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 rather unusual flavoured vodka from Sputnik, triple distilled and infused with handpicked organic Horseradish from a farm with sells to the top Russian restaurants. This also makes a great spicy Bloody Mary - just add tomato juice and season to your taste - and is a perfect match for a steak.
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.