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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vodka to Make Putin Feel at Home

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- Demonstrators planned to attack President Vladimir Putin over his policies in Chechnya during his visit to the Bush family's oceanfront retreat in Maine. But Maine Distilleries planned to welcome him with bottles of vodka.

The distillery was delivering eight bottles of its pricey Cold River Vodka to Putin and the seven members of his delegation, said Bob Harkins, the company's chief executive, who planned to personally drive the vodka to Kennebunkport.

"This is kind of a fun thing," Harkins said Friday. "We have an opportunity to provide the president of Russia and his delegation with a gift of a local, Maine, handcrafted vodka."

Harkins would like to think that the vodka would be served up during Putin's talks with President George W. Bush, but the U.S. president is a teetotaler and Putin is rarely seen imbibing.

At $32.99 a bottle, Cold River is aimed at the top of the shelf occupied by super-premium vodkas like Grey Goose and Chopin. Made from Maine potatoes and water from an aquifer fed by the Cold River, it is distributed across the six New England states and three other states.