Samogon Camoroh Russian Grappa
From the “wine monopoly” of Ivan the Terrible to the alcohol reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev, restrictions on alcohol production and sales in Russia put manufactured spirits out of reach for much of the population. As a result, “common people” began to produce their own spirits, which they called “samogon.”
“Samogonschiki” used whatever they had available in sufficient quantity for distillation - fruits and vegetables, grains and sugar, even wood! Their process was relatively simple and often took place right in the kitchen or back yard. The resulting spirit would be enjoyed with friends and neighbors or, particularly in rural areas, used as currency in exchange for other goods or services.
By using only high quality ingredients and some modern techniques, Master Distiller Valeriy Stepanovich was able to create a samogon of consistently high quality in quantities sufficient for distribution.
-From the producer