka and coke, vodka and lemonade etc and would make a fabulous base for making cocktails as it would cut down on the ingredients. From the first moment I tried this I have been slightly addicted. I mix it with diet lemonade which ensures that I get the full impact of the cranberry flavour. I have tried many fruity drinks in the past where the flavour is so subtle that I couldn't even taste it, however this is not the case with this product. There is a definite smell of cranberry as you lift the glass to your nose and a lovely strong fruity flavour which makes it sweet. It is a lovely refreshing drink for having on a summers day and based on my experience with this flavour, I will be looking out for an trying other Finlandia flavours in the future. Just a note, this is slightly more expensive than just buying normal vodka, tending to come in at about £22 for a 1 litre bottle in my local supermarket, however I have yet to find anything which compares on the flavour front and so to me, this is money well spent.
Flavoured vodkas aren't hard to come across at the moment, but some of the riffs on the basic version are very much a case of fixing it when it ain't broken, turning a decent vodka into an unpleasantly flavoured mess. This, happily, isn't one of those mistakes. Like Smirnoff and Absolut (and doubtless a number of other varieties), Finlandia, the celebrated Finnish vodka, now comes in a variety of flavours. Generally speaking, it's a good brand, boasting classic design and a clean, crisp taste. This version continues that theme - the bottle speaks of the understated, high-quality values of Finlandia, and the contents are equally capable of living up to the promise. The sharp taste of the cranberry works well here - some flavours are too sweet to combine effectively with vodka, in my opinion, but the likes of lime, raspberry and cranberry hints - where well done - make for a really nice, refreshing twist on the normal drink. The flavour isn't too strong or dominant here; rather the regular vodka is the key component, with just a background hint of cranberry to provide a twist. If you prefer to take your vodka neat, rather than with a mixer, this is a good choice - it's a bit different, and goes nicely over ice.
I first discovered Finlandia Cranberry Vodka on a city break to Helsinki a few years ago. We liked it so much that we bought a couple of bottles in the duty free on the way back home, and we've continued to buy it ever since. As the name would suggest Finlandia is a Finnish vodka, they do a regular unflavoured vodka, and several flavoured versions. Cranberry was the first of the flavoured vodkas and was launched back in 1994. The other flavours available are lime, mango, red berry, wild berries, grapefruit, tangerine and blackcurrant. Finlandia vodka is 40% proof. The bottle design is called 'glacial ice', and the design is meant to evoke melting ice. I have to admit that I do not like unflavoured vodka, even with a mixer. I can however drink unflavoured vodka in a cocktail with other spirits and mixers. I do really like flavoured vodkas though. Finlandia cranberry vodka has the delicious aroma and flavour of fresh ripe cranberries. It is quite an intense cranberry aroma hit. The vodka has quite a smooth sweet cranberry taste. This is perfect to drink either straight, on the rocks or with a mixer of your choice, I think that it's especially nice with soda water or tonic water as neither of these mask the cranberry taste, they just seem to emphasise it. It's also nice with cranberry juice, I know that this seems a bit odd, cranberry vodka and cranberry juice, but honestly it is delicious, it has a really intense cranberry kick this way. It's also perfect for adding a new twist and an interesting flavour to vodka based cocktails. A lot of flavoured vodkas can taste a bit synthetic and not really like the flavour they are supposed to depict, this has a really authentic cranberry taste. Because of this I would say that if you don't like cranberries you won't like this. We generally have a bottle of this in around Christmas time, as cranberries are typically associated with Christmas. If we go to Christmas parties where you take a bottle, we generally take a bottle of this, it's just a little bit different.
Finnish, cranberry flavored vodka - widely available in the UK. Today the Finlandia vodka brand is wholly owned by Brown-Forman Corporation, an American company. The contract between Altia and Brown-Forman determines that Altia remains the sole producer of Finlandia until at least 2017, and Altia produces the alcohol at the Koskenkorva distillery.