Last summer (and ICYMI) Finnish folk metal greats Korpiklaani announced plans to release their own vodka in celebration of their highly successful single “Vodka.” For the spirit, the band collaborated with renowned Finnish independent brewery/distillery Pyynikin (they also produced Korpiklaani’s lager).
Korpiklaani’s vodka saw the light of day in August and today the band revealed that they have been awarded with the ‘World’s Best Infused & Botanical Vodka’ in Finland at the ‘International Vodka Awards’ competition.
Bassist Jarkko Aaltonen comments, “We had several sessions with Samuli the Distiller where we went through many different versions of the vodka. The correct amount of spruce was crucial in getting the flavor exactly right and even tiny changes made a huge difference in the final product. We ‘re very happy to see that the jury appreciated the same things and actually understood the amount of love and care that went into making this vodka.”
Main distiller at Pyynikin, Samuli Peltonummi added, “When Korpiklaani suggested making a vodka in cooperation, I could not have been more excited! Korpiklaani was my absolute favorite band in my youth and I still listen to them a lot. In my opinion, spruce is one of the most Finnish flavors and aromas, and it also fits very well with the look of Korpiklaani, so from the beginning it was clear what would be used in this vodka. We went collecting spruce twigs ourselves from the forest for distillation. The end result is a grain-based vodka flavored with spruce, which is wooded and fresh, like the forest in a bottle.”
When Korpiklaani’s new vodka was released, the band held a special live stream in front of the beer tanks inside their brewery. A tour of the brewery and distillery is also included in the live stream, which you can check out here.
Korpiklaani’s new album, ‘Jylhä,’ is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out a new commercial for the award-winning vodka below.
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