[Bvc] Vodka Cordials and Medicinals

Robert Brown texas_roberttash at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 15 19:10:36 PDT 2007


For those who it interests:

Please find below a response (followed by the
question) I received from Moscows Musuem of Vodka.  I
wrote to them in the midst of my Cordialing Spirit of
Choice question and this is their response.

In service,
Gorm


--- "Tochieva V.B" <vodka at moscow-vernisage.com> wrote:

> From: "Tochieva V.B" <vodka at moscow-vernisage.com>
> To: "'Robert Brown'" <texas_roberttash at yahoo.com>
> Subject: RE: Flavored vodka
> Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 17:53:53 +0400
> 
> Dear Mr. Brown,
> 
>  
> 
> Our answer is based on works of specialist in
> history of Russian cuisine,
> Pokhlebkin. According to his book, we may give you
> the following
> information.
> 
>  
> 
> If we speak about some alcoholic beverages in
> general Russian vodka
> craftsmen tended to use some herbal additions during
> the reign of Ivan III
> in the XV century, 40-70s years in particular. The
> most frequently used herb
> was hop, which was added in quite great quantity
> during the process of
> boiling (so called soaking). And yet some other
> herbs such as St.-John wort,
> wormwood and caraway were supplemented. Moreover
> there was a special
> primarily product of non-plant culture - karluk (the
> sturgeon glue).
> 
>  
> 
> But if we shall step from the term "vodka" which
> first appeared in some
> governmental documents only during the reign of
> Empress Elizabeth we shall
> mention the Queen Catherine II government
> (1762-1796), when the nobility
> started to add various fruits and herbs to vodka to
> make it tasty. And yet
> there is a mentioning about the so called "anisette"
> - a kind of vodka
> infused on anise, which Peter the Great enjoyed
> most.
> 
>  
> 
> Could you be so kind to tell us the reason why you
> used that very date
> (1650), if some important event took place then, we
> might tell you in more
> details.
> 
>   
> 
> We are very pleased that you are interested in our
> national beverage and we
> hope that we managed to help you.
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Elena Knyzeva
> 
> Manager
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>   _____  
> 
> From: Robert Brown
> [mailto:texas_roberttash at yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2007 7:05 AM
> To: vodka at moscow-vernisage.com
> Subject: Flavored vodka
> 
>  
> 
> I am an amateur historian.  Is there any evidence of
> vodka being flavored,
> perhaps with fruit or herbs, prior to 1650?  I have
> not been able to locate
> many resources here.  Any direction or information
> would be appreciated.
> 
>  
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Robert Brown
> 
>   
> 
>


       
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