Koskenkorva Salmiakki (32%)

Liquorice, and especially liquorice enriched with ammonium chloride, is a very Finnish phenomenon. Salted liquorice is also produced and sold in other countries, at least in Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, but its consumption is highest in Finland. Everyone in Finland is familiar with various kinds of salted liquorice caramels, and…

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Gautier XO (40%)

Maison Gautier was founded in 1755. For ten generations, it remained in the Gautier family until 1995 when the production was bought by Marie Brizard, which later was bought by the Belvedere Group. Gautier XO is a blend of distillates made from grapes grown in different regions of the Cognac area.…

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Bols Cardamom (24%)

Lucas Bols is one of Europe's largest liqueur manufacturers. In the Baltic countries, Bols together with DeKuyper are the most common imported liqueur brands. Bols's range of liqueurs is quite comprehensive and several of their liqueurs have been reviewed in this blog as well. The cardamom-flavored liqueur is a special batch…

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Meukow VSOP (40%)

The cognac brand founded by the Russian Meukow brothers has come a long way during its 170-year history. The cognac house has sometimes been owned by a Scottish, a German, as well as a French gentleman. Today, Meukow's operations are run by the french family company Compagnie de Guyenne. The classic…

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Metaxa 7 Stars (38%)

Metaxa is one of the most famous Greek alcohols. Metaxa was developed by the Greek silk merchant Spyros Metaxa at the end of the 19th century. Because of his work, Spyros traveled a lot and encountered different alcohols and wines. He thought that too many distillates were too strong and he…

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Monnet Sunshine Selection (40%)

The Monnet cognac house founded by has remained a rather unknown cognac brand despite its long age (established in 1897). The company has changed owners several times and is currently owned by the Guerrand-Hermès family. In addition to the traditional age-classes, Monnet has published special batches, which include Sunshine Selection. VS…

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Lithuanian Vodka Quince (40%)

Lithuanian alcohol company Stumbras has at least two different vodka brands; own Stumbras and Lithuanian Vodka. With this brand, the company releases various flavored vodkas. Quince is a fruit that grows widely in the Baltics and is called the "Lithuanian lemon" because of its sour and bitter taste. Flavored vodka is…

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Moe Handsa Sour Sea-Buckthorn (31.3%)

Moe is Estonia's largest alcohol producer, due to the fact that the company itself also produces the rectified spirit used in the products. Liviko and other producers with larger quantities mainly use imported rectified spirit. Moe produces a large selection of different vodkas, flavored vodkas and schnapps. Handsa is a traditional…

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Martell VS (40%)

Martell is the oldest of the big four cognac producers, which include Hennessy, Courvoisier and Remy Martin. The brand was founded in 1715. Today it is owned by the French beverage giant Pernod Ricard. Martell produces approximately 14 million liters of cognac annually and is the second largest producer after Hennessy.…

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Apricot Cranberry (18%)

Apricot is a small beverage producer in central Estonia. The company's product portfolio consists mostly of vodkas with different labels, a gin, herbal liqueur, a few flavored spirits, and a plenty of different liqueurs. Apricot's products can be found in a few Estonian stores, usually on the lowest shelves there. The…

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