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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.

Poetic Licence Graceful Vodka

70cl, 40.40%
Poetic Licence

Want your vodka to be filled with grace? You'll want to try the Poetic Licence Graceful Vodka then. Made in Sunderland, this elegant treat is produced using 100% British wheat and is distilled 7…  More info

Poetic Licence Graceful Vodka
$39.71

Smirnoff Black

70cl, 40%
Smirnoff

Smirnoff Black is a special vodka made in copper pot stills, distilled from Russian grains, and filtered through silver birch charcoal. Very smooth and supple.  More info

Smirnoff Black
10
$22.43

Cariel Batch Blend Vodka

70cl, 40.70%
Cariel

This is made by blending what and barley spirit before dilution with purest spring water. Cariel vodka is a premium Swedish vodka with gentle sweetness and great balance.  More info

Cariel Batch Blend Vodka
3
$41.33

Iordanov Vodka - Silver Skull

70cl, 40%
Iordanov

Iordanov Vodka is made at one of the oldest distilleries in Germany, using 100% wheat and water from Vogelsberg highlands. It's distilled 5 times and charcoal filtered for purity, before being…  More info

Iordanov Vodka - Silver Skull
$54.93

Skorppio Vodka (With Scorpion)

70cl, 37.50%
Rodrigo Rodriguez

Get over here and check out Skorppio Vodka. It's five times distilled from single grain in England, and each bottle contains a real, no foolin', edible scorpion.  More info

Skorppio Vodka (With Scorpion)
$28.70

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
$18.89

Aivy Blue: Triple Grain Vodka

70cl, 40%
Cariel

A delicious grain-based vodka from the Cariel company in Sweden, this is made with barley, wheat and rye. The master blender Peter Carslon applies his "melody and harmonies" philosophy to the vodka.  More info

Aivy Blue: Triple Grain Vodka
$31.06

Aval Dor Vodka

70cl, 40%
Aval Dor

Aval-Dor is a Cornish vodka made with Cornish potatoes! Created by the Dustow family, who moved to Colwith all the way back in 1904, Aval-Dor is made with their very own King Edward potatoes. It's…  More info

Aval Dor Vodka
2
$48.81

Chase Islay Whisky Cask Aged Vodka

70cl, 46%
Williams Chase

Cask aged vodka from the Chase distillers in Herefordshire. This limited edition release was left to rest in a cask which previously held whisky from the renowned Laphroaig distillery, imparting…  More info

Chase Islay Whisky Cask Aged Vodka
$46.72

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
$20.41

The Naga Chilli Vodka Escalation Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 40%
The 'Hot Enough' Vodka Co.

Oh Drinks by the Dram, what have you done? Having teamed up with the Hot Enough Vodka Company, the resultant advent calendar is a thing of pure festive horror. Behind every window is a 3cl dram of…  More info

The Naga Chilli Vodka Escalation Advent Calendar (2015 Edition)
$122.13

Absolut Raspberri

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Made from Winter wheat and pure water from a deep Swedish well. Absolut Raspberri is naturally flavoured with fresh raspberries.  More info

Absolut Raspberri
1
$22.87

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
$21.79

Debowa Military 50 Premium Vodka

50cl, 40%
Dębowa

Debowa Polish vodka presented in a bullet-shaped oak bottle complete with copper bullet head. Good taste.  More info

Debowa Military 50 Premium Vodka
$36.19

Russian Standard Imperia

70cl, 40%
Roust Inc

Imperia is a premium vodka from Russian Standard. This is filtered through quartz and charcoal for exceptional purity.  More info

Russian Standard Imperia
3
$60.94

Alexander Colors Mint Vodka

70cl, 38%
Bottega

Alexander Colors Mint Vodka is an Italian vodka which is made with pure water from the Alps. Its mint flavours taste delightfully vivid and fresh.  More info

Alexander Colors Mint Vodka
$39.44

Absolut Cherrys

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

The kaleidoscopic selection of Absolut Vodka flavours grows one larger with the addition of their Cherrys expression. Made with no added sugar, only natural ingredients, this high quality Swedish…  More info

Absolut Cherrys
$23.49

Candy Skull Vanilla Fudgetastic

70cl, 37.50%
Keti 94 LTD

The Candy Skull vodka range pairs flavoured vodka with sweeties which you're meant to eat after you drink the aforementioned vodka ('The Aftershot Experience'). This one is vanilla flavoured and…  More info

Candy Skull Vanilla Fudgetastic
$36.19

Beluga Gold Line with Leather Gift Box

70cl, 40%
Beluga

Beluga's five-times-filtered Gold Line Vodka, presented in a handsome leather gift box. Top quality stuff - great mouth-feel and personality to it. The bottle is wax sealed, hence why it comes with a…  More info

Beluga Gold Line with Leather Gift Box
$140.46

Crystal Head Vodka 3l

300cl, 40%
Crystal Head

Regard the magnificence that is a jeroboam bottle of Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka. No, really, regard it. This is a 3 litre bottle of award-winning vodka, which is filtered through 500 million…  More info

Crystal Head Vodka 3l
$311.59

Boris Jelzin Strawberry Vodka

100cl, 37.50%
GCF

A strawberry-flavoured French vodka, from a brand named after the 1st President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin (he was President between July 1991 and December 1999). Serve cold with a sweet mixer of enjoy…  More info

Boris Jelzin Strawberry Vodka
$29.15

Grey Goose Night Vision Luminaire

70cl, 40%
Grey Goose

An edition of Grey Goose vodka, made with winter wheat, that includes a light in the base of the bottle to illuminate itself. Heaven forbid people at your local club/party/box social (delete as…  More info

Grey Goose Night Vision Luminaire
$50.10

Cape North Vodka

70cl, 40%
Cape North

Like many distillers, Cape North have a fascination with purity when it comes to their vodka. They compare it to water, in that good water must be clean and fresh. They slowly distil their vodka in…  More info

Cape North Vodka
$31.54

Raspberry Vodka

50cl, 22%
Scots' Cheer Limited

A fruity vodka from Scots Cheer. This is smooth grain vodka infused with raspberries.  More info

Raspberry Vodka
$19.91

Skyy Infusions Raspberry

70cl, 37.50%
Skyy

Raspberry Flavoured Vodka from San Francisco Based producer Skyy.  More info

Skyy Infusions Raspberry
$26.04

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