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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.

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