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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.

Absolut Electrik 1l - Silver

100cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A limited edition litre bottling of Sweden's excellent Absolut Vodka. Their Elecrik edition sees the winter wheat-based vodka decked out in a very shiny bottle, which ought to look the business in…  More info

Absolut Electrik 1l - Silver
$46.21

Wyborowa Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Poznan

The popular Polish vodka, Wyborowa, is made from rye. The name Wyborowa is polish for "Selected", so it must be good.  More info

Wyborowa Vodka
19
$21.46

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
$37.12

Mamont Vodka

70cl, 40%
Mamont

This is the first batch of Mamont - a 5 times distilled Siberian vodka, filtered through Siberian rock. There are just 6,000 cases in the world, and the bottle is shaped to look like a mammoth's tusk.  More info

Mamont Vodka
5
$39.36

Krakus Exclusive Polish Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos

A premium Polish vodka from top producer Polmos, Krakus Exclusive is made from carefully selected cereals and crystal clear water.  More info

Krakus Exclusive Polish Vodka
$34.03

Chopin Rye Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

Chopin Rye Vodka is made with high-quality golden rye grown in the Podlasie region of Poland. It is distilled four times, blended with artesian well water and filtered five times, before it's…  More info

Chopin Rye Vodka
$38.22

Candy Skull Apple Grimace

70cl, 37.50%
Keti 94 LTD

Green apple flavoured vodka, paired with 28x sour apple liquid candy ('The Aftershot Experience'), presented as part of the Dia de los Muertos-inspired Candy Skull range.  More info

Candy Skull Apple Grimace
$34.09

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
$20.26

Angels Tears Vodka

100cl, 40%
Angels Tears Vodka

A high quality vodka from Georgia made with Georgian wheat and glacial water from the Bakuriani mountains.  More info

Angels Tears Vodka
$109.58

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
$47.72

Grey Goose Night Vision Luminaire 1.75l

175cl, 40%
Grey Goose

Not just vodka, super premium winter wheat French vodka. Not just super premium winter wheat French vodka, 1.75 litres worth of super premium winter wheat French vodka! Not just 1.75 litres worth of…  More info

Grey Goose Night Vision Luminaire 1.75l
$155.79

Aivy Red Lemon, Pomegranate and Lime Triple Flavoured Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Renaissance Brands BV

Produced in Sweden by the superb Aivy company, Aivy Red is a delicious flavoured vodka with intensely fruity flavours of lemon, lime and pomegranate.  More info

Aivy Red Lemon, Pomegranate and Lime Triple Flavoured Vodka
$23.99

Chase Rhubarb Vodka

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

Sweet, fruity Rhubarb Vodka from Chase in Hereford, now with a fancy bottle to match the rest of the Chase Vodka range. They make this gorgeous stuff by cooking the rhubarb, marinading it in their…  More info

Chase Rhubarb Vodka
$41.83

Sipsmith Sipping Vodka

70cl, 40%
Sipsmith

A superbly sippable vodka from Londson distillers, Sipsmith. Made with a base of English wheat in their 300 litre copper-pot still, charmingly called Prudence, this vodka makes a mightily mean Vesper.  More info

Sipsmith Sipping Vodka
2
$35.11

Absolut Ruby Red 1l

100cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Another great citrus vodka from Swedish producer Absolut, this time made with ruby red grapefruit! (And no added sugar.)  More info

Absolut Ruby Red 1l
$32.20

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
$70.55

Motörhead Vödka 40th Anniversary Special Edition

70cl, 40%
Grapes Svenska

If Motörhead single malt and Motörhead Shiraz aren't for you, perhaps Motörhead Vödka is what you've been waiting for? This is a 40th aniiversary edition of this Swedish vodka made from wheat grown…  More info

Motörhead Vödka 40th Anniversary Special Edition
$48.64

Michel Adam f. Vodka

70cl, 40%
Wielkopolska Wytwornia

This luxury vodka has been created under the careful eye of Michel Adam Lisowski, the Polish-born president of FashionTV. It is four-times distilled in Poland before being bottled.  More info

Michel Adam f. Vodka
$35.60

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Jeroboam 3l

300cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

This is a 3 litre jeroboam bottle of Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka, made with five-times distilled winter rye. It also has 23-carat gold leaves from Switzerland floating in it, which is pretty cool,…  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Jeroboam 3l
$321.89

Beluga Gold Line

70cl, 40%
Beluga

While regular Beluga Vodka is filtered 3 times, the Russian distillers go the extra mile with Beluga Gold Line and filter it 5 times! Beluga Gold Line also comes with a wax-sealed bottle and a hammer…  More info

Beluga Gold Line
3
$121.75

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Magnum

150cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

A magnum bottle of the supremely luxurious Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka, made with winter rye which is five times distilled. It's also got 23-caret gold leaves floating inside it, which is rather apt,…  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka Magnum
$138.12

Ghost Vodka - Union Jack

70cl, 40%
Ghost Vodka

One of three haunting bottle designs for Ghost Vodka, this is a premium British vodka made from British sugar beet.  More info

Ghost Vodka - Union Jack
$34.16

Gem Diva Premium Vodka

70cl, 40%
Distil Company

There are stylish vodkas, and then there is Gem Diva. This Scottish vodka is made with wheat and is distilled multiple times to achieve its desired purity - it comes presented in a bottle which…  More info

Gem Diva Premium Vodka
$126.49

Absolut 100 Vodka

70cl, 50%
Absolut Company

Classic Absolut Vodka, made in Sweden using water from a deep well in Åhus and winter wheat from the fields of southern Sweden, though this expression has been bottled at 50% ABV (or 100 proof, as it…  More info

Absolut 100 Vodka
$32.81

Stolichnaya Elit

70cl, 40%
Stolichnaya

A classic ultra premium Russian vodka, Stolichnaya Elit is made using freeze filtration, which was patented by the SPI Group (one of the world's largest drinks companies, and also the owners of…  More info

Stolichnaya Elit
$48.42

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