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Vodka has been produced since the origins of the still in the 8th Century. It was initially a relatively low alcohol spirit that took the form of Breadwine or "Burned Wine".

 

Now, it has reached popularity as a clear, 40% ABV spirit, mostly made from grains or potatoes, and is regularly drunk neat and chilled as an aperitif in many northern and eastern European countries, nicknamed the 'Vodka Belt'.

 

In the modern day, vodka is made from a high strength distillation (around 96%) of sugars from grains, potatoes or sugar beet, which is then diluted with water to a minimum of 37.5% ABV in the EU, and 40% in the USA. Other sources of sugars can be used (such as left over grape musts from wine making in southern Europe), but these must be clearly stated for any vodka spirit sold in the EU.

 

Within the Vodka Belt, countries like Russia are renowned for their passion for this spirit, as it makes up almost 70% of their alcohol consumption. It has a long, and rather politically charged, relationship with that part of the world.

 

Neat vodka is a popular drink throughout the world, but it is also heavily used in mixers and cocktails because of its minimal flavour profile, allowing it to carry the flavours of other ingredients very well. There was a craze for flavoured vodkas throughout the nineties with lots of odd, confected flavourings. Thankfully that has subsided slightly, and the reputation of this ancient spirit can only be helped by this.

 

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Taking a leaf from early 19th Century distillers, Brochan uses Scottish golden oats in their premium vodka to create a rich and creamy profile. While most distillers stopped using oats in the early 20...
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Brochan
£34.95
From the Anchor Distillery, credited for sparking off the craft spirits movement in the USA, comes this flavourful - but not flavoured - aromatic hop-vodka. Using two hop varieties from the Yakima Val...
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Hophead
£26.95
This Swedish vodka made from winter wheat is produced using continuous distillation with added lemon and lime flavours.
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Absolut
£22.95
A very special edition of Absolut vodka featuring a label design by Jamie Hewlett; the artist not only behind the band Gorillaz but also the awesome 'Tank Girl' series.
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Absolut
£54.95
Swedish wheat, Swedish water, distilled to make a clean, fresh tasting vodka before being mascerated with Swedish raspberries.
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Absolut
£22.95
A naturally flavoured Strawberry Vodka from family owned distillers Arbikie. It is produced in small batches and similarly to whisky production has its own vintage "because no two crops are ever the s...
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Arbikie
£42.95
Arbikie Haar is a Scottish wheat vodka distilled from Zulu Wheat, grown on the ‘Black Laws’ field on the Arbikie estate. Named after the North Sea fog that blankets the Arbikie farm and distillery...
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Arbikie
£41.95
This Scottish vodka is entirely made from potatoes grown on the Arbikie estate near Lunan Bay and chipotle chillies from Scotland's first chilli farm, found in Fife. It's hot, but not stupidly so.
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Arbikie
£41.95
Distilled by the Stirling family in a lovely Angus location overlooking Lunan Bay. The family have farmed potatos for 4 generations, and their commitment to a farm-to-bottle model is impressive with e...
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Arbikie
£41.95
Distilled from Canadian winter wheat, Aylesbury is bottled in California with a touch of Mendocino well water. Well presented in this highly ergonomic bottle with pictures of dancing or fighting ducks...
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Aylesbury Duck
£24.95
Forget about wheat or potato vodkas - Black Cow vodka is made entirely from milk! Produced by distillation of the leftovers from the milk after making cheese. The unusual distillation results in extre...
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Black Cow
£27.95
Vodka that is infused with Shetland botanicals including; Meadow Sweet, Sea Pink, Angelica and Marsh Marigold. Almosts sounds like it could be gin? Not so, as they do not use juniper. Quite an unusual...
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Blackwoods
£22.95
This smooth, sweet spirit is a triple distilled Swedish wheat vodka, with natural vanilla flavour.
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Cariel
£23.95
A clean, traditional feeling vodka from England with a modern approach. Chilgrove is made using a neutral spirit derived from grapes, which has given it an exceptionally smooth character.
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Chilgrove
£31.95
This is a premium potato vodka from Russia with a very creamy and smooth palate. The name means 'crystal clear'.
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Cristalnaya
£19.95
Cristalnaya is a triple-distilled Russian vodka made of top quality grains, and a secret blend of botanicals, which gives it intensely creamy, smooth palate.
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Cristalnaya
£17.95
Four-times distilled and seven-times filtered, including three filtrations through precious crystals known as Herkimer Diamonds, then bottled in a crystal skull...you wouldn't expect anything else fro...
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Crystal Head
£44.95
Made in the North east of Poland, in ancient forest, bison grass vodka has been a tradition for over 500 years. They take the bison grass, steep it in vodka to extract the flavour, then blend that ext...
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Davna Bizon
£14.95
Distil No 9 is Ukrainian wheat vodka produced in small batches. The number in the name refers to the success of the 9th recipe that was tried and tested before taking the vodka to market.
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Distil No 9
£24.95
This English vodka is made with 100% British wheat spirit distilled in copper pot stills.
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East London Liquor Company
£21.95
A fair trade vodka, produced from Quinoa grown in the Andean mountains. The vodka is distilled in the Cognac region of France. Good in a martini.
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Fair
£29.95
The well-known premium vodka from Finland. Renowned for its purity thanks to glacial springwater used in the distillation process.
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Finlandia
£19.95
