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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.

Empire Vodka

70cl, 40%
Vodka Empire

Empire Vodka is made in Poland using a combination of wheat and gold rye, along with water extracted from Polish mountains. The folks behind it distil the vodka 7 times and carbon filter the…  More info

Empire Vodka
$41.09

Potocki Lithuanian Tallgrass (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

50cl, 39%
Potocki

A limited edition bottling of Potocki Lithuanian Tallgrass vodka, made by the Potocki family since 1944, released for La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations.  More info

Potocki Lithuanian Tallgrass (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$33.80

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
$44.34

Crown Russe Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Calvert

An old bottle o' Russe thought to date from the 1970s. Made in Kentucky, its branding put us in mind of a certain football team from the Spanish capital. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Crown Russe Vodka - 1970s
$152.18

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
$126.82

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
$126.82

Glazov White Sail Vodka

70cl, 40%
Glazov

"Original Soft" vodka produced at the oldest distillery in the Russian Federation's Udmurtia Republic. Glazov distillery was founded back in 1900.  More info

Glazov White Sail Vodka
$21.80

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
$152.18

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
$101.46

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)
$152.18

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%)
$126.82

Ekiss Vodka 2012

70cl, 40%
Ekiss

A single vintage, single estate organic vodka from the south of France, made with soft winter wheat. The name is a reference to Camargue horses, a particular greed of horse which the south of France…  More info

Ekiss Vodka 2012
$36.49

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
$126.82

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
$317.05

Fabrica Ancora Vodka - 1950s

75cl, 44%
Fabrica

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
$228.28

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
$126.82

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
$31.63

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
$27.62

Znaps Smooth Vodka

70cl, 40%
Znaps

A premium vodka from Znaps designed to be elegant enough to enjoy neat.  More info

Znaps Smooth Vodka
$28.48

Imperium Vodka

70cl, 37.5%
Imperium

A grain vodka, offering good value, that's perfect for mixing.  More info

Imperium Vodka
$14.53

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
$31.65

Smooth Ambler Whitewater Vodka

75cl, 40%
Smooth Ambler

A vodka made by those lovely Smooth Ambler folks out in West Virginia, USA! Their Whitewater Vodka is distilled using a mashbill of 68% corn, 16% wheat and 16% barley, and is triple distilled before…  More info

Smooth Ambler Whitewater Vodka
$51.73

Snow Queen Vodka (1.75L)

175cl, 40%
Snow Queen

A 1.75 litre bottling of Snow Queen Vodka, produced in Kazakhstan with organic wheat and pure mountain water. Enjoyably creamy mouth-feel to this one - top quality stuff.  More info

Snow Queen Vodka (1.75L)
$78.50

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
$36.94

Virtuous Vodka Sea Buckthorn

70cl, 38%
Virtuous Vodka

Compared to some of the other organic Virtuous Vodka flavours, such as raspberry or vanilla, sea buckthorn may be less familiar. It's well worth investigating, however.  More info

Virtuous Vodka Sea Buckthorn
$37.44

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