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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.

Black Queen Flavoured Vodka - Leather Box

70cl, 40%
Black Queen

A luxury Belgian wheat and grain flavoured vodka filtered four times. Black Queen don't seem to divulge exactly what their vodka is flavoured with, nor why it's taken on such a dark hue, but we're…  More info

Black Queen Flavoured Vodka - Leather Box
$180.12

Eristoff Vodka

70cl, 37.50%
Eristoff

A triple distilled Georgian vodka, named after Prince Eristoff, and based on his personal recipe, created in 1806.  More info

Eristoff Vodka
3
$19.82

Vintage Velvet Chardonnay Vodka

70cl, 40%
English Vodka Company

Vintage Velvet is a British flavoured vodka, with a base spirit of British sugar beet which has been twice distilled and filtered through white sand, and flavoured with Chardonnay grape juice.  More info

Vintage Velvet Chardonnay Vodka
$54.34

Grey Goose Magnum

150cl, 40%
Grey Goose

A magnum of delicious Grey Goose vodka, made with French wheat from La Beauce which is distilled in a five step process with artesian spring water which is filtered through Champagne limestone.  More info

Grey Goose Magnum
$130.30

Black Leaf Premium Organic Vodka

70cl, 40%
Black Leaf

Produced in Cognac, France, Blackleaf Premium Organic Vodka is a 5-times distilled vodka made from organic winter wheat. Following its distillation process, the producers filter the spirit through…  More info

Black Leaf Premium Organic Vodka
$46.25

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
$23.56

Ogilvy Vodka

70cl, 40%
Ogilvy Spirits

Ogilvy Potato Vodka comes to us via Ogilvy Farm up in Scotland, made with their own potatoes and their John Dore & Co. still - the whole production process is completed on site!  More info

Ogilvy Vodka
1
$42.26

Iordanov Vodka - Santa Claus

70cl, 40%
Iordanov

Iordanov is produced in Germany 100% wheat and water from the Vogelsberg highlands, distilled 5 times before being charcoal filtered and bottled. The vodka's bottles are very stylish indeed, being…  More info

Iordanov Vodka - Santa Claus
$53.70

Absolut Pears

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Absolut Pears is a delicious pear flavoured vodka from Sweden. This is made using continuous distillation and is incredibly pure tasting. Distilled from winter wheat and naturally flavoured with pear.  More info

Absolut Pears
$22.63

Stolichnaya Sticki Honey

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

This is a honey flavoured vodka from Stoli, ideal for giving a cocktail a sweet twist.  More info

Stolichnaya Sticki Honey
$23.56

Stolichnaya Razberi

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

Stoli Razberri is Russian vodka distilled from wheat and flavoured with raspberries.  More info

Stolichnaya Razberi
$23.56

Absolut Mandrin

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A crisp and balanced Swedish flavoured Vodka. Absolut Mandrin is flavoured with mandarin, oranges and other citrus. There is no added sugar.  More info

Absolut Mandrin
$22.41

Durham Vodka

70cl, 40%
Durham Distillery

Durham Vodka is triple distilled using the last few litres from their gin production process. This is then passed through their custom built filtration column , which is based on Lincoln County…  More info

Durham Vodka
$31.45

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
$194.22

Absolut Apeach

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Absolut Apeach is a wonderfully crafted Swedish vodka with an incredibly fresh peach flavour.  More info

Absolut Apeach
$22.36

Absolut Berry Acai

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

Absolut have launched this wonderful fruit-flavoured vodka made with Acai Berries. All jokes aside, this stuff is lovely, and it's made with European and North American blueberries, and Southwest…  More info

Absolut Berry Acai
$23.73

Ghost Vodka - Gold

70cl, 40%
Ghost Vodka

First things first: Ghost Vodka is distilled at a haunted salt depot in Cambridge. That. A premium British vodka made from sugar beet it's available in a choice of three skull colours, this being the…  More info

Ghost Vodka - Gold
$33.92

English Spirit Colombian Coffee Bean Vodka - 50cl

70cl, 37.50%
English Vodka Company

A vibrant vodka from the chaps behind Dr. J's Gin, made by re-distilling the vodka with Colombian coffee beans, as well as infusing the spirit with them too!  More info

English Spirit Colombian Coffee Bean Vodka - 50cl
$43.19

Holy Grass Vodka

70cl, 41.50%
Dunnet Bay

Holy grass goes by many names, but you can think of this as a Scottish bison grass vodka. The grass grows on the banks of the Thurso River near the distillery in Caithness, although in fact Dunnet…  More info

Holy Grass Vodka
$42.39

Smirnoff Blueberry

70cl, 37.50%
Smirnoff

A fantastically fruity Smirnoff. This is made with pot-still vodka, which is filtered through a whopping seven tons of charcoal. It is flavoured naturally with blueberry, and it works well in…  More info

Smirnoff Blueberry
$21.44

Stolichnaya Vanil

70cl, 37.50%
Stolichnaya

Stoli Vanil is a vanilla flavoured vodka from Stolichnaya. Distilled from winter wheat and made with glacial water, it is flavoured with Madagascan and Indonesian vanilla beans.  More info

Stolichnaya Vanil
$23.56

Belvedere Vodka with Light 6l

600cl, 40%
Belvedere

A delicious pure-tasting Polish rye vodka, Belvedere is distilled four times! This giant 6 litre bottle comes with a light in it which is very cool. We've also included a picture of Brandy, the…  More info

Belvedere Vodka with Light 6l
4
$402.74

Alchemia Wisniowa (Cherry)

70cl, 40%
Polmos Bialystok

Cherry flavoured vodka from the Alchemia range! Good quality Polish rye-based vodka and wild Polish cherries make this a juicy treat that goes well in mixed drinks (particularly with cola...).  More info

Alchemia Wisniowa (Cherry)
$27.98

Finlandia Blackcurrant

70cl, 40%
Finlandia

The famous vodka from Finland made using six-row barley and glacial spring water. This vodka has been flavoured with blackcurrants for a fruity twist.  More info

Finlandia Blackcurrant
$22.01

Absolut Vanilia

70cl, 40%
Absolut Company

A lovely fresh and clean vanilla flavoured vodka. Absolut Vanilia has a rich, buttery flavour with hints of cocoa and plenty of fresh vanilla.  More info

Absolut Vanilia
$22.36

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