Not sure if Finlandia’s Tangerine Fusion is the solution to the energy crisis, but it’s a catchy name nonetheless.
Many orange (and related fruits) flavored vodkas give off a vague citrus character that lies somewhere between orange and lemon, which is never altogether satisfying.
Finlandia eschews both major ends of the citrus spectrum in favor of tangerine, and it’s a wise choice. This infusion of the classic, barley-based Finnish spirit is distinctly tanger-ized, with the notable, lighter citrus/less acidic tone that is unmistakably tangerine. The body is similar, but there’s a sharp heat on the finish — this is vodka after all, and nearly full strength at 75 proof — but on the whole it’s a very good.
Onverall: Not too sweet, not too bitter, not too overwhelming, and no chemical tone at all. In a world flooded with citrus vodkas, this one’s a winner, though certainly one that’s on the lighter side.
B+ / $24 / finlandia.com
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