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Vodka

Unquestionably a supremely popular spirit, vodka is enjoyed around the globe thanks to its incredible versatility and, surprisingly, even its variation of flavour. Whilst typically enjoyed in the West as a means of adding spirit to mixed drinks, thanks to the superb quality and attention-to-detail found in craft vodkas produced around the world, flavoursome premium and small batch vodka is really burgeoning on the drinks scene.

As with anything universally popular, the origins of vodka are hotly disputed, though most agree that its beginnings lie either in Poland or Russia. Ancient records date vodka production in Russia centuries ago, with a number of early pharmaceutical lists referencing the “vodka of bread wine”. The earliest recorded use of the term “vodka” was in 1405, in a set of Polish court documents in which it was placed alongside medicines and cosmetics.

In Eastern Europe and the Nordic countries, vodka is traditionally consumed neat, differing from the Western world where it is usually mixed. The word itself derives from the Slavic “voda”, meaning water, etymologically linking the term with whisky (which comes from the Gaelic “uisge beatha”, the Scandinavian term akvavit from the Latin “aqua vitae” and French “eau-de-vie” - all meaning water of life). It seems that a great number of spirits from around the world were once thought to be elixirs of life, containing mystical properties.

Prior to the 1950s, vodka was very rarely drunk outside of Europe, but thanks to its easily mixed flavour profile (and appearance), by 1975 sales of vodka in America had surpassed those of bourbon.

Cossack Vodka - 1974

75cl, 37.50%
Moscow Distillery Cristall

J & J Vickers produced the wonderful Cossack Vodka not in Russia but in London. This rare bottling comes from 1974.  More info

Cossack Vodka - 1974
$158.30

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Limonnaya

Lemon flavoured vodka from Soviet Russia, that may well be the definition of cool, we don't know...  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s
$158.30

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Żubrówka

Zubrówka is famous for putting a single blade of bison grass (harvested in the only primeval forest left in Poland), this bottle is from the 1980's and is highly collectable.  More info

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1980s
$131.92

Zorza Vodka

70cl, 40%
Zorza

Premium Vodka - excellent on the rocks, or sipped neat.  More info

Zorza Vodka
$36.41

Eristow Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Eristoff

The story goes that this vodka was created for the Georgian prince, Nikolai Alexandrovich Eristoff, in 1806 and the recipe was passed down through his family when he fled Russia during the…  More info

Eristow Vodka - 1970s
$158.30

Slovoka Sloe & Vodka - 1970s

70cl, 30%
Slovoka

Sloe gin may be popular these days but in the 1970s they were experimenting with sloes and vodka, as you can see here.  More info

Slovoka Sloe & Vodka - 1970s
$131.92

Verlof Vodka - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Verlof

This is a rare and collectible bottle of vodka from the Verlof brand. It was produced in Spain in the 1970s.  More info

Verlof Vodka - 1970s
$197.88

Wyborowa Vodka - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Wyborowa

This is a 1970s bottling of the popular Polish vodka, Wyborowa. It is a rye vodka, distilled twice in pot stills.  More info

Wyborowa Vodka - 1970s
$131.92

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Polmos Warszawa

This is a crisp, intense pepper-flavoured vodka from Poland. It has a vibrant pink hue and was bottled in the 1960s. Very collectible.  More info

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s
$197.88

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl

50cl, 40%
Limonnaya

"Imported from the USSR", this is a very rare and collectible Russian vodka from the Limmonaya company. It boasts a crisp, tangy lemon flavour and is best served chilled. This was bottled in the…  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl
$105.53

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992

150cl, 40%
Wyborowa

Wyborowa vodka is produced at the Polmos Poznan distillery with this 150cl bottling coming from the days when it was still run by Poland’s state spirit monopoly, before the distillery's acquisition…  More info

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992
$105.53

Imperial Stefanof Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Buton

A 1960's bottling of Imperial Vodka.  More info

Imperial Stefanof Vodka - 1960s
$131.92

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s

50cl, 40%
Polmos

Vodka from off of the '70s. 'Koszerna' is the Polish for kosher.  More info

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s
$105.53

Soroka Vodka - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Boaka

This elegant bottling of Boaka's 1970s Soroka vodka is very rare and was produced for the German market.  More info

Soroka Vodka - 1970s
$158.30

Yurinka Vodka - 1970s

100cl, 37.50%
Larios

An old bottling of Yurinka Vodka. It was made in Spain and sports a traditional-looking coat of arms and blocky font on the label. The 1970s may not have been great for vodka label design, but the…  More info

Yurinka Vodka - 1970s
$197.88

Voskaya Vodka 1.5l - 1960s

150cl, 40%
Voskaya

A rare 1.5 litre bottling of vodka produced in Italy during the 1960s!  More info

Voskaya Vodka 1.5l - 1960s
$237.45

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 75cl - 1970s

75cl, 45%
Wyborowa

Wyborowa Polish rye vodka from the 1970s.  More info

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 75cl - 1970s
$158.30

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 1l - 1970s

100cl, 45%
Wyborowa

A 1 litre bottling of Wyborowa polish vodka dating from the 1970s.  More info

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 1l - 1970s
$197.88

Bolskaya Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Bols

Bolskaya Vodka from the 1960s, poroduced in the Netherlands by the clever people at Bols.  More info

Bolskaya Vodka - 1960s
$131.92

Romanoff Lemon Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 32%
Principe Dimitri

The two headed bird on the label of this Romanoff Lemon Vodka, made by Principe Dimitri in the 1960s, has wings covered in crests of even more two headed birds. Pretty fancy, right?  More info

Romanoff Lemon Vodka - 1960s
$197.88

Alexander Colors Lemon Vodka

70cl, 38%
Bottega

Alexander Colors Lemon Vodka is a smooth, delicate flavoured vodka from Italy. Enjoy it ice cold for a fresh, exciting tipple.  More info

Alexander Colors Lemon Vodka
$35.49

Grey Goose 4.5l

450cl, 40%
Grey Goose

Oh boy! A huge four and a half litre bottle of this now classic premium vodka. We're going to need a bigger ice bucket!  More info

Grey Goose 4.5l
$467.21

Ciro Frassineti Vodka - 1949-59

Frassineti

We think that this bottle of Italian vodka made by Ciro Frassineti in Bologna was produced between 1949 and 1959, putting it at over 50 years old! Unfortunately the label has sustained a tiny bit of…  More info

Ciro Frassineti Vodka - 1949-59
$197.88

Relsky Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Relsky

Relsky Vodka from the 1960s, featuring a rather happy looking chap on the label with a great big bushy beard that would suit a police officer in a quiet village in the South West of England.  More info

Relsky Vodka - 1960s
$158.30

Tvarscki Extra Dry Vodka - 1963

95cl, 40%
The American Distilling Co

Tvarscki Vodka was made by the American Distilling Co. in 1963, when this bottle was produced, although the brand is now owned by a different American company. This is a full quart of American vodka.  More info

Tvarscki Extra Dry Vodka - 1963
$237.45

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