The ubiquitous clear spirit of Finland, Koskenkorva Vodka (known locally as Viina) has been distilled in the village of Koskenkorva for more than half a century by the state-owned company Altia, and now it’s available in the States. Made with locally grown barley and run through a continuous distillation process, the vodka is diluted to proof with water from the Salpausselkä glacial ridge. The resulting spirit is about as smooth as vodka can get, with a pronounced creaminess and a hint of lingering spice.
While Scandinavians tend to like it served straight-up and ice-cold, it will also make a lovely vodka martini. $26, masterofmalt.com