The Long Drink Company brought production of the famous Finnish Long Drink to the United States. First created in 1952 for the Helsinki Olympics, the drink has something of a cult following. The combination of gin, grapefruit and soda has seen a flurry of interest in recent years stateside, in no small part because of the Long Drink Company.
The Peach Finnish Long Drink is a step outside of tradition. It’s part of their seasonal variety pack and is described as “gin with natural peach and juniper berry flavors.” It is 5.5% ABV and colored with carrot juice.
Color: Opaque cantaloupe in hue. Attractive and suggestive of peaches.
Aroma: Vivid candied peach on the nose. Reminiscent of Peachy O’s candies.
Flavor: Candied peach throughout, but not as strong as the nose suggests. Peach flavor is complemented by some hints of strawberry juice and juniper berries.
The juniper flavor does add a nice balance as a counterpoint to the peach flavor; however, it’s not the focal point. The Peach Finnish Long Drink is peach first, and everything else second.
Moderately sweet with a crispness towards the end.
Finish: Moderate length and crisp, with a mild volume peach candy and melon note.
Overall, Peach Finnish Long Drink
Mostly an alcoholic peach soda, the Peach Finnish Long Drink is crisp and refreshing even as it steps a long ways outside the normal flavors of the Finnish Long Drink.
As a gin drink— or even as a Long Drink— it will likely leave fans of both wanting. However, as long as you’re going in looking for an easy-to-drink peach flavored summer tipple, it’s a solid option. It just may not be something I would describe as a Long Drink.