|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|
|Country of origin||Estonia|
|Alcohol by volume||40%, 45%, 50%|
|Proof||80, 90, 100|
Vana Tallinn Winter Spice
Vana Tallinn Heritage Edition
Vana Tallinn Cream
Vana Tallinn (Estonian for Old Tallinn) is a dark brown and robust rum-based liqueur developed in the 1960s and 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.
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)
- 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)
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. It is mixed with 1 part Vana Tallinn and 4 parts sparkling wine or champagne.
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 actually started only in September 1960.
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 were under way to establish nationwide distribution and gain broad acceptance of the product. As of 2014, Matrics Importing has discontinued the importing and distribution of Vana Tallinn anywhere in the United States, citing that the venture became cost prohibitive when the manufacturer refused to invest any money into advertising the product in the US. Currently Matrics Importing has no plans to begin re-importing Vana Tallinn.
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
- "Vana Tallinn Liqueur". The Baltic Spirits Company. 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- "Liviko tõi turule uue Vana Tallinna likööri" (in Estonian). Postimees. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "Hanza Trading Co. Ltd.". http://hanza-trading.co.jp/index_en.html. Hanza Trading Co. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "AS Liviko kasvatas 2011. aastal eksporti 22 protsenti". Liviko. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- Liviko product description
- Vana Tallinn Newspaper article archived on the Estonian embassy website
- April 2008 Tasting Panel magazine review
- "Cocktails of the South Pacific and Beyond", a book published by International Cuisine Press (with recipes and details about Vana Tallinn)