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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.

Moskovskaya Osobaya Vodka

70cl, 38%
Moskovskaya

Moskovskaya Osobaya is a Russian vodka which has been made using traditional Russian methods. Moskovskaya translates to Muscovite, which we assume is in reference to its birthplace of Moscow, not the…  More info

Moskovskaya Osobaya Vodka
$21.43

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
$46.51

Mozart Chocolate Vodka

70cl, 40%
Mozart Distillerie

Previously known as Mozart Dry, Mozart Chocolate Vodka is made with a chocolate macerate created with cacao and vanilla, which is distilled to create a wonderfully clear, subtly drying vodka. Not as…  More info

Mozart Chocolate Vodka
1
$34.66

Naked Chase Vodka

70cl, 42%
Williams Chase

A wonderful English vodka made with apples from their Herefordshire orchards. Naked Chase is a pure, fresh vodka, with a hint of apple on the nose.  More info

Naked Chase Vodka
$37.82

NB London Dry Citrus Vodka

70cl, 40%
NB Distillery ltd

From the makers of the wonderful NB Gin comes NB London Dry Citrus Vodka. Yep, you read that right. This vodka is flavoured in the same way a London dry gin would be, then blended with water down to…  More info

NB London Dry Citrus Vodka
$30.89

New Amsterdam Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam Vodka comes from the US of A and is five times distilled and triple filtered to achieve the desired purity of flavour and mouth feel. It takes its name from the history of New York,…  More info

New Amsterdam Vodka
$19.70

Odessa Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
G&J Distillers

Odessa Vodka is a Ukrainian style vodka, named after the major seaport city in the south of the country. For extra purity, the vodka is filtered, and then filtered again, and then once more. Third…  More info

Odessa Vodka
$20.08

Ogilvy Vodka

70cl, 40%
Ogilvy Spirits

Ogilvy Potato Vodka comes to us via Ogilvy Farm up in Scotland, made with their own potatoes and their John Dore & Co. still - the whole production process is completed on site!  More info

Ogilvy Vodka
$42.01

Paderewski Vodka

70cl, 40%
Old Distillery

A Polish grain-based vodka named after Ignactius Jan Paderewski, a well-loved pianist and diplomat - there's a monument to Paderewski in Warsaw's Ujazdów Park.  More info

Paderewski Vodka
$24.35

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
3
$27.29

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s

50cl, 40%
Polmos

Vodka from off of the '70s. 'Koszerna' is the Polish for kosher.  More info

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s
$93.75

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynówka Lemon - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Polmos Jozefow

Lemon-flavoured vodka from Poland, produced over 40 years ago in the 1960s. This bottle has gathered plenty of dust over the years, like all good antiques do.  More info

Polmos Jozefow Cytrynówka Lemon - 1960s
$173.07

Polmos Mazowiecka Zytnia (Mazonvoan Rye Vodka) - 1970s

50cl, 40%
Polmos Warszawa

A rare and old bottle of Polish rye vodka from the 1970s.  More info

Polmos Mazowiecka Zytnia (Mazonvoan Rye Vodka) - 1970s
$93.75

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Polmos Warszawa

This is a crisp, intense pepper-flavoured vodka from Poland. It has a vibrant pink hue and was bottled in the 1960s. Very collectible.  More info

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s
$216.34

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
$216.34

Polmos Siedlce Lagodna

50cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

A Polish vodka, flavoured with a selection of dried herbs, fruits and caramel. Rather sweet with some depth at the core.  More info

Polmos Siedlce Lagodna
$19.27

Polmos Wedkarska Vodka - Zlota Rybka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Warszawa

'Wedkarska' is Polish for 'fishing', whilst 'Zlota Rybka' means 'goldfish'! This vodka, produced by Polmos Warszawa, is flavoured with pepper to add a little extra warmth. The bottle itself…  More info

Polmos Wedkarska Vodka - Zlota Rybka
$64.90

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992

150cl, 40%
Polmos Poznan

Wyborowa vodka is produced at the Polmos Poznan distillery with this 150cl bottling coming from the days when it was still run by Poland’s state spirit monopoly, before the distillery's acquisition…  More info

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992
$115.38

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 1l - 1970s

100cl, 45%
Polmos Poznan

A 1 litre bottling of Wyborowa polish vodka dating from the 1970s.  More info

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 1l - 1970s
$144.23

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 75cl - 1970s

75cl, 45%
Polmos Poznan

Wyborowa Polish rye vodka from the 1970s.  More info

Polmos Wódka Wyborowa 75cl - 1970s
$115.38

Polugar Classic Rye Spirit

70cl, 38.50%
Rodinov & Sons

A classic rye "breadwine" spirit from Polugar, based on a Russian Vodka recipe from over 100 years ago. Using coarse-milled rye grain which is triple distilled in copper pot stills, then clarified…  More info

Polugar Classic Rye Spirit
$69.50

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
$43.07

Potocki Vodka

70cl, 40%
Potocki

Potocki is a high-quality Polish vodka produced using locally-sourced rye from the fields around the distillery in central Poland. The vodka is double distilled and bottled at 40% ABV without…  More info

Potocki Vodka
$39.10

Premium Krupnik Vodka

70cl, 40%
Krupnik

A classically styled Polish vodka from the Krupnik range, which you may be more familiar with from the well-loved Old Krupnik Honey Liqueur.  More info

Premium Krupnik Vodka
$23.70

Prince Consort Imperial Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Prince Consort

Hey look, it's a vodka with a red label.  More info

Prince Consort Imperial Vodka
$21.86

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