The Kalevala Team
As a family-owned small distillery in Easternmost Finland, we are proud to be independent and able to do things the way they should be done, with love and care.
Meet our team :
Moritz, who fell into the pot still when he was little
A multicultural background, diverse interests and constant curiosity, made Moritz Wüstenberg an accidental Master distiller and the founder of Kalevala.
During his childhood in Germany, his frequent visit to his mother´s home in Finland developed a keen interest in Finland and Finnish culture. The history of the maternal home town of Kitee (a renowned bootlegging center during the era of prohibition in the 1930´s) aroused an unconscious passion for the world of spirits…
Moritz studied to become a Chemical Engineer and in 2010, he set-up his own small distillery in a disused barn. Whenever time permitted, Moritz was found toying with his beloved stills and developing new ideas.
By 2014, it was time to get distilling for real… Kalevala was born.
Tatyana, the druid keeping the secrets of the magic potion
Having grown up in the Russian part of Karelia, Tatyana represents the other half of this beautiful region. She has been involved in the development of Kalevala from the beginning and is the head of product development. With an advanced sense for flavours, we trust in her impeccable taste in both quality control and product innovation.
Next to her work at the distillery, Tatyana enjoys experimenting in the kitchen! This passion also carries over into our product development, in which we have gone through some hundreds of potential ingredients for our spirits.
As a hobby photographer, Tatyana is also responsible for our visual works.
Kirsi, the day-to-day valiant hero
Kirsi, as our operations manager, takes care of most of the bottling, labelling and prepares our gin to be shipped to the world. Living just down the road from the distillery, in the Winter you can often find her walking her dogs or skiing.
Always cheerful without cracking even when the going gets tough, Kirsi is the person you need for a distillery based in the middle of the forest.
Pantteri, the loyal companion
Pantteri a.k.a the beast-from-the-east is our head of happiness. Maintaining a sphere of bliss and tranquility are her main responsibilities.
Next to her duties at the distillery, Pantteri spends a considerable amount of her spare time to advanced studies in ornithology. As the distillery is surrounded by a lush forest, there are ample opportunities to conduct these studies.