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Vodka

Popular Vodka Types: Plain Vodka | Flavoured 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.

Landy Freres Vodka - 1950s

Landy Freres

This is a rather imperial-looking bottle of Landy Freres Vodka, which we believe was produced in the 1950s. Fans of ornate bottles and very old vodka brands, rejoice! Please note that the label…  More info

Landy Freres Vodka - 1950s
$186.71

Hophead Hop Vodka

70cl, 45%
Anchor Distilling Company

From the Anchor Distilling Company out in San Francisco, California, comes a very interestingly-flavoured vodka, made with two types of hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington (both of which…  More info

Hophead Hop Vodka
$34.18

Todka Hazelnut & Toffee Vodka

70cl, 26%
Todka

A nutty variation on the Todka recipe, this flavoured vodka combines the sweetness of toffee and richness of hazelnut. Enjoy over ice, in a cocktail or poured over chocolate ice cream.  More info

Todka Hazelnut & Toffee Vodka
$17.90

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynówka Lemon - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Polmos Jozefow

Lemon-flavoured vodka from Poland, produced over 40 years ago in the 1960s. This bottle has gathered plenty of dust over the years, like all good antiques do.  More info

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynówka Lemon - 1960s
$149.37

Boris Jelzin Vanille Vodka

100cl, 37.5%
GCF

A sweet, creamy vanilla-flavoured French vodka, named after the first president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin.  More info

Boris Jelzin Vanille Vodka
$25.02

Prince Consort Imperial Vodka

70cl, 37.5%
Prince Consort

Hey look, it's a vodka with a red label.  More info

Prince Consort Imperial Vodka
$18.87

Borzoi Dry Imperial Vodka - 1970s

100cl, 0%
Borzoi

An unusual vodka, probably dating from the 1970s. Please note that the label does not state the ABV of this product and that it is being sold as a collectable item only, we make no warranty or…  More info

Borzoi Dry Imperial Vodka - 1970s
$186.71

Jemnà Czech Vodka - 1950s

70cl, 0%
Jemnà

This is a bottle of Jemnà Czech Vodka which we think was produced back in the 1950s. A very cool collectible, though the label has seen better days (presumably in the '50s). Please note that the…  More info

Jemnà Czech Vodka - 1950s
$224.06

Virtuous Vodka Bitter Lemon

70cl, 38%
Virtuous Vodka

Bitter lemon flavoured organic vodka from Virtuous, made with a base of rye spirit.  More info

Virtuous Vodka Bitter Lemon
$36.75

Virtuous Vodka Blond

70cl, 38%
Virtuous Vodka

100% rye organic vodka from Virtuous, supporting African Apes and a world full of diversity.  More info

Virtuous Vodka Blond
$36.75

Thompson's French Grape Bordelais Vodka

70cl, 40%
Thompson's

Grapes are brilliant. They're great puddings, they make wine and a number of other delicious drinks, including this very vodka you see before your eyes! Grapes are double distilled in the Bordeaux…  More info

Thompson's French Grape Bordelais Vodka
$36.26

Rutte Grain Vodka

70cl, 40%
Rutte & Son

Organic grain vodka from Dordrecht in the Netherlands - the first certified organic vodka in Europe - made with French winter wheat and triple-filtered local water.  More info

Rutte Grain Vodka
$31.07

Znaps Ginseng Vodka

70cl, 37.5%
Znaps

A pure vodka from Znaps' premium range made using ginseng in the production process to help achieve the desired smooth, mellow character.  More info

Znaps Ginseng Vodka
$27.11

Mambo Vodkalemon - 1970s

75cl, 32%
Magnoberta

An antique lemon flavoured Italian vodka from the Magnoberta company, in a rather handsome bottle. We believe the was produced all the way back in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Mambo Vodkalemon - 1970s
$124.48

Fabrica Ancora Vodka - 1950s

75cl, 44%
Fábrica Ancora

A rare, decorative bottle of Fabrica Ancora Vodka from Portugal, produced back in the 1950s. Very collectible and rather handsome. Look how angry that two-headed-bird on the label is! This bottle…  More info

Fabrica Ancora Vodka - 1950s
$224.06

Smirnoff Red 3l - 2000s

300cl, 40%
Smirnoff

A rather sizeable Smirnoff Red Label bottle, produced in the 2000s. One of the most well-known vodka brands around the world, we're sure a Smirnoff devotee will find a good place for this three litre…  More info

Smirnoff Red 3l - 2000s
$311.19

S. Faustino Lemon Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 35%
S. Faustino

A half-bottle of S. Faustino Lemon Vodka, produced in Italy in the 1970s. It also says "liquore freddo" on the front label, which means "cold liquor" in Italian, not some sort of homage to the…  More info

S. Faustino Lemon Vodka - 1970s
$124.48

Smirnoff Blue Label - 1980s (45.8%)

75cl, 45.8%
Smirnoff

An antique bottle of Smirnoff's higher proof 'Blue Label' vodka, in this case bottled at 45.8% abv in the 1980s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Smirnoff Blue Label - 1980s (45.8%)
$124.48

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1970s (75.7cl)

75cl, 37.5%
Vladivar

A bottle of Vladivar vodka from the decade that Har Mar Superstar was born! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1970s (75.7cl)
$149.37

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Żubrówka

An old bottle of Zubrowka's popular bison grass vodka thought to date from the 1990s and complete, as ever, with a piece of bison grass inside the bottle. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1990s
$99.58

Lednik Special Vodka

70cl, 40%
Glazov

A Russian vodka made with rye and wheat at Glazov, which is the oldest distillery in Udmurtia having been founded in 1900.  More info

Lednik Special Vodka
$21.40

Smirnoff Red - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Smirnoff

A 1980s bottling of Smirnoff Red, one of the most well-known vodkas around the world. Rather collectable indeed. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Smirnoff Red - 1980s
$124.48

Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Wolfschmidt

A rare bottling of Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka which we believe to have been produced back in the 1980s in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka - 1980s
$124.48

1906 Vodka

70cl, 40%
Stock

1906 Vodka comes to us via the long-running company, Stock. The name itself is a reference to a Polish spirit production plant which opened in that year, over 100 years ago!  More info

1906 Vodka
$20.29

Death's Door Vodka

70cl, 40%
Death's Door

Vodka from the Death's Door folks in Wisconsin. They use a combination of malted barley from Chilton, Wisconsin and Washington Island wheat to produce their vodka.  More info

Death's Door Vodka
$43.52

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