Perm vodka distillery "PermAlko" excursion
probably there is no stronger Russian cliche than the country's most adored
drink. Ever since the spirit appeared over a millenium ago, there has been a
quarrel between the Russians and the Polish about who invented vodka first.
Some say that the Polish started producing vodka using potato whereas the Russians
used grain. Nevertheless, it is a fact that nowhere in the world more vodka
is produced and consumed than in Russia. There are over a thousand registered
brands of vodka in Russia, not taking into account the probably even larger
number of "samagon" - the notorious home-made version, which is illegally
sold everywhere. Although, during its long history of consumption, vodka has
probably brought as much grief (alcoholism) as it brought joy, it has undeniniably
integrated with Russian culture in many ways. Even today, no celebration goes
are a few leading distilleries in Russia of which PermAlko, Perm's largest
distillery, is one. Apart from local brands such as "Great Perm",
"Old Ural", "Permskiy Krai", "Dimidovskaya"
and "Permskaya Luxe", PermAlko also produces vodka for export
among which are "Moskovskaya", "Smirnoff" and "Stolichnaya".
The factory started producing vodka since 1895. Later, PermAlko also
started producing a number of variations on plain vodka, for example:
cranberry vodka, honey vodka, peppered vodka and several balzams. Balzam
is a spirit varying from 25 to 50 percent alcohol, which is made using
a large number of herbs and spices as a main ingredient for taste.
the 2-hour excursion at PermAlko, you are told about the factory and
its products. The guide explains you about the distillation process
of vodka - from water, sugar and grain until the bottled product - as
he/she takes you past the different sections of the distillery. At the
end of the tour, you are invited to the 'tasting room' to sense the
flavours and aromas of different vodkas. There, in the form of a small
lunch, you will be offered the typical snacks that Russians traditionally
take with consuming vodka. And naturally you will not leave the distillery
without a big souvenir...!
Excursion possible Monday-Thursday, apart from national holidays
|Duration: 2 hours
Prices p.p. in euro
(€), subject to change
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