You’ve probably never heard of Vana Tallinn, and that’s okay. This deliciously dark liqueur from Estonia is very popular in Baltic countries, barely is available in the US and can be very hard to come by. But after trying a shot of this stuff the other night, we were hooked, and set out to find a bottle of it available stateside.
Vana Tallinn is a dark brown rum-based drink, a blend of vanilla, orange, lemon and bitters, maybe even some cinnamon, mixed together with Jamaican rum. The result is a sweet but still rich and complex drink that is “exotic and velvety,” as the Vana Tallinn website puts it. We would describe it as supremely sublime.
It’s best straight up or on the rocks, maybe with a slice of lemon or orange to complement the citrus oils already in there. Maybe some lime and some sparkling water. You could also mix it into a Victory Spritz or make an exceptionally fruity mojito with serious tropical notes. Even if fruity drinks aren’t your thing, the sweet rum and fine crafted flavor will keep you coming back for more. (Rumor has it rum is the next big thing.) It won a Silver Medal in the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits competition.
As we mentioned, Vana Tallinn can be tricky to find here in the States. It’s not widely distributed and not every state lets you ship liquor to your door. But if you can get your hands on this stuff, do give it a shot. Or two. It’s also pretty affordable at about $30 a bottle. Comes in 40%, 45% and 50% ABV.
If you like it, you could definitely try out some of their other flavors, like Chocolate Cream, Heritage Edition, Summer Lime, and Winter Spice.