|Vodka is the national
Russian liquor and the word itself, being aboriginally
Russian, derives from the word "water". Russians
distilled Vodka as far back as the tenth century. In the
eleventh century vodka distilleries were built. They were
called vinokurnia. One of them, the Khlynov distillery,
is mentioned in the year 1184 in the Vyatka Chronicle.
Information about vodka can be found in Russian folk tales,
legendry and reminiscences of a number of foreigners living
in Ancient Russia (the English poet D. Fletcher in the
fourteenth century and the Austrian ambassador S. Gerberstein
in the sixteenth century). In 1427 the first excise tax
for export was introduced.
In 1505 the first export of Russian Vodka was registered
for the first time.