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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.

Smirnoff Vanilla

70cl, 37.50%
Smirnoff

Smirnoff Vodka, triple distilled and known worldwide, flavoured with the essence of vanilla, which has imparted a sweet, subtly floral flavour profile to the back bar classic.  More info

Smirnoff Vanilla
$21.44

Killer Queen Vodka

70cl, 40%
RnR Brew Ltd

Killer Queen Vodka was released in honour of Freddie Mercury in 2014, 40 years after Queen hit the charts with their smashing single 'Killer Queen'. Freddie Mercury was quite the vodka fan according…  More info

Killer Queen Vodka
$29.57

Ivan The Terrible Vodka

70cl, 40%
Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible Vodka, it's not actually terrible though, it's really rather good, made with infusions of buckwheat honey and cedar nuts. Delicious.  More info

Ivan The Terrible Vodka
$39.84

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka

70cl, 40%
Dębowa

A Polish vodka from Debowa, which even includes a strip of wood resting in the spirit, similar perhaps to bison grass vodka. Creamy, refreshing and quite flavoursome.  More info

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka
$30.49

Absolut Citron

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A citrus flavoured Swedish vodka, Absolut Citron is flavoured with lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit.  More info

Absolut Citron
2
$22.11

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynowka Lemon

70cl, 40%
Polmos Jozefow

A Polish rye vodka flavoured with selected lemon peel and also lemon leaves. The result is a crisp and tasty lemon vodka.  More info

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynowka Lemon
$24.72

Absolut Elyx

70cl, 42.30%
Absolut Company

Produced using grain exclusively from the Råbelöf estate in Sweden, Absolut's Elyx is a premium expression from the esteemed vodka specialists. They distil this single estate vodka using a hand…  More info

Absolut Elyx
2
$44.13

Distil No. 9

70cl, 40%
Staritsky Levitsky

A grain vodka from Staritsky Levitsky produced in batches of 9,999 bottles, said to be a modern take on a traditional Ukrainian recipe.  More info

Distil No. 9
$30.20

Ketel One Oranje

70cl, 40%
Ketel One

Top quality orange-flavoured Dutch vodka from Ketel One's range, made with essences from Valencia oranges grown in Brazil and Florida, as well as Mandarin oranges from Italy. Tasty served neat or…  More info

Ketel One Oranje
$28.75

Motörhead Vödka

70cl, 40%
Grapes Svenska

Ooöoh, would you look at this - vodka from one of the most well known and well loved rock and roll bands in the world, the one and only Motörhead. This vodka was distilled in the small Swedish market…  More info

Motörhead Vödka
$46.79

Leopold's Silver Tree Vodka

70cl, 40%
Leopold Bros

A small batch American vodka. This is made in numbered batches, distilled from potatoes, malted summer wheat and malted barley. Each batch is limited to 5 cases, distilled under the careful eye of…  More info

Leopold's Silver Tree Vodka
$41.11

Belvedere Cytrus

70cl, 40%
Belvedere

Belvedere Cytrus is a citrus flavoured Polish vodka. The lemons are grown in groves near Murcia in Spain and the limes are grown nearby in south east Spain. The vodka is flavoured with the peels,…  More info

Belvedere Cytrus
$39.52

J.A.Baczewski Hazelnut Vodka

50cl, 38%
J.A. Baczewski

A hazelnut flavoured liqueur from experienced Austrian vodka distillers J.A. Baczewski. They use roasted hazelnuts as well as a touch of chocolate and their potato-based vodka to create this rather…  More info

J.A.Baczewski Hazelnut Vodka
$21.48

Debowa Black Oak

70cl, 40%
Dębowa

Debowa Black Oak is a Polish vodka that has been infused with coffee, chocolate and cinnamon. We assume that Debowa used those three flavours not because the alliteration, but because they taste…  More info

Debowa Black Oak
1
$34.70

Blackwater Copper Pot Still Vodka

50cl, 40%
Blackwater Distillery Ltd.

Premium Irish gin produced in a copper pot still, which they also load with a little of the tails from their gin distillation to improve the mouthfeel of the finished spirit. Each run takes nearly 12…  More info

Blackwater Copper Pot Still Vodka
$30.15

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1.5l

150cl, 37.50%
Whyte & Mackay

A magnum bottle Vladivar, a thrice distilled, charcoal filtered Scottish vodka from Whyte and Mackay.  More info

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1.5l
$36.60

Skyy Premium Vodka

70cl, 40%
Skyy

A premium vodka from America, this is distilled using four column stills, before undergoing a triple filtration. Skyy is made with Californian water.  More info

Skyy Premium Vodka
3
$21.19

Aivy Black Lemon, Blackcurrant And Mint Triple Flavoured Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Renaissance Brands BV

Aivy is a Swedish brand of superbly creamy, rich flavoured vodkas. Aivy Black is a triple-flavoured spirit, flavoured with mint, lemon and blackcurrant. The result is great in cocktails.  More info

Aivy Black Lemon, Blackcurrant And Mint Triple Flavoured Vodka
$25.87

Chase English Oak Smoked Vodka

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

A very limited run of just 1,000 bottles, Chase make this superb vodka with English potatoes. The spirit is smoked with English oak for a exquisitely robust, evocative flavour.  More info

Chase English Oak Smoked Vodka
7
$40.56

Smirnoff Lime

70cl, 37.50%
Smirnoff

Smirnoff Lime is crisp and tangy. It is made using pot still vodka, which is filtered through seven tons of charcoal!  More info

Smirnoff Lime
$21.44

Absolut Vanilia

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A lovely fresh and clean vanilla flavoured vodka. Absolut Vanilia has a rich, buttery flavour with hints of cocoa and plenty of fresh vanilla.  More info

Absolut Vanilia
$22.36

Finlandia Blackcurrant

70cl, 40%
Finlandia

The famous vodka from Finland made using six-row barley and glacial spring water. This vodka has been flavoured with blackcurrants for a fruity twist.  More info

Finlandia Blackcurrant
$22.01

Alchemia Wisniowa (Cherry)

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

Cherry flavoured vodka from the Alchemia range! Good quality Polish rye-based vodka and wild Polish cherries make this a juicy treat that goes well in mixed drinks (particularly with cola...).  More info

Alchemia Wisniowa (Cherry)
$27.98

Belvedere Vodka with Light 6l

600cl, 40%
Belvedere

A delicious pure-tasting Polish rye vodka, Belvedere is distilled four times! This giant 6 litre bottle comes with a light in it which is very cool. We've also included a picture of Brandy, the…  More info

Belvedere Vodka with Light 6l
4
$402.74

Stolichnaya Vanil

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

Stoli Vanil is a vanilla flavoured vodka from Stolichnaya. Distilled from winter wheat and made with glacial water, it is flavoured with Madagascan and Indonesian vanilla beans.  More info

Stolichnaya Vanil
$23.56

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