Koskenkorva Salmiakki - the liqueur that became too popular in Finland

Koskenkorva Salmiakki, a liqueur made of Koskenkorva Vodka and salty liquorice, was introduced to the Finnish market in the early 1990s. Shortly after its release, production was banned because it was selling too well.

Salty liquorice is a very famous sweet in the Nordic countries, especially in Finland. It is called "salmiakki" in the Finnish language. The name originates from ammonium chloride, one of the main ingredients of the sweet. It tastes salty, even stinging to some extent.

The Koskenkorva Salmiakki liqueur was so popular that the government’s retail monopoly decided to ban it.

In Finland, people of all ages eat salmiakki in the form of sweets, throat pastilles and desserts – and, of course, drinks. In fact, the Koskenkorva Salmiakki liqueur was so popular that the government’s retail monopoly decided to ban it from the shops, only shortly after it was introduced to the market.

Koskenkorva Salmiakki is the third most sold liqueur in Finland.

This popular drink was re-introduced to the market in 1995, this time with a lower alcohol percentage. It has been among the best-selling products in the Finnish alcohol monopoly ever since. In 2016, it was the third most sold liqueur in the Finnish retail monopoly Alko.

Hot chocolate with Koskenkorva Salmiakki served by the campfire.

Related Content

Welcome to Nordic Spirits!

I certify that I am at least 18 years old.


This website uses cookies and similar technologies to improve your user experience. Read more about our use of cookies in our privacy and cookie policy, including how to opt out of our use of cookies.

Thanks for signing up!


Free delivery for your first order!

Order our newsletter and get a free delivery code for your first order!

By joining Nordic Spirits, you will receive a weekly newsletter with exclusive offers on our beverage products, latest cocktail recipes, inspiring stories from the Nordics as well as with newest beverage arrivals.

Join mailing list