Vana Tallinn (translated into Russian as “Old Tallinn” – – the pride of the Estonian capital, a harmonious combination of burning Jamaican rum, tart herbs, citrus oils and delicate sweetness has brought this strong drink many international awards, diplomas and medals.
By the standards of alcoholic beverages, this is a very young liqueur: it is barely 60 years old (invented in 1962). We are not talking about a thousand-year history, nor about centuries-old traditions of production and consumption. However, the appearance of the Van Tallinn liqueur is associated with a curious legend, which, as in a mirror, reflected both the respect and reverent attitude of Estonians to their national alcohol.
Medieval alchemists were not only looking for a way to turn any metals into gold: their main goal was to create a recipe for the elixir of eternal youth and immortality. They say that one such inquisitive scientist lived in the XII century in ancient Tallinn (then still Kolyvan). Unlike his less successful colleagues, he was lucky: endless experiments led to the desired result. Unfortunately, at the very moment of the great discovery, an explosion occurred in the laboratory, the waters of the Pyrite burst into the alchemist’s house, and the river carried away all the magic potions.
It is also said that since then, a fiery river flows under the capital, the water from which has an amazing taste and healing properties. It is not difficult to guess that according to legend, this miracle ingredient is part of the favorite drink of Estonians.
What happened to the alchemist? Someone claims that he died in a fire, others believe that the old master managed to drink a rejuvenating potion, and now wanders through the narrow streets of Tallinn, others have read somewhere that the scientist was waiting for a terrible death in the torture cellars-the ruler of the city also wanted to know the recipe for immortality.
Fortress and views of Vana Tallinn
The classic Vana Talinn has a fortress of 45 degrees, but to enter the European market, the manufacturer has expanded the range of modifications. Now the liquor in strict and slender bottles is available in three types:
- “Original” – 40% strength. This drink is popular in Western Europe, where they are not used to alcohol stronger than vodka.
- “Classic” – the original version (45%). Enjoys respect among the Slavs and residents of the Baltic States.
- “Strong” – fifty-degree modification. This variety of Vana Tallinn was created for the harsh Scandinavians who need something to keep warm during the long frosty winters.
Curiously, all three variations are absolutely identical in taste, the only thing that distinguishes them from each other is the strength. The company Liviko-the owner of the trademark rights and the official manufacturer of Vana Tallinn-intended to achieve this effect. The main idea of expanding the line was to allow residents of other regions to enjoy the invigorating and fresh taste of this original drink.
“Ladies ‘” creamy Vana Tallinn
Creamy Vana Tallinn is often called “Estonian Bailiz” – these two alcohols are really very similar. Weak – only 16 degrees with a thick creamy taste and various additives, this drink is a decoration of the festive table and an exquisite treat for the ladies.
The “creamy” line includes four ” models»:
- Cream (cream);
- Chocolate (chocolate);
- Coffee (coffee);
- Orange (orange).
Special varieties of Vana Tallinn
Estonians liked to experiment with recipes, and in the 2000s, the following types of favorite liqueur appeared on the market:
- Winter Spice (winter spice). Vana Tallinn with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg – a complete set of Christmas spices that are strongly associated with mulled wine, a striped sock over the fireplace, the chime of Santa’s reindeer bells.
- Summer Lime (summer lime). Liqueur with a pronounced mint-citrus taste. Easy to drink in the heat. A great refreshing drink at summer parties.
- Heritage Edition (Heritage). For this balsam, dark Jamaican rum is used for 60 years of aging in bourbon barrels. The result is a “solid” drink with a caramel-woody aftertaste.
- Signature (signature, autograph). This variety was created in 2013 in honor of the release of the hundred-millionth bottle of Van Tallinn. In this drink, French cognac and Estonian liqueur are mixed in filigree exact proportions.
- Gleg is a light 12-degree drink ,a “blend” of liqueur and red wine.
How and with what to drink Vana Tallinn
There are no strict regulations for the consumption of Van Tallinn, as there are no special dishes for it. This liqueur is drunk both in its pure form with ice, and as part of cocktails, adding to soft drinks, tea or coffee. “Old Tallinn” is served as an aperitif or digestif, but it is more of a dessert drink, which is good to snack on fruit, sweet pastries or sweets.
Estonian liqueur is an excellent analogue of pure rum for those who want to feel like a pirate, but do not tolerate too strong alcohol: with the same strength, the taste of the liqueur is smoothed out with aromatic additives and spices.
Like any strong alcohol, Vana Tallinn liqueur is used as a warming and anti-cold remedy. The herbs and oils included in the drink contain vitamins, trace elements, and useful minerals. Estonians themselves often drink Vana Tallinn when they have a cough, runny nose, low tone or general malaise.