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.
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 bottle of this highly unusual limited edition 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.
A interesting twist to the already popular Ciroc Vodka. The base spirit for Ciroc Peach is made by distilling French grapes, from the Cognac region, five times. Natural ingredients are then infused to create Ciroc Peach.
Ciroc Red Berry is a 2013 addition to the UK range. Five times distilled French vodka made with grapes is blended with fresh raspberries and blackberries. Enjoy on the rocks or in a variety of cocktails.
Part joke, part dissection of a gin, this is a single botanical spirit using solely juniper as a flavour. As such it's legally a gin, as well as a flavoured vodka - the folks at Williams Chase have put on two labels, one for each designation to allow you to decide which you think it is.
A limited edition vodka from Chase, aged in casks that previously held smoky Islay whisky from the Laphroaig distillery. A very interesting experiment from the award-winning maverick Hereford distillers, who have also released a bourbon-cask-aged vodka at the same time as this one.
A interesting twist to the already popular Ciroc Vodka. The base spirit for Ciroc Coconut is made by distilling French grapes, from the Cognac region, five times. Natural ingredients are then infused to create Ciroc Coconut.
A remarkable vodka, flavoured with the Périgord truffle, known as the 'Black Diamond' in the world of very expensive fungi. Black Moth has a genuine claim to that much-abused phrase 'taste sensation' - we've never tried anything like it.
A crisp flavoured vodka from the folks at Anchor Distilling, using two different hops from the Yakima valley to create a fresh and aromatic spirit. Great as a base for a bloody mary or in a vesper martini.
A new line extension for US vodka Cold River - Blueberry. Sounds good. 'World famous' Wyman's Wild Maine Blueberries, which are smaller and intensely flavoured are steeped in alcohol, mixed with water and a very small amount of sugar (1%) and mixed with Cold River vodka.
A limited edition of Absolut Vodka, styled with sunshine, palm trees and waves as a show what Miami is known for. Flavoured with Passionfruit & Orange blossum, this one sounds perfect for sipping out in the sun.
A special limited edition litre bottle of Absolut Boston, which has been flavoured with an intriguing combination of black tea and elderflower. Absolut Boston is the third in the company's 'Cities' range, following Absolut New Orleans and Absolut Brooklyn
A delicious blend of Ultimat Polish vodka. Made with three base ingredients - wheat for smoothness, rye for complexity and potato for richness. This is then blended with black cherry flavours to produce this expression, presented in a red crystal decanter.