October 20, 2020
Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice Portwood Finish for Tallink Silja

Teerenpeli Distiller’s Choice Portwood Finish

This special Distiller’s Choice was released for travel retail and exclusively for Tallink Silja ferries tax free shops by Finnish whisky maker, Teerenpeli distillery. Only 1176 bottles were released in 2014. Teerenpeli DC Portwood Finish has no age statement. I believe it’s been resting in old bourbon casks before getting […]
October 19, 2020
Valamo Peated Batch 1

Valamo 3YO Monastery Peated Single Malt

This is the first peated single malt whisky release for retail market by Valamo Monastery Distillery from Finland. Their story is interesting as they are a monastery distillery producing peated and unpeated single malt whiskies. For example they’re making peated whisky matured in old church wine casks. I always like it […]
July 27, 2020
Nagu Whisky

Nagu whisky distillery from Turku archipelago

Nagu or Nauvo (Finnish version) is a group of islands on the coast of southwestern Finland. From there you can find Nagu Distillery Ab, located in an old Flipper boat factory. The company has produced alcohol since 1996 for the Nagu marina restaurant called L’Escale. But serious alcohol making for […]
July 25, 2020
Muteman Rye Whiskey

Muteman Rye Whiskey Review

Quick notes of Muteman Rye Whiskey by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC), a sample I got from my buddy. This is small batch rye whiskey from Helsinki, although it doesn’t feel and look like one. I can imagine people thinking that it’s core range bulk whiskey by HDC, when looking […]
July 2, 2020
Kyrö Single Malt Rye pre-release 5

Kyrö Single Malt Rye Whisky – Batch 5

Kyrö Single Malt Rye whisky pre-release 5 has been distilled from 100% Finnish malted rye and matured over 3 years in bourbon and new oak casks by Kyrö Distillery. This is a very small batch edition. Only 2000 pieces of 10 cl bottles and 200 pieces 50 cl bottles. You […]
June 17, 2020

Koskue Barrel Aged Dark Gin Review

Following on from the success of Kyrö’s rye gin Napue (winner of the inaugural IWSC Gin & Tonic Trophy), this is an aged gin from the Finnish distillery. Botanicals include birch, meadowsweet, cranberry and orange peel and the gentleman at Kyrö suggest using it in an Old Fashioned for a […]
May 6, 2020
Kolme Leijonaa Blended Scotch

Kolme Leijonaa Blended Scotch Whisky review

I’ve categorized this under Finland but this is not a Finnish whisky. Even though legendary in Finnish retail market because of its long history and Finnish name. Kolme Leijonaa means Three Lions in English. Lion is the animal in Finland’s escutcheon. Officially this brand came to Finnish retail market in […]
April 20, 2020
Helsinki Whiskey Rye Malt Release #14

Helsinki Whiskey Rye Malt Release 14 Rum Cask Finish

Quick notes on the 14th release by The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC). This rye whiskey is 70% rye, 30% malted barley and it comes from Finland’s capital. They also make 100% malted rye whiskey. The distillery was established in 2014. With an annual production of 30 000 liters, HDC produces […]
December 7, 2019
Old Buck 7YO

Old Buck 7 year old single malt whisky review

Here’s a quick review of Finnish 7 year old single malt called Old Buck, served straight from the restaurant brewery which made the whisky, called Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s in Pori. Old Buck is officially the first Finnish single malt whisky, coming from a micro distillery as small as it can […]
April 3, 2019
Helsinki Distilling Company's 100% Rye Malt

Helsinki Whiskey 100% Rye Malt review

The Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC) launched their first official release for retail markets in 2017. This 100% Rye Malt comes from Finland’s capital, where HDC was established in 2014. HDC has 300 and 1500 liter pot stills with an annual production of 30 000 liters. Their spirits portfolio includes rye […]
April 2, 2019
Malted Rye Whisky by Kyrö distillery in honor of Finland's 100 years of independence

Kyrö Suomi100 Malted Rye Whisky review

Kyrö Suomi100 celebrates Finland’s 100 years of independence. This single malt rye whisky has been distilled from 100% Finnish rye and matured over 3 years in American oak casks by Kyrö Distillery. Released on 6th of December 2017 (on Finnish independence day). Limited edition of only 360 bottles. Got my […]
September 2, 2017
Malted Rye Whisky by Kyrö Distillery

Kyrö Single Malt Rye Whisky – Batch 1

WhiskyRant’s conclusions Tasting notes First batch ever of Finnish rye whisky for retail markets. Kyrö Single Malt Rye is made from 100% malted wholegrain rye. The most anticipated whisky of the year for me and I almost didn’t get a chance to taste it. That’s right, the success of Napue […]
July 27, 2017
Kyrö Long Drink

Long Kyrö – Gin Long Drink review

This alcoholic drink raised a big question. Is Napue gin by Kyrö distillery the best gin for gin based alcoholic beverage called long drink? Long drink a.k.a “lonkero” is a very popular drink in Finland. The traditional way of making “lonkero” is using gin as the base ingredient. Nowadays there […]
July 14, 2017
Valamo 5YO CS review

Valamo 5YO Unpeated Single Malt for VYS

This 5 year old unpeated single malt whisky is the first official release by Valamo Monastery Distillery from Finland. Bottled at 55,1% ABV, this is a special edition release of 725 bottles in honor of the 5 year anniversary of VYS (Viskin Ystävien Seura = Fellowship of Whisky, Finland). This […]
May 6, 2017
Napue Gin by Kyrö Distillery

