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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.

Ciroc Vodka 3l

300cl, 40%
Ciroc

A jeroboam-sized bottle of Ciroc vodka, made with French grapes which are harvested when frozen and five times distilled. This is, of course, the ultra premium vodka for which famous rapper and…  More info

Ciroc Vodka 3l
$194.21

Thunder Toffee Vodka

70cl, 29.90%
Thunder

Thunder is made from triple distilled grain vodka and completely natural toffee syrup - nothing artificial in here. It's best served cold as a shot over ice or perhaps an experimental cocktail.…  More info

Thunder Toffee Vodka
4
$24.57

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka

70cl, 40%
Dragon Spirits

Dragon. Vodka. Automatically cool.  More info

Royal Dragon Imperial Vodka
7
$66.48

Grey Goose Vodka

70cl, 40%
Grey Goose

One of the original super-premium vodkas - made in France, and without doubt one of the creamiest vodkas we've ever tasted. Great Neat from the freezer.  More info

Grey Goose Vodka
10
$41.33

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)
$120.82

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka

70cl, 40%
Beluga

A superb super-premium Vodka made using non-GM ingredients. It's quite rare that a vodka (or any white spirit for that matter) impresses us to the point of wanting to tell people about it. Beluga is…  More info

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka
5
$42.59

Chase Marmalade Vodka

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

A brilliant fruit vodka made with Seville Orange Marmalade. This is just fabulous stuff from Chase, and it works beautifully in cocktails.  More info

Chase Marmalade Vodka
5
$41.65

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
$120.88

Masons Yorkshire Vodka

70cl, 42%
Masons

Masons Yorkshire Vodka was released around the same time in 2015 as the Yorkshire Tea and Lavender variations of Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin. Perfect for those vodka-based cocktails you've been thinking…  More info

Masons Yorkshire Vodka
$44.27

Crystal Head Vodka

70cl, 40%
Crystal Head

This is one of the most brilliant things ever to be, also one of the very finest celebrity-endorsed products we've ever seen. Created for the legendary Dan Aykroyd, Crystal Head Vodka is…  More info

Crystal Head Vodka
4
$47.01

Kauffman Hard Private Collection Vintage Vodka

70cl, 40%
Kauffman

Distilling his vodka a whopping 14 times and filtering it twice was Dr. Kauffman's way to fulfil his aspirations of making a truly excellent spirit. This edition is titled Hard because it's more…  More info

Kauffman Hard Private Collection Vintage Vodka
$72.47

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

Zubrowka is one of the most famous Polish vodkas out there, with its famous stem of Bison Grass in the bottle.  More info

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
41
$23.56

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
$137.14

42 Below Feijoa Vodka

70cl, 40%
42 Below

A new lower ABV version of 42 Below's Vodka made with this Kiwi Fruit (not Kiwi-fruit).  More info

42 Below Feijoa Vodka
$28.52

Luksusowa Vodka

70cl, 40%
Luksusowa Branded Vodka

A very tasty and very creamy triple distilled vodka from Poland, made from Potatoes. Its name, Luksusowa, is Polish for "luxury vodka", so you know it's good.  More info

Luksusowa Vodka
2
$20.35

Ciroc Coconut

70cl, 37.50%
Ciroc

The fresh, clear taste of Ciroc premium vodka, made with grapes that get harvested when they're frozen and distilled five times, mixed with the exotic flavours of coconut and a subtle hint of…  More info

Ciroc Coconut
$34.07

Wyborowa Exquisite Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Poznan

Beautifully packaged ultra premium vodka from Poland, Wyborowa Exquisite is, in our opinion, one of the best premium vodkas from the "big boys" of vodka. Very creamy.  More info

Wyborowa Exquisite Vodka
2
$39.76

U'Luvka

70cl, 40%
U'Luvka

Excellent Polish vodka, U'Luvka, made from rye, barley and wheat. Rounded with lots of neat, flavoursome grains. Well worth trying.  More info

U'Luvka
7
$39.69

Konik's Tail Vodka

70cl, 40%
Konik's Tail Ltd

A small batch Polish vodka made with three different grains. It is complex and very well balanced. It is named for Konik, which is a primitive Polish horse. Legend has it that just a glimpse of this…  More info

Konik's Tail Vodka
21
$39.08

Adnams Longshore Premium Vodka

70cl, 48%
Adnams

A really rather delectable wheat vodka from Adnams Brewery, this stuff is made by Fergus Fitzgerald, the master brewer, who makes a beer wash from East Anglian malted barley, wheat and oats. These…  More info

Adnams Longshore Premium Vodka
1
$36.06

100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka

70cl, 40%
The 'Hot Enough' Vodka Co.

"The horror! The horror!" What have they done… I'll tell you what they've done, they've created a monster. The 'Hot Enough' Vodka Co. filled a carboy with vodka, and into it they poured so many Naga…  More info

100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka
45
$39.83

Ciroc Pineapple

70cl, 37.50%
Ciroc

Ciroc Pineapple was unveiled in mid 2014 by P. Diddy on his Instagram, and now it's in the house! Made with a base spirit of French grapes which are harvested when frozen and distilled 5 times, this…  More info

Ciroc Pineapple
$35.79

Reyka Vodka

70cl, 40%
Reyka

Reyka is an Icelandic vodka, distilled from wheat and barley. It is also the world's first "green" vodka, it being made from glacial water and distilled using sustainable energy from geothermal heat.  More info

Reyka Vodka
10
$32.07

Firestarter Vodka

70cl, 40%
Colusvin

Get fired up about the awesome Firestarter Vodka! It's made with supreme winter wheat from Moldova and is five times platinum filtered, giving it an extremely smooth, pure palate. The rather exciting…  More info

Firestarter Vodka
1
$29.36

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka

70cl, 40%
Black Cow

The creation of West Dorset dairy farmer Jason Barber, Black Cow claims to be the world's first pure milk vodka, made from nothing but pure whole milk. The whey is used for vodka whilst the curds go…  More info

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka
11
$33.78

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