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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)
$30.10

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
$41.37

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Limonnaya

Lemon flavoured vodka from Soviet Russia, that may well be the definition of cool, we don't know...  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s
$175.19

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Limonnaya

Straight from 1970s USSR, this lemon flavoured vodka is best served cold.  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s
$175.19

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl

50cl, 40%
Limonnaya

"Imported from the USSR", this is a very rare and collectible Russian vodka from the Limmonaya company. It boasts a crisp, tangy lemon flavour and is best served chilled. This was bottled in the…  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl
$116.80

Luksusowa Vodka

70cl, 40%
Luksusowa Branded Vodka

A very tasty and very creamy triple distilled vodka from Poland, made from Potatoes. Its name, Luksusowa, is Polish for "luxury vodka", so you know it's good.  More info

Luksusowa Vodka
2
$20.48

Mainstay Premium Cane Vodka

75cl, 43%
Mainstay

A South African vodka, distilled from molasses. Mainstay was awarded the Vodka Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2007.  More info

Mainstay Premium Cane Vodka
2
$29.97

Mambo Vodkalemon - 1970s

75cl, 32%
Magnoberta

An antique lemon flavoured Italian vodka from the Magnoberta company, in a rather handsome bottle. We believe the was produced all the way back in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Mambo Vodkalemon - 1970s
$146.00

Mamont Vodka

70cl, 40%
Mamont

This is the first batch of Mamont - a 5 times distilled Siberian vodka, filtered through Siberian rock. There are just 6,000 cases in the world, and the bottle is shaped to look like a mammoth's tusk.  More info

Mamont Vodka
5
$39.33

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
$40.57

Masons Yorkshire Vodka

70cl, 42%
Masons

Masons Yorkshire Vodka was released around the same time in 2015 as the Yorkshire Tea and Lavender variations of Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin. Perfect for those vodka-based cocktails you've been thinking…  More info

Masons Yorkshire Vodka
$44.56

Michel Adam f. Vodka

70cl, 40%
Wielkopolska Wytwornia

This luxury vodka has been created under the careful eye of Michel Adam Lisowski, the Polish-born president of FashionTV. It is four-times distilled in Poland before being bottled.  More info

Michel Adam f. Vodka
$35.58

Millennium 2000 Vodka

50cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

A Polish vodka from Polmos Siedlce, bottled especially for the millennium.  More info

Millennium 2000 Vodka
$26.89

Monaco Vodka

70cl, 40%
Munich Distillers

Have a guess at where Monaco Vodka comes from... That's right, Germany! This is a stylish German vodka from Munich Distillers, who also have a bar in the same premises they distil their vodka, which…  More info

Monaco Vodka
$48.35

Moskova Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Moskova

A beautiful Russian vodka made from the very best grains and demineralised water. A great all-rounder, Moskova is a great mixer…  More info

Moskova Vodka
$18.80

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
$21.69

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
$47.08

Motörhead Vödka 40th Anniversary Special Edition

70cl, 40%
Grapes Svenska

If Motörhead single malt and Motörhead Shiraz aren't for you, perhaps Motörhead Vödka is what you've been waiting for? This is a 40th aniiversary edition of this Swedish vodka made from wheat grown…  More info

Motörhead Vödka 40th Anniversary Special Edition
$48.60

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
$35.08

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
$40.13

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
$31.27

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
$19.94

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
$20.32

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
1
$42.53

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
$24.64

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