Vodka has become the most successful spirit in the last few years because it's the most versatile, mixing more readily with a wider range of ingredients than any other spirit. Vodka offers more cocktails, and inspires more new cocktails, than any other spirit, and it is cocktails that drive vodka's popularity.
Marquis is an extremely fancily-packaged private label vodka distilled by Polmos Bialystok in Poland from 'exceptional rye grain'. The Latin motto on the bottle is Nulli Secundis, meaning Second to None.
An eye-catching bottle for this top-quality super-premium Russian vodka. Legend of Kremlin is a pure grain vodka made with soft spring water and is so highly-regarded in its homeland that it is supplied to the Kremlin, the Duma (Russian parliament) and various other government and federal agencies in Russia for official functions.
Pravda is a handmade premium vodka from southern Poland, where it is distilled using late harvest 'sweet' rye and very pure springwater from the nearby Carpathian mountains. Perhaps uniquely, after a five-stage column distillation, Pravda is then redistilled in a copper still to impart a smoother quality to the spirit.
A superb-quality Polish potato vodka, distilled four times - it takes approximately five kilos of potatoes to make each bottle. Chopin is a long-time favourite in style bars and has an enviable reputation as one of the finest vodkas available.
Developed by Master Blender Börje Karlsson, the man who came up with the recipe for Absolut, Karlsson's Gold is made from Swedish new potatoes and instead of being distilled ad infinitum, has been very carefully distilled just once to preserve the flavour and character of the ingredients. This is not just some style-bar gimmick, but a real vodka with real flavour - Bravo.
A premium Fairtrade vodka from French pioneers Fair - pioneers because they use Bolivian quinoa as the base grain for their vodka, a grain better known as a superfood and vegetarian protein replacement. The quinoa travels over to Cognac, where Fair's team brew and distill the vodka, before sending it out around the world.
This Mamont Siberian vodka's bottle is in fact based on the shape of an mammoth's tusk. A real Siberian product from start to finish, this uses pure Siberian water and Siberian wheat. Triple filtered though Siberian birch charcoal, local cedar nuts are added as a finishing touch.
Launched in 2010, Konik's Tail is named after the wild ponies of Poland's primeval forest, and is crafted from three distinct grains - Spelt, Rye and early winter Wheat, represented by the three koniks on the label. With this sort of USP and a stylish, understated packaging ethos, we suspect Konik's Tail will be a hit in the style bars.
A high quality vodka from Ciroc, made from 'snap frost' grapes that are cold fermented before being distilled in a combination of steel and copper stills. The end result is a crisp and clean tasting French vodka.
A premium Absolut vodka, distilled in a vintage copper rectification still from 1929 in small batches using wheat sourced locally from the nearby Råbelöf estate. It's a clean tasting vodka with a soft and silky mouthfeel - Absolut recommend you drink it neat with a single large ice cube.
An Osobaya vodka - tiny infusions of buckwheat honey and cedar nuts - this new vodka has been making waves in the UK on trade and claims that it does not need to be chilled and can be enjoyed at room temperature.
From Cognac in France, this breakthrough wheat-based small-batch ultra-premium vodka has achieved global success and won a Platinum medal at the World Spirits Championship. Grey Goose was bought by Bacardi for over $2 billion in 2002.