Vana Tallinn

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Vana Tallinn
Vana Tallinn Bottles.jpg
Type Liqueur
Manufacturer Liviko
Country of origin Estonia
Introduced 1960
Alcohol by volume 40%, 45%, 50%
Proof 80, 90, 100
Colour dark brown
Variants Vana Tallinn
Vana Tallinn Winter Spice
Vana Tallinn Heritage Edition
Vana Tallinn Cream
Website liviko.ee

Vana Tallinn (Estonian for Old Tallinn) is a dark brown and robust rum-based liqueur produced by the Estonian company Liviko. The liqueur is sweet with a hint of Jamaican rum, flavoured by various natural spices, including citrus oil, cinnamon and vanilla.

Overview[edit]

The three main varieties of Vana Tallinn are:

  • Vana Tallinn 40% (80 proof)
  • Vana Tallinn 45% (90 proof)
  • Vana Tallinn 50% (100 proof)

Also made are

  • Vana Tallinn Winter Spice (35% or 70 proof)

This liqueur is produced since November 2012. It is based on Vana Tallinn liqueur with the addition of cinnamon, cardamom, anise and nutmeg.[1]

  • Vana Tallinn Heritage Edition (40% or 80 proof)
  • Vana Tallinn Cream (16% or 32 proof)
  • Vana Tallinn Chocolate Cream (16% or 32 proof)
  • Vana Tallinn Coffee Cream (16% or 32 proof)

Serving[edit]

Vana Tallinn can be shot straight or it can be added to coffee, forming Vana Tallinn coffee in a way similar to Irish coffee. The liqueur makes a component for a row of various cocktails, also it is possible to serve it on the rocks.

The sweetness and flavours disguise the high alcohol content making it potentially dangerous, especially in a cocktail called the "hammer and sickle" where it is mixed with Russian sparkling wine. The drink is so named because according to local legend, it hits the drinker on the head and cuts off his legs.[citation needed] It is mixed with 1 part Vana Tallinn and 4 parts sparkling wine or champagne.

The normal Vana Tallinn is also sometimes mixed with milk or kefir to make something resembling the cream liqueur version.

Distribution[edit]

Vana Tallinn is widely available in all of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), as well as Russia and Finland. Although it is advertised as an ancient and traditional Estonian drink, the production was actually started only in September 1960.

American Distribution[edit]

Until recently, Vana Tallinn had been only available in Europe, making it nearly impossible for anyone in the U.S. to acquire a bottle short of bringing it back from a trip. In 2007, Matrics Importing, based in Oak Lawn, Illinois, became the US importer for Vana Tallinn. Efforts are under way to establish nationwide distribution and gain broad acceptance of the product.

Since 2007, Vana Tallinn has received industry recognition with a Silver Medal in the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits competition, a 94 rated review in the April 2008 edition of "The Tasting Panel" magazine and a Gold designation of 90 points from the Beverage Testing Institute in their 2009 International Review of Spirits which can be found on their Tastings website.

Distribution in Japan[edit]

Liviko introduces and distributes Vana Tallinn liqueurs among its other products in Japan since 2010 via the subsidiary Hanza Trading Co.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liviko tõi turule uue Vana Tallinna likööri" (in Estonian). Postimees. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hanza Trading Co. Ltd.". http://hanza-trading.co.jp/index_en.html. Hanza Trading Co. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "AS Liviko kasvatas 2011. aastal eksporti 22 protsenti". Liviko. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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