Product of: Finland
Launched September 2011, like standard Finlandia, this 'luxury' expression is made using six-row barley. The crystal inspired bottle is the result of a collaboration between Harri Koskinen, a leading contemporary Finnish designer, and Ken Hirst, an award-winning product and packaging designer.
Presented in an upscale stone-grey cardboard tube, perversely a strip of card name tag hangs from the bottle's neck by what resembles a sink plug chain. Recording the batch and bottle number, this cries out to be metal rather than flimsy cheap looking card. I'd discard this, and indeed peel off the skirted foil covering the natural cork stopper and the transparent back label with the legal blurb and barcode. You'll be left with a very shapely, tall naked Finnish beauty. So tall that most bar shelves will lack the necessary height to accommodate her (nothing this shapely is masculine) statuesque form.
Finlandia Platinum is distilled from fermented six-row barley and the distillate "then passed over a bed of birchwood chips". It is hydrated with glacial spring water.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 31/08/2012
(batch No.1, bottle No. 069616) Crystal clear.
Barbeque charcoal and toasted spruce wood, think clean sauna interior lined with wood seasoned from years of intense heat - suitably Finnish.
Superbly clean with discernible grainy and Birchwood character and faint bread dough sweetness and mild black pepper spice.
Bready notes emerge in the lightly black pepper spiced finish.