Today, vodka ranks number one on the popularity scale of all the spirits in the world, and yet the true vodka is and will always be Russian. After all, Russia is its mother country. The first products of grain distillation came out of Russia as early as the 14th century. They named their unmistakable spirits with loving irony after the diminutive Russian word for "water" and were well aware of its distinctive taste and character.

In 1890 this deeply traditional, prototypically Russian substance was finally subjected to the quality standards we know today. Chemist Dimitri Mendeleev, father of the periodic table, took on the problem of vodka and compacted its elements into a groundbreaking formula – one whose crucial secret ingredient, namely the true Russian character, is known only to real vodka enthusiasts.