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 Coconut is made by distilling French grapes, from the Cognac region, five times. Natural ingredients are then infused to create Ciroc Coconut.
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 50cl bottle of Vichie Pitia Caraway - an old school vodka using 18th century ideas, copper pot stills, multiple distillations and excellent ingredients. The spirit is then flavoured with caraway before bottling at a healthy 58% ABV.
A 50cl bottle of Viche Pitia Lemon and Milk Vodka – made by a collaboration using Russian recipes, but French equipment in the cognac region. Made using 18th century methods, this is an intriguing vodka. World Drinks Awards 2014: World's Best Flavoured Vodka