Napue Gin Tonic review – Best gin for Gin and Tonic

Napue Gin and Tonic by Kyrö Distillery Company (KDC) was the inaugural winner of the International Wine & Spirits Competition Gin & Tonic Trophy in 2015. So, it’s been awarded the best gin for gin and tonic, which instantly made the adventurous Rye Rye Gentlemen famous in the world of […]
September 8, 2016
Helsinki Distilling Company logo

Helsinki Distilling Company – distilling whisky in the capital of Finland

Helsinki Distilling Company (HDC) opened its doors in August 2014 in The Abattoir (Teurastamo), a former slaughterhouse from 1930’s to 1990’s, which is one of the cultural hearts of food in Helsinki. The building where Helsinki Distilling Company is located, has been used as a power plant for 30 years, […]
August 27, 2016
Beer Hunter's logo

Beer Hunter’s – first Finnish Single Malt maker

Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s is a brewery restaurant located in Pori, which is a city in the west coast of Finland. Beer Hunter’s is also officially the first Finnish Single Malt producer. They only made whisky to be sold in their restaurant and not for retail markets. So the first commercial […]
July 20, 2016
Kyro Distillery Company logo

Kyrö distillery – pioneers of Finnish rye whisky

In Rye We Trust Kyro distillery, or Kyrö distillery, as we Finns and Nordic people will say and write it, is probably the most anticipated Finnish whisky distillery. At least in my book. Along with Valamo Monastery’s distillery, they will offer a special kind of whisky for the market. They […]
July 12, 2016
Valamo Monastery and Herman's vineyard logo

Valamo Monastery Distillery – Whisky matured in Church Wine casks

“Valamo Monastery Distillery – Heavenly spirits from Valamo” States Arto Liimatta, one of the owners of Valamon Viiniherman and Hermannin Viinitila (Hermanni Winery). Latter being the company which provides Valamo Monastery the wine casks for whisky maturing. And not just any wine casks – we’re talking about church wine casks. […]
June 7, 2016
Julma Juho Porter

Teerenpeli Julmajuho Savuporter review

Julmajuho (Cruel John in English) was a new addition to the Teerenpeli beer range in the fall 2015. In 2016 this smoke porter came into retail market in Finland, as part of the craft beer 2016 campaign by Alko (Finnis liquor store in monopoly position). Mildly smoky with porter type […]
October 12, 2015
Teerenpeli 10yo feature image

Teerenpeli 10 year old review

Finnish whisky producer Teerenpeli released the first Finnish 10 year old single malt in 10/10/2015. Well, actually they did offer a cask strength version of a 10 year old whisky in 2014, but this newest version is going to be released for retail also. The cask strength version (ABV: 58,5%) […]
February 13, 2015
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Juuri new make by Kyrö Distillery

Juuri (root in English) is a rye distillate coming from Kyrö Distillery Company (KDC). Determined to make rye whisky from 100% malted rye, KDC surely is an interesting new comer in the world of whisky. Juuri was my first encounter with KDC, so I was excited to taste it. Even […]
October 24, 2014
Pyynikin KDC Viskigate Stout

Pyynikin KDC Viskigate Stout

Pyynikki Craft Brewery and Kyrö Distillery Company are going to make #Viskigate stout Finnish blogs called JaskanKaljat and mushiMALT gave an idea for Pyynikki Craft Brewery (Pyynikin Käsityöläispanimo in Finnish) and Kyrö Distillery to brew a #Viskigate called beer. This weekend at Beer Expo event in Helsinki, Finland, Kyrö Distillery […]
August 8, 2014
Old Buck VYS at Panimoravintola Beerhunter's, Pori

Old Buck VYS single malt whisky review

Old Buck got famous in whisky circles, when Jim Murray rated the cask number 5 of the second release with 96 points and “European Mainland Whisky of the Year 2009” award. The first release had gotten 93,5 points and the third release got 95, so there was great consistency in […]
April 29, 2014
Teerenpeli barrel feature image

Teerenpeli distillery tour 4.5.2013

Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta @ Lahti, Finland If you translate Teerepeli in English the most direct way, it means mating display of the black grouse. In slang or everyday Finnish, it means flirtation. Inspired by Highland Park and some other craft distilleries, Teerenpeli whisky isn’t flirtatious. Like Ian Buxton wrote couple of years […]
April 25, 2014

Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice review

In Finnish, Kaski means burn-beaten land. In spite of the name, Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice isn’t like something smoky from Islay. I guess it still is a soft version of something “swidden”. I tried Teerenpeli Kaski at Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta’s distillery tour. And I have to tell you, this […]
April 14, 2014
Teerenpeli 8yo whisky review

Teerenpeli 8 year old review

Teerenpeli is the producer of first commercially available Finnish single malt whisky. The 8 year old is matured in a mixture of 200 liter Ex-Bourbon (60%) and 2nd fill Ex-Sherry (40%) casks. I had a chance to taste it when attending a distillery tour at Teerenpeli’s Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta […]
April 14, 2014
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Teerenpeli 3 year old review

The first ever Finnish single malt called Old Buck, comes from Panimoravintola Beer Hunter’s from Pori. It is very hard to get your hands on it but some day I will get tasting notes of Old Buck too (edit: tasted Old Buck VYS edition). Teerenpeli comes from the city of […]