Cotton – money – Bible – money – Brandy

by far and away the best response to lecture three ever….


Added December 2014, as its lecture three again, this possibly apocryphal stub from the wiksters…

“The storehouses of the Romanov Court in St. Petersburg were regarded as the largest collections of cognacs and wines in the world with much of it from the Transcaucasus region of Georgia. During the October Revolution of 1917, upon the storming of the Winter Palace, the Bolshevik Revolution actually paused for a week or so as the participants gorged on the substantial stores of cognac and wines. The Russian market was always a huge brandy-consuming region in which home-grown varieties were common but much of it was imported. The patterns of bottles followed that of the western European norm. Throughout the Soviet era, the production of brandy was a source of pride for the communist regime as they continued to produce some excellent varieties, especially the most famous Jubilee Brandies of 1967, 1977, and 1987. Remaining bottles of these productions are highly sought after, not simply for their quality, but for their historical significance”

I want to relate this to the Pagoda Rum story I am working on and spoke about at CSSSC Kolkata earlier this month. It will expand from this and this so as to link the market, bibles, brandy and the Serampore Pagoda… More soon…