The first mention of the word "vodka" in the Russian language, referring to alcoholic beverages was recorded in 1431. It didn’t become a widely known alcoholic beverage in Russia until the 16th century. However, the word "vodka" worldwide is still associated primarily with Russia. Admittedly, the Russian distilleries have reached unprecedented heights in the production of the drink. Over time, production technology has changed, but the taste and effects of vodka on the body remain the same.
Nowadays, many distilleries use various tricks to make the taste (as much as this is applicable to a 40% ABV drink consisting of water and alcohol) of its products softer and give it certain notes to stand out from other distilleries.
Some of them pass vodka through charcoal (birch, oak or walnut) filters, others pay special attention to the raw material from which the spirit is made (the best is natural grain), and still others add extracts of various plants, such as tilia, dandelion, currant, or melissa. There are even those who combine all of these improvements in their products.
Of course, the easiest place to buy vodka is in a Duty Free Store right before your flight, but if you want something really unusual, you can surprise your friends or family with a specially shaped bottle, or one in an original case. This will cost you more, but will also bring happiness and will be remembered for a long time.
Manufacturers’ imaginations know no bounds in terms of the variety of package types and bottle shapes. Tanks and automatic rifles, porcelain maidens and glass fish, flowers, trees, state symbols, birch bark boxes, and even cases in the shape of Faberge eggs! You will definitely find the right blend of shape and contents for you!
Souvenir vodka is sold in retail stores and on the websites of distilleries (such as Ladoga company) and in alcohol supermarkets, as well as in some souvenir shops clever enough to obtain a license to sell spirits.
The Russian rules for exporting alcohol contain no restrictions (within "personal consumption" norms), but this advantage is nullified by the restrictions on import, which are enforced in other countries.
Be sure to determine the maximum amount of alcohol you can bring into your country in order to avoid unpleasant situations. It is best to keep the receipt confirming your purchase or put it in the package of your brand new bottle. Avoid buying counterfeit products (i.e. make purchases at large stores, make sure there is an excise duty stamp on the bottle) - the US, the EU, and the majority of other countries will not let unauthorized alcohol in.