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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.

Chilgrove Vodka

70cl, 40%
Chilgrove

The chaps behind Chilgrove Gin have produced their own vodka too! Just like their gin, this features a base spirit made from distilled grapes and has been blended with natural mineral water filtered…  More info

Chilgrove Vodka
$35.60

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
$18.58

Znaps Forest Tale Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Znaps

A blueberry and blackberry flavoured Swedish vodka from the Znaps range, given the rather whimsical name 'Forest Tale'. The bottle's label rather whimsical too...  More info

Znaps Forest Tale Vodka
$26.99

Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka

50cl, 40%
Winchester Distillery

A small batch of wasabi-flavoured vodka from Winchester Distillery's Twisted Nose range. This boldly-flavoured spirit is made with freshly-grated wasabi, as well as six other botanicals, which are…  More info

Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka
$41.22

Koskenkorva Blueberry

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

Finnish vodka, flavoured with sweet, subtle notes of blueberry. Koskenkorva is made using continuous distillation, resulting in a high quality spirit. Create a twist on classic vodka cocktails or…  More info

Koskenkorva Blueberry
$24.68

Cleveland Bay Premium Vodka

70cl, 40%
Cleveland Bay

Cleveland Bay is a proudly British artisan vodka made to rival vodkas from Eastern Europe. Made using British potatoes, along with other fantastic ingredients from our lovely island, Cleveland Bay…  More info

Cleveland Bay Premium Vodka
6
$52.97

Polmos Siedlce Lagodna

50cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

A Polish vodka, flavoured with a selection of dried herbs, fruits and caramel. Rather sweet with some depth at the core.  More info

Polmos Siedlce Lagodna
$19.27

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
$35.60

Stolichnaya Ohranj

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

Ohranj is an orange flavoured Russian vodka from Stolichnaya, made with wheat and glacial water.  More info

Stolichnaya Ohranj
1
$23.42

Alchemia Czekoladowa (Chocolate)

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

This 14-inch tall bottle contains natural cocoa infused Polish rye vodka!  More info

Alchemia Czekoladowa (Chocolate)
$27.82

Green Mark Vodka (38%)

70cl, 38%
Topaz Distillery

A lower ABV bottling of Green Mark Vodka, a classic Russian spirit which bears the green mark used by the Glavspirttrest between the 1920s and 1950s as a sign of excellence and a seal of approval.  More info

Green Mark Vodka (38%)
$19.80

Potocki Vodka

70cl, 40%
Potocki

Potocki is a high-quality Polish vodka produced using locally-sourced rye from the fields around the distillery in central Poland. The vodka is double distilled and bottled at 40% ABV without…  More info

Potocki Vodka
$39.10

Puschkin Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Puschkin

Puschkin Vodka is a German spirit distilled to a classic recipe and even goes through an ice filtration process to achieve a delicious purity. It comes in a handsome bottle with a bear giving us a…  More info

Puschkin Vodka
$22.36

Alchemia Imbirowa (Ginger)

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

A flavoured Polish vodka from the Alchemia range. It's made with a rye-based vodka which is given an infusion of fresh ginger root, resulting in a sweet, spicy flavour profile. It's got a nice, tall…  More info

Alchemia Imbirowa (Ginger)
$27.82

Chopin Potato Vodka

70cl, 40%
Polmos Siedlce

Potato vodka is the secret of a good Vesper Martini - James Bond's own concoction. Chopin is four times distilled from Polish potatoes and named for Frederic Chopin.  More info

Chopin Potato Vodka
3
$43.83

Absolut Blue

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Absolut Vodka is a classic tasting vodka distilled from winter wheat. The recipe is over 30 years old and the bottle design is based on an 18th century medicine flask.  More info

Absolut Blue
6
$20.31

Smirnoff Green Apple

70cl, 37.50%
Smirnoff

Crisp, fruity version of Smirnoff. This is made using pot-distilled spirit, filtered through seven tons of charcoal, before it is naturally flavoured with green apple.  More info

Smirnoff Green Apple
$21.32

Green Mark Vodka 40%

70cl, 40%
Topaz Distillery

Green Mark is a Russian vodka named for the seal of approval bestowed upon good vodka by the Glavspirttrest between the 1920s and 1950s. This bottle bears that very seal and the vodka within is…  More info

Green Mark Vodka 40%
11
$20.94

Belvedere Vodka with Light 3l

300cl, 40%
Belvedere

A jeroboam (three litres) of this iconic quadruple-distilled Polish vodka, and if that wasn't enough if you press a button on the base of this massive bottle it illuminates allowing this vodka to…  More info

Belvedere Vodka with Light 3l
$203.92

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka with Thermo-Barrel

70cl, 40%
Dębowa

Debowa's oak vodka complete with a thermo-barrel! Chill the bottle and then place it in the barrel, which will help keep it cool for up to 3 or 4 hours. It will also look like it's about to shoot out…  More info

Debowa Polish Oak Vodka with Thermo-Barrel
$59.93

Imperial Collection Silver

70cl, 40%
Imperial Collection

Imperial Collection Silver is part of the increased range, now available in the UK from this premium Russian vodka producer.  More info

Imperial Collection Silver
$28.79

Ketel One Oranje

70cl, 40%
Ketel One

Top quality orange-flavoured Dutch vodka from Ketel One's range, made with essences from Valencia oranges grown in Brazil and Florida, as well as Mandarin oranges from Italy. Tasty served neat or…  More info

Ketel One Oranje
$28.59

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
$30.55

Koskenkorva Lingonberry

70cl, 37.50%
Koskenkorva

The lingonberry is often used in jams and other traditional treats, but Koskenkorva would rather use it in their vodka than put it on their toast, an idea that we can certainly get behind.…  More info

Koskenkorva Lingonberry
$24.59

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
$20.08

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