A multicultural background, diverse interests and constant curiosity made Moritz Wüstenberg an accidental Master distiller. During a childhood in Germany, 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 as a renowned bootlegging center during the era of prohibition in the 1930´s aroused an unconscious passion for the world of spirits…
This craving was released while Moritz studied to become a Chemical Engineer and in 2010 a small distillery was set-up in a disused barn, right next to the maternal home. Whenever time permitted, Moritz was found toying with his beloved stills and developing new ideas. By 2014 the time was ripe and it was time to get distilling for real…
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 gin from the beginning and is heads our product development. With a advanced sense for flavors, we trust in her impeccable taste in quality control as well as product innovation. as a hobby photographer, tatyana is also responsible for the visual works we publish.
next to her work at the distillery, tatyana enjoys creating culinary delicacies by 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 gin.
Kirsi is our most recent team member. She takes care of most of the bottling, labelling and prepares our gin to shipped to the world. Living just down the road from the distillery, in the winter you can often find her start work early so she can enjoy the rest of the short days 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 a.k.a the beast-from-the-east is our head of happiness. maintaining a sphere of happiness and tranquility are her main responsibilities.
next to her duties at the distillery, Pantteri spends a considerable amount of her spare time devoted to advanced studies in ornithology. as the distillery is surrounded by a lush forest, there are ample opportunities to conduct these studies.