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Norwegian Vodkas

NORWAY The kingdom of the Vikings, who criss-crossed the seas of Northern Europe and even reached America well before Christopher Columbus, had to wait a long time before achieving independence. It became a province of Denmark in 1380, then became … Continue reading

29. April 2013 by admin
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Absolut: Vodka as a Concept

ABSOLUT: VODKA AS A CONCEPT The history of Absolut Vodka is doubtlessly one of the most fascinating in the long history of spirits. It serves as proof that, beyond the intrinsic qualities of the product, advertising and marketing are today … Continue reading

28. April 2013 by admin
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Kosher Vodka

KOSHER VODKA In spite of the size of the Polish Jewish community before its extermination by the Nazis, kosher vodkas are a relatively recent invention, with the exception of an episodic history in Silesia, where the distillation of plum eau-de-vie … Continue reading

27. April 2013 by admin
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Vodka in Poland: Authenticity and Diversity

POLAND: AUTHENTICITY AND DIVERSITY Along with its powerful neighbour, Russia, Poland is the “other” vodka-producing country, where vodka holds just as important a place in the history, culture, and daily life of the people. This is a country with a … Continue reading

26. April 2013 by admin
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Vodka Industrialization and Monopoly

INDUSTRIALIZATION AND MONOPOLY In the nineteenth century, the new technique of continuous distillation was introduced, making possible the production of purer vodka at much lower prices. The first continuous still was installed in 1871 at the Starogard distillery, which had … Continue reading

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Polish Vodka Brands and Styles of Vodka

Polish Vodka Brands Poland’s prolific production of vodka is complicated by the fact that different distilleries can make the same brand, in addition to making their own version of a general style, and can also have their own brands, many … Continue reading

24. April 2013 by admin
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Vodka Making Countries

Outside of Europe The development of vodka outside of Northern Europe, where it originated, is relatively recent, coming far later than that of other spirits like cognac and whiskey. It was only after World War II that vodka began to … Continue reading

23. April 2013 by admin
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Russian Vodka Brands and Styles of Vodka

Russian Vodka Brands The concept of a brand in Russia is not understood in the same way as it is in Western countries because of the long-standing manufacturing monopoly during the communist period. The names of the different vodkas produced … Continue reading

31. May 2012 by admin
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Vodka and Where it Comes From

Traditionally this is supposed to have originated in the 12th century, in the Russian fort of Viatka. The name was originally ‘zhiznennia voda’ (water of life) and the word ‘vodka’ or ‘wodka’ means ‘little water’. Vodka is pure spirit subjected, … Continue reading

16. December 2011 by admin
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How Smirnoff Conquered the World

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Smirnoff – Biggest Vodka Brand? By the end of the 1950s, Smirnoff had become an important brand name on the American market, and John Martin was already planning the company’s international expansion. He sent Rudolph Kunett, who had owned the … Continue reading

08. April 2011 by admin
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