Liviko has a unique history that has seen it survive wars and challenging times. Throughout the years, Liviko has been in public and private ownership, and from 2000, the alcohol producer belongs to the ambitious NG Investeeringud, where Liviko has become a successful international alcohol group.
Research-based product development and a high-tech laboratory play an important role alongside the knowledge and skills passed on from master to apprentice for 124 years. The quality of our workshop is attested by Vana Tallinn liqueur, Viru Valge vodka and Crafter’s gins, which have become hallmarks of Estonia. We feel honoured that Estonia is known around the world thanks to products lovingly created by Liviko.
Distillation technology has been used here since Liviko’s early days. The copper pot still known as Mamma Ilse has been in use for a hundred years, named in honour of Ilse Maar, a long-time master distiller at Liviko. As one of the creators of the legendary liqueur Vana Tallinn, Ilse Maar is affectionately known as the grandmother of Vana Tallinn. The historic pot still has been retired, and can now be seen in a place of honour at the Liviko Museum. The modern pieces of distillation equipment that replaced Mamma Ilse were christened Mahta and Elfride, after Liviko’s distinguished master distillers Mahta Laidvee and Elfride Kingisepp.
Mamma Ilse was also used for the first-ever steam distillation with a botanical basket: this centenarian copper lady did the main work to produce the vodka Rukkilill, created in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.
The oldest drink in Liviko’s product portfolio is the crystal liqueur Kännu Kukk, which has been manufactured using a heated bottling process since 1900. The legendary Vana Tallinn liqueur became one of Estonia’s hallmark products immediately after its creation in 1960.
The trendsetting Crafter’s London Dry Gin was developed by Liviko in 2015. A few years later, Liviko launched the vibrant Crafter’s Aromatic Flower Gin, which added a dash of colour to the increasingly popular gin trend. Liviko’s product innovation continues. Its latest fruits include the Re-crafted Crafter’s fizzy drink series created in 2019 according to the zero waste principle, and establishing a new category in the global beverage industry: Junibeer – juniper berry beer.