Following my very recent exploits of producing a vodka drink, I was intrigued to see an article in the Independent on Sunday (20.11.05) on Russian vodka. The introduction to the article reads:
Where once Russian aristocrats vied to make the finest vodkas on their estates, post Soviet oligarchs are following. Now they're planning a full scale Western invasion ...
"The relationship between a Russian and a bottle of vodka is almost mystical."