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Vodka

Popular Vodka Types: Plain Vodka | Flavoured 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 and small batch 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.

Barr Hill Vodka

75cl, 40%
Caledonia Spirits

A vodka made by Vermont beekeeper Todd Hardie from distilled raw honey! The honey is cold fermented for three weeks prior to column and pot still distillation.  More info

Barr Hill Vodka
$51.51

Millefiori Cucchi Vodka - 1949-59

75cl, 43%
Millefiori Cucchi

We think that this rare (and very handsome) bottle of Millefiori Cucchi Vodka was produced in Italy between 1949 and 1959! Fun fact: 'Millefiori' means 'wildflower' in Italian! This bottle was…  More info

Millefiori Cucchi Vodka - 1949-59
$185.60

Chase Eureka Lemon Marmalade Vodka

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

An bright idea from Williams Chase - Eureka Lemon Marmalade Vodka! What they've done here is distil their potato vodka along with some lemon marmalade, and then marinate it with Eureka lemon peels…  More info

Chase Eureka Lemon Marmalade Vodka
$37.75

Diamond Standard Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

Diamond Standard Vodka comes to us from Poland, made with four-times-distilled rye. After distillation, the spirit is filtered four times too, including a filtration through diamonds (of course).  More info

Diamond Standard Vodka
$75.71

Staritsky Levitsky Private Cellar Vodka

70cl, 40%
Staritsky Levitsky

Expertly produced Ukrainian vodka from the Staritsky Levitsky range, named after a pair of fantastic thinkers and social figures in Ukrainian history. It's made in small batches and rested for 60…  More info

Staritsky Levitsky Private Cellar Vodka
$52.19

Belenkaya Gold

70cl, 40%
Belenkaya

A popular Russian vodka brand, Belenkaya Gold endures a lengthy filtration through 13 metres of coal before it is bottled. This process results in a fantastically pure vodka with a soft, balanced…  More info

Belenkaya Gold
$18.51

Death's Door Vodka

70cl, 40%
Death's Door

Vodka from the Death's Door folks in Wisconsin. They use a combination of malted barley from Chilton, Wisconsin and Washington Island wheat to produce their vodka.  More info

Death's Door Vodka
$43.26

Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Wolfschmidt

A rare bottling of Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka which we believe to have been produced back in the 1980s in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed…  More info

Wolfschmidt Genuine Vodka - 1980s
$123.73

Smirnoff Red - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Smirnoff

A 1980s bottling of Smirnoff Red, one of the most well-known vodkas around the world. Rather collectable indeed. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Smirnoff Red - 1980s
$123.73

Lednik Special Vodka

70cl, 40%
Glazov

A Russian vodka made with rye and wheat at Glazov, which is the oldest distillery in Udmurtia having been founded in 1900.  More info

Lednik Special Vodka
$17.40

Smirnoff Red - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Smirnoff

Highly collectible among spirits enthusiasts, this is a bottle of Smirnoff Red Label Vodka from the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Smirnoff Red - 1970s
$148.48

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1990s

70cl, 40%
Żubrówka

An old bottle of Zubrowka's popular bison grass vodka thought to date from the 1990s and complete, as ever, with a piece of bison grass inside the bottle. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1990s
$98.98

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1970s (75.7cl)

75cl, 37.5%
Vladivar

A bottle of Vladivar vodka from the decade that Har Mar Superstar was born! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available,…  More info

Vladivar Imperial Vodka 1970s (75.7cl)
$148.48

Smirnoff Blue Label - 1980s (45.8%)

75cl, 45.8%
Smirnoff

An antique bottle of Smirnoff's higher proof 'Blue Label' vodka, in this case bottled at 45.8% abv in the 1980s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Smirnoff Blue Label - 1980s (45.8%)
$123.73

S. Faustino Lemon Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 35%
S. Faustino

A half-bottle of S. Faustino Lemon Vodka, produced in Italy in the 1970s. It also says "liquore freddo" on the front label, which means "cold liquor" in Italian, not some sort of homage to the…  More info

S. Faustino Lemon Vodka - 1970s
$123.73

Smirnoff Red 3l - 2000s

300cl, 40%
Smirnoff

A rather sizeable Smirnoff Red Label bottle, produced in the 2000s. One of the most well-known vodka brands around the world, we're sure a Smirnoff devotee will find a good place for this three litre…  More info

Smirnoff Red 3l - 2000s
$309.33

Fabrica Ancora Vodka - 1950s

75cl, 44%
Fabrica Ancora

A rare, decorative bottle of Fabrica Ancora Vodka from Portugal, produced back in the 1950s. Very collectible and rather handsome. Look how angry that two-headed-bird on the label is! This bottle…  More info

Fabrica Ancora Vodka - 1950s
$222.71

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
$123.73

55 Above - Pure

70cl, 40%
55 Above

55 Above Pure is a well-produced English potato vodka - this has now been bottled at 40% ABV.  More info

55 Above - Pure
$30.86

Znaps Ginseng Vodka

70cl, 37.5%
Znaps

A pure vodka from Znaps' premium range made using ginseng in the production process to help achieve the desired smooth, mellow character.  More info

Znaps Ginseng Vodka
$26.95

Rutte Grain Vodka

70cl, 40%
Rutte & Son

Organic grain vodka from Dordrecht in the Netherlands - the first certified organic vodka in Europe - made with French winter wheat and triple-filtered local water.  More info

Rutte Grain Vodka
$30.88

Iordanov Vodka Gift Pack - Union Jack Skull

35cl, 40%
Iordanov

A gift pack from the Iordanov Vodka range, featuring a 35cl bottle of their vodka (decorated with a skull made of crystals coloured like the Union Jack).  More info

Iordanov Vodka Gift Pack - Union Jack Skull
$33.98

Thompson's French Grape Bordelais Vodka

70cl, 40%
Thompson's

Grapes are brilliant. They're great puddings, they make wine and a number of other delicious drinks, including this very vodka you see before your eyes! Grapes are double distilled in the Bordeaux…  More info

Thompson's French Grape Bordelais Vodka
$36.04

Virtuous Vodka Blond

70cl, 38%
Virtuous Vodka

100% rye organic vodka from Virtuous, supporting African Apes and a world full of diversity.  More info

Virtuous Vodka Blond
$36.53

Virtuous Vodka Bitter Lemon

70cl, 38%
Virtuous Vodka

Bitter lemon flavoured organic vodka from Virtuous, made with a base of rye spirit.  More info

Virtuous Vodka Bitter Lemon
$36.53

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