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Russian World War II Cognac

This bottle of Cognac was given to me from a russian soldier/student that I befriended on a school trip to St. Petersburg in 2001. I have had it in my possession since then and recently moved some boxes around and found it again. I was told that it was given to his grandfather from the russian government after world war II but can not find any information on line to confirm/refute. I would assume that it is worth a pretty penny if it is real.

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Other
Condition: 
Good
Medium: 
A bottle of Cognac
Distinguishing marks: 
CCCP Symbol
Date Period: 
Post World War II
Size and dimensions of this item: 
0.5 liter bottle
Weight: 
2 lbs
History: 
Given to me on a trip to St. Petersburg in 2001
For Sale?: 
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kathyBeh's picture
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Does it have a production year on the bottle? Good Cognac does. The screw top throws me, does the box have a UPC code bar? Russian alcohol is readily available in the USA.

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No UPC code on the box or bottle. The bottom of the bottle says "Made in USSR Liquor Bottle" in English. There is no date to be found on the bottle or the box.

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Interesting. I have learned that this is Brandy, you can only technically make cognac in France. Armenia has been known as a grape-growing country for over 3500 years. They started making brandy there in 1887, using recipes and technology similar to the French ones.

Are there any stars on the bottle or label? They used stars as dates, 5 star 5 years old etc.

See if you can get up with this Russian guy named Scomorokh, his website is: http://www.scienceofdrink.com/2008/01/13/back-in-the-ussr-or-sidecar-for...

Bottom of his page you can comment, leave him a link to photos here and info. He might be able to help you at least i.d. the brand/date. Good Luck !

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I am very much agree with u it is really awesome region but due to my cisco training I could not visit it more than once

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi!

Really this beverage is not cognac or brandy. It is liqueur (cordial)-like sweet infusions called "ashberry with cognac". Actually this beverage contain berry-infusion on grain alcohol (as rule), berry juice and some young grape spirits (brandy) or wine-materials, sugar, coloring agent. In USSR-time it was so prestige (and relatively quality) potion for woman. In present moment is so cheap booze, but some manufacturer produce interesting product (Nemiroff Cranberry with brandy, I think you may find this one on American market).

Your bottle is so rare but not very. I think it was produced in end 80 - middle 90. You may seek date of production on cap, contra-label or shoulder of bottle. If you can get more sharp photos of label and bottle I can help you. The pentagonal sign is sign of USSR certification system, it called "the sign of quality", but now many producers use this (or similar) sign for our products.

scomorokh (www.scienceofdrink.com)

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