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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.

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Akvinta Organic Vodka
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About as fresh and authentic tasting a cucumber flavour as we've ever experienced. Absolutely incredible. We can't recommend this stuff enough. They make it by re-distilling Blackwood's lovely...  More info
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Super premium vodka made by the state owned Moscow Distillery Cristall, Putinka was launched on the 1st November 2003. The vodka is exquisite, and it has won numerous awards, including a National...  More info
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Sputnik Vodka
(70cl, 40%)
A very clean tasting Russian vodka, Sputnik is made from top quality winter wheat, it is triple distilled and is great in a Vodka Martini.  More info
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Each year just 5,000 cases of this incredible vintage Russian vodka are made. It is distilled from the finest wheat grains, and is distilled many times. The flavour is clean and crisp and incredible...  More info
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From Indio Spirits great range of unusually flavoured small batch vodkas from Oregon. A Marionberry is a berry large hybrid black berry, designed at the Oregon State University. Quite possibly one of...  More info
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A perfumy character adorns this tasty Lemongrass vodka. It has the sort of exotic, gentle citrus you'd expect, and it really is quite something.  More info
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A small batch gin from Oregon, it has an incredibly intense citrus flavour. Delicious.  More info
$49.08
A bottle from the first batch of 1,000 bottles of Chase Marmalade Vodka, flavoured with Seville Oranges. Each bottle is numbered and signed.  More info
Dry Fly Vodka
(70cl, 40%)
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 Double...  More info
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Brecon Five Vodka
(70cl, 40%)
A Welsh vodka, distilled at Penderyn from wheat and blended with fresh Welsh water from the Brecon Beacons.  More info
A Polish vodka flavoured with cherries. Great in cocktails.  More info
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Vodka Czystia
(50cl, 40%)
Vodka Czystia is a Polish vodka from Polmos Siedlce.  More info
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A very good quality rye vodka from Poland, flavoured with blackcurrant juice.  More info
$28.95
A classic Russian vodka from Stolichnaya. This is distilled from winter wheat and is filtered through quartz and charcoal, then quartz once more.  More info
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$29.67
Spirytus Rektyfikowany is Polish for Rectified Spirit. This can be used as the spirit base for liqueurs.  More info
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$32.15
Smirnoff Blue is cut with Nordic berries, which gives it its distinct blue hue. Very stylish.  More info
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New Amsterdam Vodka
(70cl, 37.50%)
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Krzeska Ziolowa
(70cl, 40%)
Krzeska Ziolowa is a Polish herbal vodka. It comes in a very handsome decanter bottle.  More info
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Grand Cherry Vodka
(50cl, 40%)
A Polish vodka flavoured with cherries.  More info
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Kubanskaya is a classic brand of Russian vodka which is flavoured with just a little bit of lemon. This bottle comes from the 1970s, back when the brand was produced by the Kristall distillery in...  More info
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