Altia is owned by the state of Finland. When government considered selling the corporation, a popular movement grew to oppose this. The Koskenkorva distillery is the largest buyer for the barley farmers in the area. Without the distillery, cultivation of barley in the region would probably cease. During the first decade of its existence, Koskenkorva gained a steady standing as the number one in sales of strong spirits in Finland. In addition to the traditional black rye bread and the sauna, Koskenkorva has become a symbol of what is essentially Finnish. The Finns, who are often seen as courageous, honest and reserved, have adopted this drink as a way of enjoying themselves when letting loose. This beverage was named after the small village of Koskenkorva in Ostrobothnia, the place where the distillation took place. Koskenkorva was distilled and produced, with the idea that the drink could be enjoyed both sipped at ambient temperature from a pocket flask and, in a more sophisticated manner, as chilled schnapps.
Koskenkorva Salmiakki is the original salter liquorice liqueur, and has the wonderful spicy taste of Scandinavia´s favorite candy. You might or might not already be familiar with the taste, but we´re sure it´s even better in the liqueur.