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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 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.

Plain Vodka

Often fairly neutral in flavour, many commercial Vodkas can be mixed with pretty much anything. This is often due to numerous distillations and filtrations which popular vodkas (such as Smirnoff or Russian Standard) undergo, with advertising campaigns regularly flaunting a particular Vodka as being the “purest”.

Here at Master of Malt, however, we like our Vodka to be complex and bursting with flavour, and Vodka really can do both. It all begins with the base ingredient.

Poland, one of the motherlands of Vodka, tends to use either rye or potatoes. Popular rye vodkas include Belvedere or Wyborowa, and are notable for their bread-like sweetness and hints of spice. Potato vodkas on the other hand (brands such as Luksusowa, Chopin, or the English brand, Chase) tend to have a creamy, buttery, grainy character.

Scandinavian and Russian vodkas tend to be distilled from cereal grains such as wheat or barley. Sweden’s Absolut, for example, is a wheat vodka with a soft aniseed-like flavour with a little spice. For barley vodka, Finlandia, produced in Finland, offers nutty flavours and lasting spice.

For something completely different, France’s Ciroc is actually made of grapes, and is a rounded, fruity spirit.

Flavoured Vodka

Nowadays, the use of quality flavouring ingredients such as fruit and spice result in a variety of fine flavoured vodkas which allow for numerous fascinating and delicious mixed drinks.

For splendid examples of fruit-flavoured vodkas, try Davna Cherry Vodka or some of the fruity spirits in the English Vodka Company’s range.

For spicy vodka, Absolut Peppar works nicely in cocktails, or, if you’re feeling truly brave, have a sip of the exceedingly hot Naga Chilli Vodkas from The ‘Hot Enough’ Vodka Company.

Belvedere Intense Vodka 1l

100cl, 50%
Belvedere

Belvedere Intense is a travel retail release of the famous Polish vodka, made with Dankowskie rye, double filtered through charcoal and bottled at a higher abv of 50%.  More info

Belvedere Intense Vodka 1l
$69.98

Crystal Head Vodka 3l

300cl, 40%
Crystal Head

Regard the magnificence that is a jeroboam bottle of Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka. No, really, regard it. This is a 3 litre bottle of award-winning vodka, which is filtered through 500 million…  More info

Crystal Head Vodka 3l
$307.94

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Methuselah 6l

600cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

A massive methuselah of Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka. That's 6 litres of 5-times-distilled, winter-wheat-based vodka, with 23-carat gold flakes from Switzerland floating in it! Yeah, this is awesome.…  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Methuselah 6l
$679.40

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Jeroboam 3l

300cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

This is a 3 litre jeroboam bottle of Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka, made with five-times distilled winter rye. It also has 23-carat gold leaves from Switzerland floating in it, which is pretty cool,…  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Jeroboam 3l
$319.28

Imperial Collection Gold

70cl, 40%
Imperial Collection

Imperial Collection Gold is a super-premium Russian vodka which recently took two prestigious awards from the Vodka Masters Competition. It's a superb spirit which is made with the soft waters of…  More info

Imperial Collection Gold
2
$42.26

East London Liquor Company Small Batch Grain Vodka

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

An English vodka from the East London Liqour Company, based in the old glue factory in Bow Wharf, made with 100% British wheat spirit distilled using their copper pot still.  More info

East London Liquor Company Small Batch Grain Vodka
$25.19

Royal Dragon Elite Vodka

70cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

Made from the finest organically-grown winter harvest rye grain, which is then five times distilled and placed in a pretty awesome bottle. Excellent over ice or in cocktails. Sadly, if you gather…  More info

Royal Dragon Elite Vodka
$46.34

Faberge Imperial Collection Vodka

70cl, 40%
Faberge

A superbly packaged Russian vodka, beautifully bottled in Italian glass from Venice.  More info

Faberge Imperial Collection Vodka
2
$229.28

Michel Adam f. Vodka

70cl, 40%
Wielkopolska Wytwornia

This luxury vodka has been created under the careful eye of Michel Adam Lisowski, the Polish-born president of FashionTV. It is four-times distilled in Poland before being bottled.  More info

Michel Adam f. Vodka
$46.68

Chase Cognac Cask Aged Marmalade Vodka - Batch 1 (Limited Edition)

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

The Chase distillers have been maturing a portion of their first batch of vibrant, zesty Marmalade Vodka in a Cognac cask for the last four years, and now it's ready to enjoy! The maturation has…  More info

