Koskenkorvan Viina (Spirit)
No other Finnish spirit has as many renowned names as Koskenkorva.
Most of the names are taken directly from production
names, but there are quite many special names also, like Latoviina,
Hollolan plöö and Vakoviski.
Koskenkorva can be called by any of its nicknames and it would be
surely recognized by
any Finish man or woman. Koskenkorva is very likely the national drink of
Finland and known by every Finnish citizen.
In 1953 Koskenkorva was introduced to the markets and it
enjoyed the reputation of being the most popular drink for over forty years.
During these years the shape of the bottle of koskenkorva has remained virtually unchanged
but the labels have been
changed a little over time.
When the sales started Koskenkorva was only available in half litre bottles,
but nowdays it can be purchased in five different sized bottles.
The original half litre bottle now has little and big brothers,
4 cl, 20 cl and 70 cl (euro kossu) and one litre (family-size) bottles.
Half litre bottle still has the best price per quality ratio.
There are also special sizes besides the normal ones. From the end of 1997 to beginning
of 1998 there was a specially created serial numbered share of half litre
celebrity bottles for Finland's 80 year anniversary.
The price of Koskenkorvan Viina has been changed over the years.
Normally the reason for price changes has been due to inflation, but has the
price index of a bottle of Koskenkorva remained constant?
In the begining Koskenkorvan Viina was made only from potatos by distillation
and sometimes from a potato-grain mixture, but nowadays the raw material
is plain Finnish barley. Koskenkorvan Viina is distilled in southern
Pohjanmaa, near Ilmajoki, Koskenkorva's population center and is bottled in Primalco's factory in
Pure alcohol or better said ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is of course found in Koskenkorva.
At its weakest (and strongest) percentage - 38 - Koskenkorva can be enjoyed straight,
but it is also ideal for mixing in cocktails & mixed drinks. So Koskenkorva is
perfectly suited for drinking as schnapps at dinner table or in a pocket
warm shot directly from the bottle.
"Koskenkorva is very good", as noted by former us president & actor
Ronald Reagan when he was visiting in Finland. And Ronnie was correct.
Original, clear and fresh Koskenkorvan Viina is fit for a tough sheriff
Koskenkorva, Kossu, Koskis tastes even stronger Finnish than rye bread.