Flavoured vodkas have only recently become fashionable, but the earliest vodkas were always flavoured, though that was entirely due to necessity. When commercial distillation got underway, during the 14-15th centuries, the original technology was obviously crude, and distillers lacked the ability to rectify ('purify') the spirit.
A spicy vodka from Stolichnaya, the perfect counterpart to the other spirit they released at the same time - Sticki. This was launched in 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of flavour vodkas from Stolichnaya.
Comparatively new Finlandia variant from a company that was one of the earliest into the flavoured vodka category. As you would expect from Finlandia, this is a very clean vodka and the flavours are upfront but not OTT. Recommended.
Billed as 'the bloody original vodka spirit', this is a spirit produced in a similar manner to a vodka. It's an infusion of spices, aromatics and botanicals including chilli, black pepper and cayenne in English wheat vodka to create the perfect back bone to a bloody mary.
A spicy flavoured vodka from Absolut, mixing up sweet apple and fiery ginger for a perfect winter cocktail base. Ripe red apples are used in the production and, as with all Absolut flavours, no sugar is added whatsoever.
Zubrowka is one of the best Polish vodkas available, flavoured with a special kind of aromatic bisongrass that is so prized that it costs £400 per kilo. Long-renowned for its luxurious flavours and stellar quality, Zubrowka is simply outstanding with apple juice, especially the posh cloudy stuff. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Vodka