Friday, March 07, 2008

Русский Стандарт

Today's Tea will feature Russian Standard vodka, straight (pun intended, WL) from St. Petersburg.

From the manufacturer's website:

Russian Standard Original is recognised throughout its native homeland as the ultimate benchmark for all Russian vodkas. Conforming to Professor Mendeleev's original formula, it is a superbly smooth spirit with a pure taste that maintains the characteristic “bread” flavour of traditional Russian vodka.

The unique shape of its specially textured bottle—reflecting the depth of the product's Russian personality—is inspired by the 200 tonne bell commissioned by Tsarina Anna I, which stands at the foot of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in Moscow.

Featuring Dmitri Mendeleev's signature as a mark of its absolute authenticity and historic ancestry, Russian Standard Original's striking packaging presents a dramatic evocation of Russia's Imperial past and the culturally important place vodka holds in Russian life.

Russian Standard original is the finest expression of traditional Russian vodka.

Mendeleev (Дми́трий Ива́нович Менделе́ев, Dimitriy Ivanovich Mendeleyev), the originator of the Periodic Table of the Elements? Yes, the very one!
Here's the story:

In 1893, he was appointed Director of the Bureau of Weights and Measures. It was in this role that he was directed to formulate new state standards for the production of vodka. His fascination with molecular weights led him to conclude that to be in perfect molecular balance, vodka should be produced in the ratio of one molecule of ethyl alcohol diluted with five molecules of water, giving a dilution by volume of approximately 38% alcohol to 62% water. As a result of his work, in 1894 new standards for vodka were introduced into Russian law and all vodka had to be produced at 40% alcohol by volume.


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