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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.

Kalinska Imperial Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Kalinska

Kalinska Imperial is an English vodka distilled from molasses. It has a distinctive flavour, and is intended as a mixer.  More info

Kalinska Imperial Vodka
$22.07

Kalinska Imperial Vodka 1.5l

150cl, 37.50%
Kalinska

A 1.5 litre version of Kalinska Imperial vodka. This is a cheap and cheerful mixer distilled from molasses.  More info

Kalinska Imperial Vodka 1.5l
$41.61

Kauffman Hard Private Collection Vintage Vodka

70cl, 40%
Kauffman

Distilling his vodka a whopping 14 times and filtering it twice was Dr. Kauffman's way to fulfil his aspirations of making a truly excellent spirit. This edition is titled Hard because it's more…  More info

Kauffman Hard Private Collection Vintage Vodka
$72.40

Kauffman Soft Private Collection Vintage Vodka

70cl, 40%
Kauffman

Kept in a bottle that looks like a prototype of the Gherkin, this Kauffman Soft Private Collection has been distilled 14 times before being filtered twice, once through birch coal and then again…  More info

Kauffman Soft Private Collection Vintage Vodka
$72.40

Keglevich Vodka - 1949-1959

75cl, 40%
Stock S.p.A. di Trieste

A very old bottle of Keglevich Vodka, made by Stock in Trieste at some point between 1949 and 1959, presented in an interesting bottle that we think looks like a still (or perhaps we just think about…  More info

Keglevich Vodka - 1949-1959
$217.37

Keglevich Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Stock S.p.A. di Trieste

Better known these days for their garish flavoured vodkas, the history of Keglevich actually dates back to 1882 when they began producing this Italian vodka in Trieste based on the recipe of a…  More info

Keglevich Vodka - 1960s
$144.92

Ketel One Citroen Lemon Vodka

70cl, 40%
Ketel One

A Dutch lemon vodka, Ketel One Citroen is made with natural citrus, and is remarkably fresh. Based around the superb Ketel One vodka.  More info

Ketel One Citroen Lemon Vodka
$29.58

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
$28.72

Ketel One Vodka

70cl, 40%
Ketel One

A Dutch vodka produced at a distillery owned by a family-run business which was started in 1691. This was released in the UK in 1999 and has a great flavour profile.  More info

Ketel One Vodka
4
$27.55

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
$29.53

Kirov Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Halewood International

This is a bottle of Kirov Vodka, which is made in England, presumably in the style of Russian vodka.  More info

Kirov Vodka
$16.75

Konik's Tail Vodka

70cl, 40%
Konik's Tail Ltd

A small batch Polish vodka made with three different grains. It is complex and very well balanced. It is named for Konik, which is a primitive Polish horse. Legend has it that just a glimpse of this…  More info

Konik's Tail Vodka
22
$39.04

Kord Zubrovka - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Kord

Kord produced this curvy bottle of Zubrovka vodka in the 1980s. It's flavoured with bison grass and, like its modern counterparts, even features a blade of bison grass in the bottle. A neat Czech…  More info

Kord Zubrovka - 1980s
$115.93

Koskenkorva 013 Vanilla

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

The top-quality Finnish vodka, Koskenkorva 013, which has been flavoured with vanilla, giving the pure spirit a sweet, smooth palate.  More info

Koskenkorva 013 Vanilla
$30.77

Koskenkorva 013 Vodka

70cl, 40%
Koskenkorva

Made using continuous distillation, the spirit used from Koskenkorva 013 is said to be distilled over 250 times before it is bottled. As you can imagine, this creates an exceedingly high quality…  More info

Koskenkorva 013 Vodka
1
$28.66

Koskenkorva Blueberry

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

Finnish vodka, flavoured with sweet, subtle notes of blueberry. Koskenkorva is made using continuous distillation, resulting in a high quality spirit. Create a twist on classic vodka cocktails or…  More info

Koskenkorva Blueberry
$24.79

Koskenkorva Lingonberry

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

The lingonberry is often used in jams and other traditional treats, but Koskenkorva would rather use it in their vodka than put it on their toast, an idea that we can certainly get behind.…  More info

Koskenkorva Lingonberry
$24.71

Koskenkorva Nordic Berry

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

Nordic Berry-flavoured Koskenkorva Vodka, an excellent, high-quality spirit made with the glacial water and specially selected grain. The berries were harvested from Scandinavian forests and have…  More info

Koskenkorva Nordic Berry
1
$24.26

Krakus Exclusive Polish Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos

A premium Polish vodka from top producer Polmos, Krakus Exclusive is made from carefully selected cereals and crystal clear water.  More info

Krakus Exclusive Polish Vodka
$33.75

Kremlyovskaya Vodka 37.5%

70cl, 37.50%
Kremlyovskaya

Known to some as the "Toast of New Russia", Kremlyovskaya is a triple distilled vodka which shares it's name with the main street of the city of Kazan. This is a 37.5% ABV bottling.  More info

Kremlyovskaya Vodka 37.5%
$32.78

Kulov Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Kulov

Cool off with Kulov, that's their slogan. And nothing cools us down better than a glass of vodka, apart from lemonade, mmm yummers. This is pure tasting, and it works well in cocktails.  More info

Kulov Vodka
$21.56

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
$217.37

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
$40.84

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)
$29.88

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
$41.07

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