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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Orthodox Monastery to Dominate Finnish Whiskey Production

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On Wednesday, Finnish MTV News reported that an Orthodox monastery in Finland will become the country’s largest whiskey producer. The monastery, which is already in the wine-production business, is going to invest millions of euros to build a distillery. It expects to produce 120,000 litres of spirits annually. They’ll bottle the finished product at Finland’s historic Hermannin Winery, the oldest in the country. Bottles of Valaam Whiskey will reach liquor stores in spring 2018. New Valaam Monastery in Finland will produce the hooch. Monks evacuated from an older monastery in Russian Karelia established it in 1940. Shortly after the evacuation, Soviet forces occupied the original Valaam Monastery, but it reopened in 1989, and President V V Putin now frequents it. Unlike the Finnish monastery, it doesn’t produce any alcoholic beverages.


As Rocky asked Bullwinkle, “Are they good spirits?” Well… we’d hafta pass the jug and see, wouldn’t we?


2 July 2014

Moscow Times


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