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  • Robert Brown
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 15, 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@...> wrote:

      > From: "Tochieva V.B" <vodka@...>
      > To: "'Robert Brown'" <texas_roberttash@...>
      > 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,
      >
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      >
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      > _____
      >
      > From: Robert Brown
      > [mailto:texas_roberttash@...]
      > Sent: Sunday, July 29, 2007 7:05 AM
      > To: vodka@...
      > 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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    • lorddonal
      The book referred to is the _History of Vodka_ By William Pokhlebkin, published 1996 by Verso, ISBN 0860913597. Donal
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 16, 2007
        The book referred to is the _History of Vodka_ By William Pokhlebkin,
        published 1996 by Verso, ISBN 0860913597.

        Donal

        --- In sca_brew@yahoogroups.com, Robert Brown <texas_roberttash@...>
        wrote:
        >
        > 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@...> wrote:
        >
        > > From: "Tochieva V.B" <vodka@...>
        > > To: "'Robert Brown'" <texas_roberttash@...>
        > > 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.
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