Drive to Monaco almost 100 years later It will not be right not mention the method of delivery of the Bottle No.1. The Russo-Baltique Vodka will repeat the route of Andrey Nagel with the difference that this will happen in spring. It is natural enough that this car will be from the former Russo-Balt which now is known under the name of PROMBRON. The matter is that in 1915 the Russo-Balt factory was evacuated to St.Petersburg where it started to manufacture armored vehicles for the Russian Army.
The AutoCad Company started production in 1998 and manufactured its first armored vehicle Combat-T-98. In accordance with the order made by Mrs. Abdurazakova a car is being assembled for the show so that arrange delivery of the Russo-Baltique Vodka to Monaco. In the same place the presentation of this car and handing of the keys to the promoter will take place.
Indeed, it is the hand assembled armored vehicle stuffed with all kinds of features including glazing tinting with gold that is another glamorous invention of the spoilt daughter of the oilman from Kazakhstan.
There was pure military spirit which drivers mixed with snow on the way.
So was born RussoBaltique Vodka.
This story about Vodka commenced in the city of Riga at the RUSSO-BALTIQUE Railway Car Factory located at Valmieras Street. Those times this factory was one of the largest car manufacturer in the world. Even famous Rolls-Royce manufactured less cars than RUSSO-BALTIQUE. As in nowadays, a car needed some good PR. However, in the past PR techniques were not so advanced as in our days, therefore, Andrey Nagel, a Russian journalist, simply had to drive the car. In December 31, 1911, in the frosty winter evening, he started his travel by car made in Russo-Balt not to somewhere, but directly to Monaco(for this occasion the car was renamed RUSSO-BALTIQUE). It was winter and Prince Louis of Monaco decided to hold a rally so that to enliven the winter life of the city-casino. It should be kept in mind that it was the year of 1911 and then cars were not equipped with conditioners and wind screens as well. His way to Monaco Nagel drove by cabriolet. There were many articles about the carriage and skill of the crew as well as about the quality and reliability the car. However, there was a tiny detail that had never appeared in the press: workers from RUSSO-BALTIQUE presented Nagel a small flask with vodka before his departure to Monaco. The vodka assisted the crew to meet the goals set. Of course, the crew did not confine themselves to consuming only one flask. But this flask was kept in Nagel's breast pocket and it was the exact duplicate of the car’s radiator guard.
On the square in front of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, prince Louis awarded the participants of the rally. The crew from RUSSO-BALTIQUE was received three awards and one of them was for the longest route completed. On Nagel's return to Russia, he was awarded the Order of St.Anne 3rd cl. by Tsar Nicholes II.
In 2008, 100 years have passed since the RUSSO-BALTIQUE Factory was established and, therefore, a decision was made to commemorate the centenary. An order and financing to held the commemoration activities came from the steppes of Kazakhstan because the extravagant daughter of an oilman from Kazakhstan decided to find a use for the dad's money. There was made a solution to launch a new product under the name of RUSSO-BALTIQUE VODKA and thus create a new family of RELIQUE VODKA brand.
This Vodka brand is not for drinking because it is the brand of the vodka to be received by succession. It is the vodka that will be a part of the family artwork collections. Why should we drink the vodka which is regarded as artwork? But everyone knows it that there are so many brands of vodkas for drinking in the world. Of course, we can tell stories about special diamond filters or exotic products like whale spermaceti used in production of vodkas, however, all this is beyond our understanding and so vague. Therefore, the RUSSO-BALTIQUE VODKA will take is place among the family collections of artworks, in the finest sense of the word.
Mrs. Abdurazakova has entrusted Leonard Yankelovich, keeper of the Vodka Museum, the self-proclaimed academician of the Vodka Sciences, to supervise this project. Having studied the market of superior and ultra-superior vodkas Leonard was the first to suggest the idea how to immortalize the Vodka for ages. The design of this project will be carried out by Alexander Borg.
The Russo-Baltique Vodka... nevertheless the question is why?
So the Vodka will be bottled into an exact replica of the Nagel's flask which traveled with him from St. Petersburg to Monaco. However, it should be taken into account that it will contain the ultra-superior vodka. It is planned to make 625 flasks by the number of the cars manufactured at Russo-Balt.
All flasks will be made of gold coins (tschervonts) of the Russian Empire coined in 1908-1912, as you can remember his car was manufactured at those times.. By doing so, we will try catching the spirit of the times. Who knows, perhaps, it were just one of the gold coins which was touched by Nagel or it was just that coin which Nagel spent for vodka before his travel to Monaco.
Besides that, this flask will be the exact replica of the radiator guard used for the Russo-Balt cars. Riga Motor Museum will vouch for the authenticity of the mentioned radiator guard. Presently, this Museum is one of two places where ancient Russo-Balt cars have been exhibited.
The flask cap made of white and yellow gold will be embellished with the Russian Imperial double headed eagle and encrusted with diamonds.
The back of the flask will be embellished with the embossed picture of Andrey Nagel made of white gold, the route from St.Petersburg to Monaco will be encrusted with diamonds and various awards. Superior vodka cannot be without awards.
A bottle will bear reduced copies of the Order of St.Anne, Emblem of the Russian Imperial Motor-Car Society and Imperial Quality Mark (those times this mark had another name).
The bottle will be placed in the glass cube made of 30 cm bulletproof glass.
But this is not all.