Chase Cognac Cask Aged Marmalade Vodka - Batch 1 (Limited Edition)
$118.15

Ciroc Apple

70cl, 37.50%
Ciroc

A delightfully sweet addition to the Ciroc range, unveiled in late 2015. Top quality vodka made with French grapes that are harvested when frozen, distilled 5 times and this time it's been flavoured…  More info

Ciroc Apple
$36.17

55 Above – Coconut

70cl, 35%
55 Above

This coconut-flavoured expression from the 55 Above range ought to be a good addition to any tropical cocktails you've been thinking of making. Try it with a chocolate-y liqueur and you could name it…  More info

55 Above – Coconut
$35.39

English Spirit Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka

50cl, 26.50%
English Vodka Company

Something for those with a sweet tooth, this is an Old Fashioned Toffee flavoured English Spirit Vodka, made with a recipe that includes five caramelised sugars. Excellent in a coffee, a pudding or a…  More info

English Spirit Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka
$25.91

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka Barrel (Black Hoops)

100cl, 40%
Dębowa

Polish oak vodka presented in an oak barrel! This one has black bands and contains 1 litre of vodka.  More info

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka Barrel (Black Hoops)
$69.43

V Gallery Mango Crush Vodka

50cl, 21%
V Gallery

What did V Gallery use to crush the mangoes for their tasty Mango Crush Vodka? We like to imagine it's great big hammers like Gallagher.  More info

V Gallery Mango Crush Vodka
$19.26

U'Luvka Magnum Gift Pack with 6x Glasses (1.75l)

175cl, 40%
U'Luvka

A massive bottle of U'Luvka Polish vodka, made from rye, barley and wheat, along with six glasses and a booklet containing cocktail suggestions! Whilst a normal magnum bottle would be 1.5 litres,…  More info

U'Luvka Magnum Gift Pack with 6x Glasses (1.75l)
$115.96

Karlssons Gold

70cl, 40%
Karlssons

This was created by Börje Karlsson, the Master Swedish Blender who came up with Absolut vodka's unique recipe. This particular vodka is distilled from new potatoes and, unusually for vodka, is only…  More info

Karlssons Gold
1
$38.92

Absolut Electrik - Blue

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

One of the many wonderful limited edition presentations of Absolut Vodka - the Electrik bottlings are very shiny indeed, presented in a colbalt blue and a metallic silver. This is the 70cl colbalt…  More info

Absolut Electrik - Blue
$25.46

Absolut Craft Smokey Tea

70cl, 44%
Absolut Company

The Absolut Craft range was introduced in 2012, comprising of three flavoured vodkas created for the renowned Swedish vodka brand by Nick Strangeway, mixology extraordinaire. These were originally…  More info

Absolut Craft Smokey Tea
$43.00

Abnormal Vodka

70cl, 40%
Abnormal

Abnormal Vodka comes to us from Slovenia, presented in a rather unusual bottle (which is quite apt, considering the name). A grain based vodka good for using in mixed drinks and cocktails.  More info

Abnormal Vodka
$31.61

Brecon Five Black Vodka

70cl, 43%
Penderyn

Brecon Five Vodka is a lovely Welsh vodka from the folks that make Penderyn whisky. This is five-times distilled and charcoal filtired, made with pure glacier water and just a hint of barley spirit…  More info

Brecon Five Black Vodka
1
$33.61

Absolut Electrik - Silver

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

One of the many wonderful limited edition presentations of Absolut Vodka - the Electrik bottlings are very shiny indeed, presented in a colbalt blue and a metallic silver. This is the 70cl…  More info

Absolut Electrik - Silver
$25.46

55 Above – Toffee

70cl, 35%
55 Above

From the 55 Above Vodka range comes this rich, sweet, rather decadent toffee flavoured expression. Served cold, this would make for a delicious accompaniment to a chocolate-y dessert.  More info

55 Above – Toffee
1
$35.39

Spirit of Hven Organic Vodka

50cl, 40%
Spirit of Hven

A unique vodka made from certified organic cereals, which is cask matured before a final pot distillation. Owing to the oak maturation, this vodka has a round and full mouthfeel with real flavour.…  More info

Spirit of Hven Organic Vodka
$44.62

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka 1l

100cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

A 1 litre bottling of Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka. This is created using winter rye distilled 5 times, and is then combined with edible 23-carat gold leaves from Switzerland. A wonderfully presented…  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka 1l
$103.51

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