This premium small-batch wheat vodka from France is made of the best French ingredients: soft winter wheat and gensac spring water. Great, smooth and delicate vodka.
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Grey Goose
£42.95
Premium French wheat vodka with natural vanilla flavour.
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Grey Goose
£42.95
The lemon expression of Grey Goose; the famous French wheat vodka.
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Grey Goose
£42.95
J.J. Whitley are well known for their great gins and vodkas, and this release is no exception. It is a small batch, handcrafted vodka flavoured with natural rhubarb. This smooth and delicately sweet s...
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JJ Whitley
£19.95
With over 300 years of distilling experience, the folks behind Ketel One know a thing or two about making spirits. From column distilling, to pot distilling, to marrying, lots of effort goes into crea...
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Ketel One
£24.95
With hundreds of years of expertise, the folks at Ketel One have a fair idea what they are doing. For Ketel One Citron, they take their standard wheat vodka and infuse it with the essence of 4 differe...
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Ketel One
£27.95
Konskenkorva is a high quality vodka from Finland, made from local ingredients and glacial water. To achieve the greatest purity it is distilled 250 times!
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Koskenkorva
£21.95
Baiju is the national Chinese spirit distilled from wheat and malted Sorghum, a gluten-free edible cereal grain. The history of Baiju dates back over 4000 years and is traditionally drunk either warm ...
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Kweichow Maotaizhen
£96.95
Lanique is a liqueur spirit, made with Attar (or essence) of rose, which is created by steam distilling thousands of rose petals. The base of Lanique is a spirit grain. Enjoyed by European elites over...
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Lanique
£29.95
The famous Japanese company that produces Nikka whisky expands their spirit portfolio. Nikka Vodka is distilled from corn and barley in Coffey stills and then filtered through white birch charcoal for...
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Nikka
Nikka Vodka 40% 70cl
£40.95
A clean and crisp Scottish potato vodka. It still seems strange to hear the words Scottish and Vodka together, but given the importance of potatoes to farming and our diet it seems strange that Ogilvy...
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Ogilvy
£34.95
A hand produced vodka which is produced in the heart of London. Our London is a wheat based vodka which gives it an extremely light body and mouthfeel. Perfect for enjoying with friends.
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Our London
Our London Vodka 37.5% 37.5cl
£18.95
Supposedly one of the purest vodkas on the market (due to a reverse osmosis filtration). Infused with Passionfruit. Give it a try.
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Skyy
£23.95
Supposedly one of the purest vodkas on the market (due to a reverse osmosis filtration). Give it a try.
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Skyy
Skyy Vodka 40% 70cl
£19.95
Triple distilled, quadruple filtered; Stolichnaya is distilled in Russia, using wheat grown on their own farms. Whether for James Bond, or the ladies from Ab Fab, Stoli has been a very popular choice ...
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Stolichnaya
£19.95
This premium Russian vodka is of great purity thanks to patented 'freeze-filtration' technique. The process involves filtering the vodka at -18 degrees Celsius, which makes the spirit extremely smooth...
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Stolichnaya
£42.95
Triple distilled, quadruple filtered; Stolichnaya is distilled in Russia, using wheat grown on their own farms, and bottled in Latvia. Infused with orange, which makes it perfect for a double orange s...
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Stolichnaya
£26.95
Triple distilled, quadruple filtered; Stoli is distilled in Russia, using wheat grown on their own farms, and bottled in Latvia. Great for cocktails. Stoli Razberi is one of their daring series of fla...
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Stolichnaya
£26.95
Virtuous Raspberry is based on the original organic rye spirit flavoured with fresh organic raspberries. Virtuous Vodka is fully organic, created in sustainable way and unfiltered for pure and natural...
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Virtuous Vodka
£32.95
Virtuous Blond is made of 100% organic Swedish rye using continuous distillation. Virtuous Vodka is unfiltered to show its pure taste with a subtle sweetness. We love the use of rye in spirits, as it ...
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Virtuous Vodka
£28.95
A rye vodka from one of the homes of vodka; Poland, Wyborowa was at one point one of the biggest selling vodkas in the UK and is the number 1 selling vodka in Poland. A high quality spirit.
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Wyborowa
£18.95
Bison grass vodka has been drunk in Poland for over 600 years. Based in ancient forests in the North East of the country, Zubrowka take the Bison Grass, crush it and steep it in their vodka (in a cold...
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Zubrowka
£20.95
Shaped like a mammouths tusk, with added cedar nuts (mammouths ate cedar nuts), Siberia's premium vodka is somewhat unusual. Get your tusks into it (or just drink the stuff). 6 times distilled, triple...
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Mamont
£39.95
This vanilla flavoured vodka is produced from winter wheat using continuous distillation. One of the most favourite flavours in the world from the popular Swedish brand.
Absolut
£22.95
One of the most famous vodkas in the world with clean and natural taste, produced in Åhus, Sweden. The iconic Absolut Vodka bottle is inspired by the 18th century medicine bottle found in an antique ...
Absolut
£19.95
Practically a cocktail in a bottle, Aivy is ready to drink neat, or is perfect topped up with some lemonade. Tastes like an explosion in a sweet shop.
Aivy
£24.95
Belenkaya Gold is a popular Russian vodka. It's filtered through 13 metres of coal which results in excellent smooth and pure spirit.
Belenkaya
£18.95
Beluga Noble, produced in Siberia using pure clean Siberian water. Perfect for the ultimate Russian themed Vodka and Caviar night.
Beluga
£36.95
For James Bond, the ultimate drink is a Martini shaken not stirred. Belvedere have launched a special edition bottling to mark the release of the new Bond film Spectre. To drink like a spy, get yourse...
Belvedere
£37.50

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