Vodka has somewhat of an ambiguous history with scholars in disagreement over its origins. Both Poland and Russia claim that the distilled beverage originated in their country. With little written record available, the true beginnings of vodka will probably never be known. However, there are a few sources that suggest that the earliest production of vodka took place in Russia during the 9th century. Vodka, at the time, was significantly different than what it is today with a different taste and texture and was originally intended as medicine. The alcohol content was also far lower then and only estimated at about 14 percent as that was the maximum amount that can be obtained from natural fermentation. Regardless of the true origins of vodka, it is the Russians that have refined it over the years to produce a one-of-a-kind taste and flavor that cannot be replicated by brands claiming to be of Russian origin despite being distilled and bottled elsewhere. This is what sets Ruskova apart from other vodka labels. Ruskova is a true Russian vodka that is distilled in the region of Nizhniy Novgorod. Ruskova is a product manufactured under Anson Imports and is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Lazanovitch. It was Lazanovitch's vision to bring to America a brand of vodka that is truly of Russian origin and not merely American vodka slapped with a Russian looking label. The story began in 2005 when Lazanovitch established Anson Imports with the goal of developing a true Russian vodka using his father's recipe, which has been passed down from generation to generation. During the developmental process, Lazanovitch ventured from one Russian distillery to another in hopes of producing the perfect vodka. It was on his trip to the 9th distillery, the one in Nizhniy Novgorod, that he came up with the end product that he was looking for. This is the vodka that would become Ruskova. Lazanovitch's next goal was to bring the Ruskova brand to America, the first shipment of Ruskova was imported to Florida and Georgia and sales quickly took off. Today, the brand is available in 36 states. Ruskova has won the Double gold medal awarded by San Francisco International Spirit competition. As well as winning many other prestigious awards. Lazanovitch has recently announced that Ruskova has gone through a complete label modification and repackaging. The brands new look is more in tune with the new modern Russia. However, buyers will continue to enjoy the same beverage and at the same competitive price.