Vodka from Russia
Whether the Russians or the Poles invented vodka will probably always remain a controversial question.
In any case, the Russians recognized the enormous sales potential of vodka very early on and raised the monopoly on production.
Compared to beer, wine or kvass (a slightly alcoholic drink made from fermented bread), vodka was not part of people's daily lives and religion - yet consumption spread rapidly over time.
Under Ivan the Terrible, the first drinking houses were opened in Moscow (Kabaks) in 1552 - to toast in his honour.
Superfluous rye was used for the production of Russian vodka for a long time and is still used today. A soft and round taste is characteristic of rye vodka.
*regular prices = former selling prices