Best Nordic Ingredients
Made of the Northernmost Barley
Koskenkorva is made of the northernmost barley in the world. Barley provides the best harvest in the arctic climate of the village. Koskenkorva uses custom barley varieties, such as Saana and Elmeri, that have been developed for the short growing season of Finland. The summer days are so long that for almost a month the sun doesn’t set at all and all that abundant light enhances the enzymatic properties of the barley. Barley also enables a clean fermentation and distillation process which requires less washing and less water.
Most of Koskenkorva’s barley is sourced locally within a 200 km radius of the Koskenkorva village. The plant in Koskenkorva uses about 210 million kilos of Finnish barley a year, which represents around 12% of the total barley harvest in Finland. One way of putting this colossal figure of 210 million kilos into perspective is by imagining 17 trucks full of barley, delivered to the plant every weekday of the year.
We Use Pure Finnish Spring Water
The other key ingredient and one of the main reasons our vodka tastes so smooth is the 100% unfiltered and unprocessed pure spring water from Rajamäki.
The water in Finland is known of its exceptional quality. Water from rain and melting snow flows through the ridges of Salpausselkä and its sandy soil cleans the water naturally. The effect of the ground and the lack of chemical treatment give the water a fresh taste and clear color. The water quality is examined regularly by an external laboratory. The water is pumped from seven to eight meters below the ground to the Rajamäki bottling plant where it’s added to the grain spirit.
To keep the exceptional water quality, Anora protects the water abstraction areas by owning land, limiting construction and establishing environmental protection in the area.