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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.

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka Gift Pack with 3x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Beluga

Beluga Noble is a top-notch Russian vodka which is triple filtered and very subtly flavoured with a touch of honey and extracts of milk thistle and oat. If you're planning on gifting Beluga Noble to…  More info

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka Gift Pack with 3x Glasses
$43.25

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition

70cl, 40%
Beluga

A special edition bottling of Russian vodka from Beluga, produced in honour of the Russian transatlantic sailing team and their successes in competitions.  More info

Beluga Vodka Transatlantic Racing Special Edition
1
$51.06

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
$55.32

Belvedere 007 Collectors Edition 1.75l

175cl, 40%
Belvedere

A 1.75 litre collectible bottle of Belvedere Vodka - produced in Poland using one particular type of rye grain and distilled four times to achieve it's excellent mouth-feel and subtle flavour…  More info

Belvedere 007 Collectors Edition 1.75l
$130.11

Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka

70cl, 40%
Belvedere

A very spicy, intense vodka from Belvedere, this was especially created for use in a tasty Bloody Mary, and is made by a maceration of seven key ingredients: black pepper, horseradish, bell pepper,…  More info

Belvedere Bloody Mary Vodka
$44.62

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

Belvedere Intense Vodka 1l

100cl, 50%
Belvedere

Belvedere Intense is a travel retail release of the famous Polish vodka, made with Dankowskie rye, double filtered through charcoal and bottled at a higher abv of 50%.  More info

Belvedere Intense Vodka 1l
$70.05

Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka 1l

100cl, 40%
Belvedere

A refreshing, summer-y flavour of Belvedere - Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka is made by steeping green tea, black tea, chamomile, lemongrass, honey, ginger, lemon and rosebud in their Polish vodka. A…  More info

Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka 1l
$74.96

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit

70cl, 40%
Belvedere

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit is made with real fruit, and pure Polish vodka. The result is a crisp, flavousome fruit vodka, released in 2010.  More info

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
4
$40.49

Belvedere Pure Vodka

70cl, 40%
Belvedere

Polish Vodka distilled from only one particular strain of Rye. Absolutely smashing on its own, but this really does make a marvelous Vodka Martini.  More info

Belvedere Pure Vodka
1
$36.86

Belvedere Pure Vodka 1.75l

175cl, 40%
Belvedere

Poland's best loved vodka, Belvedere, is distilled from a particular strain of Polish rye. It's delicious over ice, or in a Vodka Martini. This is the 1.75 litre size.  More info

Belvedere Pure Vodka 1.75l
$124.27

Belvedere Unfiltered

70cl, 40%
Belvedere

Belvedere Unfiltered is the result of using 100% "Single Estate" Dankowskie Diamond Rye to make vodka. This grain is baker's grade so not only can you make vodka out of the stuff you can also bake a…  More info

Belvedere Unfiltered
1
$47.38

Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka 1.75l

175cl, 40%
Belvedere

Belvedere Unfiltered is the result of using 100% "Single Estate" Dankowskie Diamond Rye to make vodka. This grain is baker's grade so not only can you make vodka out of the stuff you can also bake a…  More info

Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka 1.75l
$144.90

Belvedere Vodka 6l

600cl, 40%
Belvedere

A massive 6 litre bottle of the beautiful Polish vodka, Belvedere, four times distilled from Polish rye. Very handsome, and perfect for any big parties! For scale purposes, we've included Brandy, the…  More info

Belvedere Vodka 6l
$378.57

Belvedere Vodka with Light 3l

300cl, 40%
Belvedere

A jeroboam (three litres) of this iconic quadruple-distilled Polish vodka, and if that wasn't enough if you press a button on the base of this massive bottle it illuminates allowing this vodka to…  More info

Belvedere Vodka with Light 3l
$205.10

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

Berry Good Straight Strawberry 27.4%

50cl, 27.40%
Berry Good

This spirit from Berry Good has been flavoured with strawberries for a natural and delicious flavour.  More info

Berry Good Straight Strawberry 27.4%
$27.53

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka

70cl, 40%
Black Cow

The creation of West Dorset dairy farmer Jason Barber, Black Cow claims to be the world's first pure milk vodka, made from nothing but pure whole milk. The whey is used for vodka whilst the curds go…  More info

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka
12
$33.79

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka 50cl

50cl, 40%
Black Cow

Black Cow vodka is a very interesting spirit from West Dorset, produced by dairy farmer Jason Barber, made using pure whole milk. This has resulted in a smooth, creamy vodka with touches of vanilla…  More info

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka 50cl
$26.40

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

Black Moth Truffle Vodka

70cl, 40%
Black Moth

A very unusual vodka, this is five times distilled, three time filtered and flavoured with Périgord truffles. It is very distinctive, and very soft. Beautiful.  More info

Black Moth Truffle Vodka
3
$51.20

Black Queen Flavoured Vodka - Leather Box

70cl, 40%
Black Queen

A luxury Belgian wheat and grain flavoured vodka filtered four times. Black Queen don't seem to divulge exactly what their vodka is flavoured with, nor why it's taken on such a dark hue, but we're…  More info

Black Queen Flavoured Vodka - Leather Box
$180.12

Blackdown Christmas Pudding Vodka

50cl, 29.90%
Blackdown

Christmas. Pudding. Vodka. A does-what-it-says-on-the-tin festive treat from top Sussex spirits producer Blackdown!  More info

Blackdown Christmas Pudding Vodka
$36.21

Blackdown Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Blackdown

Although they are quite a new company, Blackdown certainly seem to know what they want to do and how to go about achieving it. The Blackdown Vodka, for example, made from 100% British wheat grain,…  More info

Blackdown Vodka
$36.21

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

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