Kamchatka Vodka, Ever Heard Of It? Last year was a record-breaking year for high-proof alcohol sales in Ohio. And the leader of the pack was Kamchatka Vodka. It beat out Jack Daniels, Bacardi and Smirnoff. But Kamchtka Vodka has virtually no name recognition.
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Kamchatka Vodka, Ever Heard Of It?

Kamchatka Vodka, Ever Heard Of It?

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Last year was a record-breaking year for high-proof alcohol sales in Ohio. And the leader of the pack was Kamchatka Vodka. It beat out Jack Daniels, Bacardi and Smirnoff. But Kamchtka Vodka has virtually no name recognition.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

David "Cricket" Shaw, of the Library Bar in Columbus, Ohio, says you might drink it without knowing it.

M: Say you just walk into a place and you just order a cranberry and vodka, you're getting that. Usually, it's the house - or the well, they call it.

INSKEEP: Kamchatka vodka is named after a Russian peninsula that sticks out into the Pacific Ocean, but it is actually distilled in Kentucky.

M: Saying it's good may be an overstatement; you don't do shots with it. It's a mixer.

INSKEEP: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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