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We first discovered Finlandia Vodka on a city break to Helsinki quite a few years ago. We were drinking it in various bars and restaurants throughout the trip, we liked it so much that we bought a bottle from 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. Finlandia is made from pure, untouched glacial water which requires no additional filtration, this creates one of the purest vodkas on the market, Finlandia is made using the finest Finnish grown six-row barley which is grown over the long summer nights under the Midnight Sun. It is produced and bottled in Finland.
Finlandia vodka is available in the classic unflavoured 40% alcohol version, and also several different flavoured versions. The flavoured versions of Finlandia vodka are; cranberry, lime, mango, grapefruit, tangerine and blackcurrant. The bottle design (by a Finnish designer - obviously!) of Finlandia vodka is called 'glacial ice', and the design is meant to evoke melting ice.
Finlandia vodka is described as being a balanced, neutral and crisp tasting vodka, ideal for premium vodka cocktails and drinks, and this is a really accurate description I would say. It does have quite a crisp, clean taste and finish, and it doesn't overpower your mixer, or any other spirits that you choose to pair it with. I normally find most vodkas have quite a strong harsh taste and leave a fairly unpleasant aftertaste, however Finlandia vodka doesn't have that strong harsh taste it's much smoother and inoffensive I guess.
I don't normally like unflavoured vodkas, even with a mixer, I normally have to hide the taste of unflavoured vodkas in a cocktail along with other spirits and mixers. I do however really like the unflavoured Finlandia vodka, obviously not neat, but I do like it with just the one mixer as opposed to adding two or three other items and turning it into a cocktail.
This is perfect when served chilled, either on it's own if that's your preference (my husband likes it this way - just served over ice), or when mixed with your favourite mixer or in a cocktail. If I'm not using this in a cocktail then I actually just like it with slimline tonic water, and to say how much I dislike other unflavoured vodkas that's actually high praise indeed for the Finlandia vodka!
Finlandia vodka is available in most of the major supermarkets, and it's normally around £17 for a 70cl bottle. I added a bottle to my online Ocado shop recently though when it was on offer at just £14.
OK, confession time. The following opinion is not actually about Finlandia Cranberry Vodka - although it does sound a most tasty tipple. Due to the recent problems of having new categories added to dooyoo (which I am sure you must be familiar with by now), I am having to take a few liberties here; I am simply not prepared to spend any more time waiting for my suggestion to be processed. My review is actually on Friary Vintners Cherry Velvet vodka, and this is the nearest category I could find - I hope you understand. If you are that desperate to read about cranberry vodka, you will just have to go elsewhere I'm afraid! :-) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------- Hands up anyone who has ever drunk flavoured vodka. Hmmm, quite a few of you then. Perhaps you have stuck to the Absolut Mandarin, or ventured into one of those vodka bars that seem to be springing up in every major city at the moment. Perhaps you have been to Scandinavia or Poland and tried the flavours produced in these countries but which are hard to buy in the UK. Personally, my experience with the flavoured stuff started when some irresponsible individual took it upon themselves to let me loose in Revolution, Newcastle's very own vodka bar. ;-) One of the gorgeous flavours I tried during my first night there was Polish cherry vodka, mixed with coke to produce a "cherry cola for adults" cocktail. Oh, and it was good. For a long time after that I scoured supermarkets, off-licenses and internet retailers for some elusive cherry vodka but failed in my attempt to buy any - noone other than the bars seemed to import it into the UK. Although I do hear you can get Absolute Cherry in Sweden. This was until three weeks ago, however, when I made a chance discovery whilst shopping in the Gateshead Metro Centre. Tucked into the dark recesses of the mall is a rather good little shop called Old Fizzywig
9;s that sells all manner of specialist food and drink. I was looking at the fruit wines and wondering whether raspberry or apricot wine would be nicest, when my eyes passed before a display of products from a small company called Friary Vintners. Now, I had never heard of this company, and I doubt any of you will have either. They are a very small specialist producer of wines and spirits based in Frome, Somerset, and who retail through specialist food shops such as this one. Among their display was a bottle of red liquid labelled as "Cherry Velvet" and described as "a fine smooth blend of vodka, cherry wine and West Country magic". I had finally found cherry vodka and didn't hesitate to buy a bottle - but would it be a match for the Polish drink I had sampled in Revolution? The bottle itself is uninspiring, the label a simple white one with green text and a gold Witham Friary logo - in short, it looks like something produced from a very small company who doesn't go for an emphasis on appearances. But that in itself is rather good, as it usually means that the emphasis is on the product itself, and not on the marketing. I believe this makes it vastly superior to any of the mass-produced and over-advertised stuff you get in chain stores! :-) So did the velvet live up to expectations? That evening, I unscrewed the cap to be greeted with a heady aroma - somewhere between the heavy alcohol smell of ordinary vodka and the rich fruitiness you get from cherry brandy - and a liquid the colour of raspberries. I poured a little into a glass and took a sip. It took my breath away! It was strong (22% volume) but with the cherry kick and delicious aftertaste than had accompanied the Polish brand; perhaps I could say that this was even a little better? It mixes well with coke, and produces a divine fruity cocktail when blended with cranberry juice (or presse if you happen to be a little better off). BF loves it t
oo and so do his mates - all agreed to be the eq ual of anything served in Revolution. Cherry Velvet is certainly awash with West Country magic - it is a wonderful drink and something that I can recommend to adorn your drinks cabinet. Finding it may be a little difficult, but I give the address of the company below, so if you have trouble, you can contact them direct for suppliers. It'll be worth the effort, I promise you. Oh, and the nice people also make Damson Velvet and Apricot Velvet - which are firmly on my list of things to try in future! Details: A 500ml bottle of Cherry Velvet cost me £12. You can also write to the company at: Mr Martin Howard Friary Vintners Limited Witham Friary Frome Somerset BA11 5HD Tel: 01749 850418 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.