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.
A limited edition bottle of Stolichnaya, originally introduced for travel retail. Yuri Gorbachev has created this colourful label, which represents four of the factors in Stolichnaya creation - earth, fire, water and air.
Another interesting release in Smirnoff's range of flavoured vodkas. Infused with dark roasted espresso, this coffee flavoured vodka is bottled at a strength of 50%, leading to a richer drinking experience.
A bottle of sweet tea flavoured vodka from Virginia-based James river Plantation. Made using real brewed tea combined with vodka, serve one part to three parts chilled water for a 'southern Sweet Tea'.
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.
Five Wives is a Utah-produced vodka first intorudced at the end of 2011. Distilled using a 50/50 blend of corn and wheat using water from the Wasatch mountains, this has a subtle sweetness on the palate.
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.
Chase's Late Harvest Raspberry Vodka is made using local Pixley raspberries. Harvested late, they are steeped in Chase's Vodka, macerated and then the blend is redistilled. Finally this is then blended with fresh raspberry juice to give a fresh raspberry taste to this flavoured vodka.