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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.

Dry Fly Vodka

70cl, 40%
Dry Fly Distilling

An award-winning vodka from the Dry Fly Distillers in Spokane, Washington, made with locally-grown soft winter wheat. Top quality vodka, perfect for neat-sippin' and cocktails. It was awarded a…  More info

Dry Fly Vodka
$42.36

Durham Vodka

70cl, 40%
Durham Distillery

Durham Vodka is triple distilled using the last few litres from their gin production process. This is then passed through their custom built filtration column , which is based on Lincoln County…  More info

Durham Vodka
$31.52

East London Liquor Company Small Batch Grain Vodka

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

An English vodka from the East London Liqour Company, based in the old glue factory in Bow Wharf, made with 100% British wheat spirit distilled using their copper pot still.  More info

East London Liquor Company Small Batch Grain Vodka
$25.27

Element 29 Wheat Vodka

70cl, 40%
Green Box Drinks

Element 29 is a delicious British vodka distilled from East Anglian wheat. The grains are mashed, malted and fermented in Manchester before seven distillations in a state-of-the-art tower. It was…  More info

Element 29 Wheat Vodka
5
$31.93

English Spirit Colombian Coffee Bean Vodka - 50cl

70cl, 37.50%
English Vodka Company

A vibrant vodka from the chaps behind Dr. J's Gin, made by re-distilling the vodka with Colombian coffee beans, as well as infusing the spirit with them too!  More info

English Spirit Colombian Coffee Bean Vodka - 50cl
$43.29

English Spirit Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka

50cl, 26.50%
English Vodka Company

Something for those with a sweet tooth, this is an Old Fashioned Toffee flavoured English Spirit Vodka, made with a recipe that includes five caramelised sugars. Excellent in a coffee, a pudding or a…  More info

English Spirit Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka
$26.00

English Spirit Raspberry Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
English Vodka Company

Made with their artisan vodka, the English Vodka Company pops a handful of freshly picked and washed raspberries into the bottle, and voilà! Raspberry Vodka! Simple, fruity and perfect on a warm…  More info

English Spirit Raspberry Vodka
$37.50

English Spirit Vanilla Pod Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
English Vodka Company

The English Vodka Company has sourced the very best vanilla pods and added them to its finest artisan vodka. The result is a superb vanilla vodka that’s sweet and devilishly drinkable.  More info

English Spirit Vanilla Pod Vodka
$37.50

English Spirit Vodka 54%

70cl, 54%
English Vodka Company

The English Vodka Company believes small is beautiful, and this is perfectly encapsulated by their premium small batch vodka. This one is bottled at 54%, and unlike most mass-produced vodkas, it’s…  More info

English Spirit Vodka 54%
2
$36.44

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
$20.68

Eristoff Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Eristoff

A triple distilled Georgian vodka, named after Prince Eristoff, and based on his personal recipe, created in 1806.  More info

Eristoff Vodka
3
$19.45

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
$43.56

Eristow Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Eristoff

The story goes that this vodka was created for the Georgian prince, Nikolai Alexandrovich Eristoff, in 1806 and the recipe was passed down through his family when he fled Russia during the…  More info

Eristow Vodka - 1970s
$174.48

Eristow Wodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Eristoff

An old bottling of Eristow vodka (now known as Eristoff in the UK) a brand whose roots lie in Georgia, 'the land of the wolf'.  More info

Eristow Wodka - 1960s
$174.48

Esbjærg Vodka

100cl, 40%
Boomsma

Esbjærg is a Dutch wheat-based vodka, which is charcoal filtered to achieve its desired purity and mouth-feel. The original recipe for Esbjærg actually comes from Denmark!  More info

Esbjærg Vodka
$31.28

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
$230.05

Faust Cranberry Vodka

50cl, 40%
Polmos

Fantastic Polish vodka and dynamic cranberry make Faust Cranberry Vodka a proper hero in our books.  More info

Faust Cranberry Vodka
$26.75

Finlandia Blackcurrant

70cl, 40%
Finlandia

The famous vodka from Finland made using six-row barley and glacial spring water. This vodka has been flavoured with blackcurrants for a fruity twist.  More info

Finlandia Blackcurrant
$22.06

Finlandia Blackcurrant 37.5%

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

Made with six-row Finnish barley and glacier water, Finlandia vodka is like drinking a piece of Finland itself (except, you know, in vodka form). This is an expression flavoured with blackcurrants,…  More info

Finlandia Blackcurrant 37.5%
$22.48

Finlandia Cranberry

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

As one of the few berries that grow up north near the Arctic, cranberries are used a lot Finnish food and drink, just like apples in Somerset. This is why real cranberries go into making the…  More info

Finlandia Cranberry
$23.66

Finlandia Grapefruit

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

This Finnish vodka offers the subtle tanginess of fresh grapefruit, which makes it a wonderful addition to many cocktails.  More info

Finlandia Grapefruit
3
$22.76

Finlandia Lime

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

This is made with the essential oils of the lime, this is a brilliant citrus vodka from Finlandia.  More info

Finlandia Lime
$23.40

Finlandia Mango 37.5%

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

Mangoes don't grow in Finland. Finlandia, however, make a pretty amazing mango flavoured vodka. How do they do it? They import them, of course! "The Tropics meet the Arctic" in this 37.5% bottling.  More info

Finlandia Mango 37.5%
$23.28

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
$21.77

Firestarter Vodka

70cl, 40%
Colusvin

Get fired up about the awesome Firestarter Vodka! It's made with supreme winter wheat from Moldova and is five times platinum filtered, giving it an extremely smooth, pure palate. The rather exciting…  More info

Firestarter Vodka
1
$29.43

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