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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.

Legend of Kremlin (50cl)

50cl, 40%
ITAR

A riveting super-premium Russian vodka, Legend of Kremlin is made using high-quality grains and soft water from their own artesian well. One to sip and savour. This is a 50cl bottling.  More info

Legend of Kremlin (50cl)
$29.91

Wratislavia Vodka

50cl, 40%
Wratislavia

Don't you just love when a bottle is as beautiful as the spirit inside it? Wratislavia Vodka is a well made Polish vodka, filtered many times to obtain a pure, elegant palate. As if that wasn't…  More info

Wratislavia Vodka
4
$38.47

U'Luvka Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
U'Luvka

A very stylish gift pack of U'Luvka Polish Vodka, made with rye, barley and wheat. Alongside the uniquely shaped bottle, there are two handsome glasses which have no bases, harking back to an old,…  More info

U'Luvka Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$48.07

Blavod Original Black Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Blavod

Blavod was created with the thought that you can choose to have your coffee either white or black, why should the same not apply to vodka? The result is this black vodka, distilled from molasses. The…  More info

Blavod Original Black Vodka
5
$23.92

Smirnoff Black

70cl, 40%
Smirnoff

Smirnoff Black is a special vodka made in copper pot stills, distilled from Russian grains, and filtered through silver birch charcoal. Very smooth and supple.  More info

Smirnoff Black
10
$24.40

RubyBlue Vodka - Whiskey Cask Finished

70cl, 40%
Hughes Craft Distillery

A limited edition release of RubyBlue Vodka, made in Ireland with a base of potatoes, which has interestingly been finished in whiskey casks! Only 700 bottles were produced.  More info

RubyBlue Vodka - Whiskey Cask Finished
$47.10

Absolut Mango

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A stunningly fruity, intense vodka from Absolut, flavoured with Mango. This was launched in 2007, and is juicy and full-bodied. We thoroughly recommend this in a lovely Summery cocktail.  More info

Absolut Mango
1
$22.63

Ciroc Vodka 1.75l

175cl, 40%
Ciroc

A 1.75 litre bottle of Ciroc Vodka, made with French grapes which are harvested when frozen. Following this, the vodka is distilled five times to achieve the desired level of purity and fantastic…  More info

Ciroc Vodka 1.75l
$88.18

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition with Leather Case

70cl, 40%
Beluga

A special release from Belgua, produced to honour the Russian transatlantic racing team and their successes! This full 70cl bottle comes with a stylish leather presentation case.  More info

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition with Leather Case
$55.31

Ghost Vodka - Gold

70cl, 40%
Ghost Vodka

First things first: Ghost Vodka is distilled at a haunted salt depot in Cambridge. That. A premium British vodka made from sugar beet it's available in a choice of three skull colours, this being the…  More info

Ghost Vodka - Gold
$33.92

Eristoff Vodka 1.5l

150cl, 37.50%
Eristoff

A 1.5 litre bottle of Eristoff vodka, a triple distilled vodka named for Prince Eristoff of Georgia in 1806.  More info

Eristoff Vodka 1.5l
3
$43.46

Cristalnaya Vodka

70cl, 38%
Cristalnaya

Cristalnaya is a fabulous Russian vodka with an intensely creamy, smooth palate. Distilled from top quality grains, and a secret blend of botanicals, this is triple-distilled and makes for a great…  More info

Cristalnaya Vodka
$27.14

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka Hunter Flask with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dębowa

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka presented inside an oak-look 'hunter' flask! You also get two shot glasses in this gift pack.  More info

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka Hunter Flask with 2x Glasses
$64.73

Wokka Fusion Vodka

70cl, 40%
Wokka

Wokka fusion vodka is a small batch vodka mixed with fine imported Japanese sake, and flavoured with Asian fruits.  More info

Wokka Fusion Vodka
$39.64

J.A. Baczewski Monopolowa Vodka

70cl, 40%
J.A. Baczewski

J.A. Baczewski Monopolowa is a potato vodka with a long history that dates back to 1782, when the Baczawski opened it's first distillery near Lvov. Over the years, the Austrian vodka has impressed…  More info

J.A. Baczewski Monopolowa Vodka
1
$32.64

V Gallery Cucumber Vodka

50cl, 21%
V Gallery

This V Gallery Cucumber Vodka is a delicious flavoured vodka which has uses spirit that has been 5 times distilled. Technically, cucumbers are fruit, which makes this a fruit flavoured vodka. You…  More info

V Gallery Cucumber Vodka
$19.28

Akvinta Organic Vodka

70cl, 40%
Akvinta

A delicious Croatian vodka, triple-distilled in Italy using Italian wheat. This is then filtered through charcoal, marble, silver, gold and platinum. You can almost taste the deliciously/almost…  More info

Akvinta Organic Vodka
$37.45

Finlandia Vodka

70cl, 40%
Finlandia

A very good vodka from Finland, Finlandia is a great premium vodka, made with glacial spring water.  More info

Finlandia Vodka
7
$21.72

Black Leaf Premium Organic Vodka

70cl, 40%
Black Leaf

Produced in Cognac, France, Blackleaf Premium Organic Vodka is a 5-times distilled vodka made from organic winter wheat. Following its distillation process, the producers filter the spirit through…  More info

Black Leaf Premium Organic Vodka
$46.25

Marquis Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

Polish Marquis Vodka is made from specially selected rye and distilled in Europe's tallest column stills at the famous Polmos Bialystok distillery.  More info

Marquis Vodka
2
$40.31

Eristoff Black

70cl, 20%
Eristoff

Named for the Eristoff family, which originated in what is now Georgia. This is the Black variant, with a wild berry flavour.  More info

Eristoff Black
$20.63

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
1
$229.51

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)
$118.27

Russian Standard Gold

70cl, 40%
Roust Inc

Russian Standard Gold combines the clean, classic mouth-feel of their high-quality winter wheat-based vodka with subtle flavours stemming from the inclusion of Siberian ginseng extracts - this is…  More info

Russian Standard Gold
$34.28

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Polmos Warszawa

1960s Pepper Vodka from Polmos! Warming and eminently collectible Polish vodka, possibly great with steak? Preferably not a 1960s steak though.  More info

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s
$217.59

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