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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.

St. George Green Chile Vodka

75cl, 40%
St. George Spirits

Looking for the perfect vodka for a Bloody Mary? You've found it. The St. George Green Chile Vodka packs a vibrant, evocative and subtly spicy punch. To make it, the Californian distillers fill their…  More info

St. George Green Chile Vodka
1
$44.97

Rock Sea Vodka

70cl, 40%
Isle of Wight Distillery

A vodka from the Isle of Wight made with a small amount rock sea salt to evoke the fresh sea air and the saltiness on your lips after a day at the coast, or indeed sailing on the surrounding waters!  More info

Rock Sea Vodka
$43.76

St. George California Citrus Vodka

75cl, 40%
St. George Spirits

A bright, juicy Citrus Vodka from St George Spirits in California. They source Valencia oranges, Seville oranges and bergamot, all of which are infused separately into a non-GMO base spirit and…  More info

St. George California Citrus Vodka
1
$44.97

Aivy White Pear, Strawberry And Mint Triple Flavoured Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Cariel

A flavoured vodka from Franska Bukten (French Bay) in Sweden. This is flavoured with pears, strawberries and mint, and it's rather delicious. Aivy is particularly good as a summer spirit for a…  More info

Aivy White Pear, Strawberry And Mint Triple Flavoured Vodka
$26.34

St. George All Purpose Vodka

75cl, 40%
St. George Spirits

The St. George Spirits chaps out in California, USA, have only gone and made their own vodka! As the name suggests, this is a perfect spirit to build any number of cocktails around. To make it, St.…  More info

St. George All Purpose Vodka
1
$44.97

Ciroc Peach

70cl, 37.50%
Ciroc

A peach of a flavoured vodka from Ciroc, advertised and enjoyed by the rap chap Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy. Made from a base of grapes which are harvested while frozen, then distilled 5 times for…  More info

Ciroc Peach
$32.79

Ursus Vodka 1l

100cl, 40%
Ursus Vodka Company

Ursus is a clean, refreshing Dutch vodka, which you might know as the spirit at the heart of Ursus Roter. What are those polar bears doing on the label? Just chillin'.  More info

Ursus Vodka 1l
$31.26

Absolut Craft Herbaceous Lemon

70cl, 41%
Absolut Company

The Absolut Craft range was launched for bartenders in 2012, after the Swedish vodka company hired Nick Strangeway, mixology extraordinaire, to create three fantastic expressions. This is the…  More info

Absolut Craft Herbaceous Lemon
$42.14

Stolichnaya Salted Karamel

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

Salted Caramel Stoli! A Russian vodka flavoured with one of the greatest snacks of all time.  More info

Stolichnaya Salted Karamel
$24.34

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition

70cl, 40%
Beluga

A special edition bottling of Russian vodka from Beluga, produced in honour of the Russian transatlantic sailing team and their successes in competitions.  More info

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition
1
$51.42

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
$684.82

Smirnoff Blue No 57 Export Strength (50%)

70cl, 50%
Smirnoff

Just like the classic Smirnoff Red Label, Smirnoff Export Strength is triple distilled and filtered ten times for its distinctive purity. Their blue label Export Strength variant, however, is bottled…  More info

Smirnoff Blue No 57 Export Strength (50%)
$26.72

V Gallery Toffee Fudge Vodka

50cl, 21%
V Gallery

Mmmm, toffee fudge flavoured vodka from V Gallery. It's like liquid pick-a-mix!  More info

V Gallery Toffee Fudge Vodka
3
$19.31

Legend of Kremlin

70cl, 40%
ITAR

Legend of the Kremlin vodka is superbly well packaged, super-premium Russian vodka made from top quality grains and soft spring water. It is actually supplied to the Russian parliament, such is the…  More info

Legend of Kremlin
2
$41.16

Ciroc Amaretto Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Ciroc

Another delicious flavour of Ciroc Vodka - oh Puff Diddy, you are spoiling us! The Amaretto flavour features classic Ciroc vodka, made with French grapes, distilled five times and infused with…  More info

Ciroc Amaretto Vodka
$34.62

Davna Czeri - Polish Cherry Vodka

50cl, 38%
Davna Vodka

A very tasty Polish fruit vodka, Davna Cherry is made by macerating cherries from the East and South of Poland for 2 weeks in top quality vodka. It is then rested for a full year in oak barrels…  More info

Davna Czeri - Polish Cherry Vodka
4
$18.57

Roberto Cavalli Vodka Chameleon Edition

70cl, 40%
Roberto Cavalli

A limited edition bottling of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's vodka, presented in a bottle which looks to be different colours dependent on the light and the angle at which you view it - hence the…  More info

Roberto Cavalli Vodka Chameleon Edition
$60.71

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
$36.46

Sacred Organic Vodka

70cl, 40%
Sacred Spirits Company

Produced by the award-winning microdistiller Ian Hart, this vodka from the Sacred company is made on Highgate Hill in London and it was certified organic by the Soil Association in 2009.  More info

Sacred Organic Vodka
2
$35.48

Ghost Vodka - Silver

70cl, 40%
Ghost Vodka

Haunted vodka. Well, the distillery in Cambridge is said to be haunted at least, the spirit produced there from sugar beet is far from a horror though. We love the simple bottle design too, available…  More info

Ghost Vodka - Silver
$34.15

Valt Single Malt Vodka

70cl, 40%
Valt

Valt is a lovely Scottish vodka, made using a quintuple micro-distillation technique, which is unique to Valt. It is distilled from malted barley, and it is sweet and very creamy.  More info

Valt Single Malt Vodka
13
$31.32

Stolichnaya Gold

70cl, 40%
Stolichnaya

The classic Stolichnaya Gold is a great Russian vodka made from wheat and rye. In 2008 Stoli Gold was awarded a Gold medal at The Vodka Masters, it is an incredibly smooth vodka, and is really great…  More info

Stolichnaya Gold
2
$26.61

Pincer Vodka

70cl, 38%
Pincer Vodka

A nicely packaged vodka, Pincer is infused with the flavours of Wild Elderflower, and Milk Thistle. The result is a creamy, herbal vodka, made with Scottish mountain water. The spirit has been…  More info

Pincer Vodka
4
$27.58

Chase Extra Peated Islay Whisky Cask Aged Vodka

70cl, 46%
Williams Chase

An extra peated edition of Chase's Islay Whisky Cask Aged Vodka. The distillers in Hereford have experimented with casks that previous held peated whisky before, with some wonderfully intriguing…  More info

Chase Extra Peated Islay Whisky Cask Aged Vodka
$48.69

Polugar No.2 - Garlic & Pepper

50cl, 38.50%
Rodinov & Sons

A flavoured spirit from Poland, based on very old Russian Vodka recipes. Polugar No.2 is produced using rye and wheat distillates and flavoured with garlic and pepper - ought to make for an excellent…  More info

Polugar No.2 - Garlic & Pepper
1
$43.62

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