The first written record of the word “vodka” comes from Poland in 1405, as a part of the court documents “Akta Grodzkie “ from the Palatinate of Sandomierz. During that time, vodka was not widely used as a drink, but more as a medicinal substance for sterilizing wounds, numbing injuries and as a cosmetic cleanser. During 1400s, Polish people stopped looking at vodka solely as a medical ingredient, and started consuming is as a recreational spirit. This popularity grew, and mass production distilleries were formed all around Poland. Encouraged by high profit margins and large demand, distilleries were created all across Poland for the next two centuries, and exports to dozens of surrounding countries, and few distant ones, became more and more popular.