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.
Hand-distilled under vacuum in London's Highgate by Master Distiller Ian Hart, Sacred is an aromatic, complex vodka flavoured with seven botanicals including angelica, nutmeg and distilled frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) from which its name is derived.
From the same stable as the popular Jeremiah Weed whiskey liqueur comes this curious hybrid. Composed of sweet tea flavoured vodka, bourbon natural flavours and caramel colour, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Flavoured Vodka & Bourbon Whiskey is extremely popular in the US.
Square One is an organic vodka from the USA and their basil infused variety uses 4 types of the herb, Genovese, Thai, Lemon and Sweet, along with coriander, honeysuckle and lemongrass to produce a complex herbal spirit.
A very interesting addition to the range from American vodka brand Square One - this botanical vodka made with 100% organic rye has been flavoured with a variety of interesting ingredients including pear, camomile, rosemary and lavender.
An exciting variant from Belvedere, made not with black raspberries (as the name might suggest) but blackcurrants and raspberries, with a hint of rose petal. Serve long with soda, lime and plenty of ice for a delicious summer cooler.
A very limited edition run - just 1000 bottles - of this highly unusual vodka from Chase distillery, which has been smoked with English oak for an intriguingly delicious flavour almost reminiscent of a fine reposado tequila or mezcal. This is superb, and was named as Best Potato Vodka in a recent taste-test by Harper's Wine & Spirit magazine.
A superb vodka, whose original limited edition release completely sold out, from the splendid Chase distillery. This is flavoured with Seville Orange Marmalade and is brilliant in mixed drinks - try with grapefruit juice and a spot of grenadine.