Vodka is much more interesting than it might appear to the casual observer. Scrape beneath the surface and you’ll find a spirit with a rich and diverse history, made from a variety of raw materials, each of which affect the finished product’s final taste, and sometimes flavoured with a quite bewildering array of different fruits, herbs and spices from every corner of the globe.

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VODKA

Once you start to delve into the world of vodka, you’ll find a fascinating product with bags of history and a wide range of styles and flavours. The raw material used has a big effect on a finished vodka’s taste, as does the mind-boggling variety of herbs, spices and fruits used as flavourings.

A traditional vodka-producing column still

Vodka’s origins lie in either Russia or Poland more than 1,000 years ago. There is no definitive evidence as to who was first, but what is certain is that commercial distillation flourished in both countries in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Early vodkas were pot-distilled and flavoured with herbs, spices and honey to disguise their more unpalatable impurities. These vodkas were considered to have medicinal properties: the Polish physician Stefan Falimierz, writing in his 1534 treatise On Herbs & Their Potency, noted that vodka helped to ‘increase fertility and awaken lust’.