GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 22

With only three days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 22, we’re focusing on the 20 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A- (90) during 2017.

  1. Allaire Vodka
  2. Auchentoshan – The Bartender’s Malt
  3. Bache Gabrielsen Tre Kors Cognac
  4. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
  5. CALI California Sipping Whiskey
  6. Cannon Beach Distillery Dorymen’s Rum
  7. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
  8. D. George Benham’s Gin Sonoma Dry Gin
  9. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina
  10. Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto Fennel Liqueur
  11. Don Q 2007 Signature Release Single Barrel
  12. Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  13. Koskenkorva Vodka
  14. Montelobos Mezcal
  15. Oamaruvian 16 Year Old Cask Strength DoubleCask
  16. Paul John Bold Whisky
  17. Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
  18. TINCUP 10 American Whiskey
  19. Van Gogh Vodka
  20. Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt

GSN Review: Koskenkorva Vodka

Koskenkorva is the only globally known vodka named after the village where it is made. It’s a community known for its authenticity and dedication, and the Koskenkorva farmers have been the backbone of the brand since 1953.  The distillery, located in Koskenkorva village, features its own bioenergy power plant, which has helped reduce the Koskenkorva plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50% and increased its self-sufficiency in terms of fuel by over 60%.

Finland has a short and intensive growing season. During the summer months, the sun does not completely set. These conditions make the quality of barley ideal for producing an outstanding vodka. Locally sourced barley comes from within a 120 mile radius from the distillery, and with the help of pure water and a continuous distillation process, Koskenkorva is now available in almost 30 countries. 

 

Koskenkorva Vodka (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Sweet, clean minerality with lively hints of mint and cracked pepper.
Taste: Beautifully smooth entry, with no rough edges. After a few seconds, a deep and complex portfolio of minerals presents itself with a dry and rich heft.
Finish: Medium long with the slate-like notes carrying on for quite some time.
Overall: A beautiful vodka that has life. So many vodkas are over-distilled. Koskenkorva has a traditional flavor, but without the burn one might expect.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Koskenkorva