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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 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.

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s

50cl, 40%
Polmos

Vodka from off of the '70s. 'Koszerna' is the Polish for kosher.  More info

Polmos Dobra Koszerna - 1970s
$105.10

Imperial Stefanof Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Buton

A 1960's bottling of Imperial Vodka.  More info

Imperial Stefanof Vodka - 1960s
$131.38

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992

150cl, 40%
Wyborowa

Wyborowa vodka is produced at the Polmos Poznan distillery with this 150cl bottling coming from the days when it was still run by Poland’s state spirit monopoly, before the distillery's acquisition…  More info

Polmos Wyborowa Wódka 1.5l - 1992
$105.10

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl

50cl, 40%
Limonnaya

"Imported from the USSR", this is a very rare and collectible Russian vodka from the Limmonaya company. It boasts a crisp, tangy lemon flavour and is best served chilled. This was bottled in the…  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s 50cl
$105.10

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Polmos Warszawa

This is a crisp, intense pepper-flavoured vodka from Poland. It has a vibrant pink hue and was bottled in the 1960s. Very collectible.  More info

Polmos Pepper Vodka - 1960s
$197.06

Wyborowa Vodka - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Wyborowa

This is a 1970s bottling of the popular Polish vodka, Wyborowa. It is a rye vodka, distilled twice in pot stills.  More info

Wyborowa Vodka - 1970s
$131.38

Verlof Vodka - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Verlof

This is a rare and collectible bottle of vodka from the Verlof brand. It was produced in Spain in the 1970s.  More info

Verlof Vodka - 1970s
$197.06

Slovoka Sloe & Vodka - 1970s

70cl, 30%
Slovoka

Sloe gin may be popular these days but in the 1970s they were experimenting with sloes and vodka, as you can see here.  More info

Slovoka Sloe & Vodka - 1970s
$131.38

Eristow Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Eristoff

The story goes that this vodka was created for the Georgian prince, Nikolai Alexandrovich Eristoff, in 1806 and the recipe was passed down through his family when he fled Russia during the…  More info

Eristow Vodka - 1970s
$157.65

Zorza Vodka

70cl, 40%
Zorza

Premium Vodka - excellent on the rocks, or sipped neat.  More info

Zorza Vodka
$36.26

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Żubrówka

Zubrówka is famous for putting a single blade of bison grass (harvested in the only primeval forest left in Poland), this bottle is from the 1980's and is highly collectable.  More info

Zubrówka Bison Vodka - 1980s
$131.38

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Limonnaya

Lemon flavoured vodka from Soviet Russia, that may well be the definition of cool, we don't know...  More info

Limonnaya Vodka - 1970s
$157.65

Cossack Vodka - 1974

75cl, 37.50%
Moscow Distillery Cristall

J & J Vickers produced the wonderful Cossack Vodka not in Russia but in London. This rare bottling comes from 1974.  More info

Cossack Vodka - 1974
$157.65

Great Southern Plain Vodka

70cl, 40%
Great Southern Distilling Company

All the way from Western Australia comes this fresh small batch vodka. It is produced by the Great Southern Distilling Company who also produce gin and the state's first legal single malt whiskies.  More info

Great Southern Plain Vodka
$62.55

Kirov Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Halewood International

This is a bottle of Kirov Vodka, which is made in England, presumably in the style of Russian vodka.  More info

Kirov Vodka
$15.19

Blackdown Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Blackdown

Although they are quite a new company, Blackdown certainly seem to know what they want to do and how to go about achieving it. The Blackdown Vodka, for example, made from 100% British wheat grain,…  More info

Blackdown Vodka
$32.79

I Spirit Vodka

70cl, 40%
I Spirit

Top quality Italian vodka which was introduced in 2009. The ingredients do suggest a reverence for Italy's spirit, using both grapes and grains to create the distillate, as well as spring water from…  More info

I Spirit Vodka
$28.68

Xero Pear Vodka

50cl, 40%
Xero

Xero Pear Vodka is made with a base of high quality Polish potato vodka, which is twice distilled before being shipped over to England to be infused with British pears for a naturally sweet…  More info

Xero Pear Vodka
$27.72

Polmos Wedkarska Vodka - Zlota Rybka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Warszawa

'Wedkarska' is Polish for 'fishing', whilst 'Zlota Rybka' means 'goldfish'! This vodka, produced by Polmos Warszawa, is flavoured with pepper to add a little extra warmth. The bottle itself…  More info

Polmos Wedkarska Vodka - Zlota Rybka
$59.12

Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka

70cl, 40%
Hangar One

Hangar One's Mandarin Blossom vodka is made with fresh tangerines and their flowers. The result is stunning, fresh and very intense.  More info

Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka
$31.91

Sacred Spiced Vodka

70cl, 40%
Sacred Spirits Company

Sacred Spiced is a superb spiced vodka which is vacuum-distilled by Ian Hart in Highgate Hill, London. It is flavoured with seven botanicals including nutmeg, angelica and distilled frankincense!  More info

Sacred Spiced Vodka
$32.79

Boris Jelzin Currant Vodka

100cl, 37.50%
GCF

Flavoured French vodka from the Boris Jelzin range - clean and elegant with a sweet touch of fruit at its centre.  More info

Boris Jelzin Currant Vodka
$26.41

Finlandia Mango

70cl, 37.50%
Finlandia

Mangoes don't grow in Finland. Finlandia, however, make a pretty amazing mango flavoured vodka. How do they do it? They import them, of course! "The Tropics meet the Arctic" in this 37.5% bottling.  More info

Finlandia Mango
$21.03

Faust Cranberry Vodka

50cl, 40%
Polmos

Fantastic Polish vodka and dynamic cranberry make Faust Cranberry Vodka a proper hero in our books.  More info

Faust Cranberry Vodka
$24.17

Hangar One Citron "Buddha's Hand" Vodka

70cl, 40%
Hangar One

This unsually named vodka from Hangar One is made with Buddha's Hand citrons, one of the oldest of the citrus fruits. Buddha's Hands are entirely made of pith, thus the fact you can't buy them in…  More info

Hangar One Citron
$34.08

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