Best Vodka deals of the day: Monday 30th November
Today’s star deal is for Mamont: save a whopping £10.11 at Amazon. You’ll also great deals on Stolichnaya, Grey Goose, Cîroc (Original and Apple), Haku and Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka at Amazon. Head to Morrisons for big savings on Zubrowka, Grey Goose, Smirnoff, Russian Standard – and more. Visit Master of Malt for £5 off Broken Clock.
Mamont STAR DEAL
This Siberian vodka is distilled six times and filtered through Siberian rock. We love the striking mammoth-tooth bottle.
£39 Now £28.89 at Amazon (Save £10.11)
This Japanese vodka is made from white rice (‘haku’ means ‘white’ in Japanese) and bamboo charcoal filtered, for a pure, soft taste.
£35 Now £27.80 at Amazon UK (save £7.20)
Crystal Head Vodka
Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head has a skull-shaped bottle and a very clean palate with notes of vanilla, white pepper and an edge of spice.
£47 Now £38.89 at Amazon UK (save £7.11)
This winter wheat vodka from Sweden with its iconic bottle design is one of the world’s best-selling premium vodkas. An absolute classic.
£27.95 Now £21 at Amazon (Save £6.95)
Grey Goose L’Orange
Grey Goose was the world’s first premium vodka, created by François Thibault. Flavoured with orange essence, the L’Orange variant is great for cocktails or in a V&T.
£39.00 Now £32.99 at Amazon (Save £6.01)
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
This distinctive Polish vodka infused with Hierochloe Odorata grass. A unique translucent green colour and a herbal taste.
£20.50 Now £15 at Morrisons (Save £5.50)
One of the best-loved luxury vodkas, Belvedere is a four-times distilled Polish rye vodka. Incredibly smooth with a spicy boost.
£36.99 Now £31.99 at Amazon (Save £5)
Cyber Monday vodka offers
- Amazon UK – Savings across spirits, including vodka
- Waitrose – Up to 25% off vodka brands, including Absolut
- Master of Malt – £5 off deals on top brands and daily flash sales
- The Whisky Exchange – Reductions on brands, including Kavka and Vestal
- Morrisons – Low prices on Smirnoff, Russian Standard, Absolut. Order by 1st December.
- Amazon US – Savings across all spirits, including premium vodka
- ReserveBar.com – Great reductions across the range
- Selfridges US – Save 20% on Riedel glassware
Vodka has a long heritage, tracing its roots back to Eastern Europe. Mentions of vodka appear in texts from the Middle Ages in Poland, Russia and Sweden. But production spread to the rest of Eastern and Northern Europe – including Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Belarus – and then to the rest of the word.
So what is vodka? It’s a clear spirit that can be distilled from any starch- or sugar-rich fermentable agricultural crop. These include wheat, rye, rice, sugar beets and potatoes. Distilling produces a super-strong alcoholic spirit, which is then ‘cut’ with water to bring down the abv and make it drinkable.
Obviously production methods have improved considerably over time and today modern vodkas can be distilled, once, twice, three or four times – or even hundreds of times if a process called continuous distillation is used – in search of perfect purity.
For some traditional vodka producers, distilling is enough. But producers in the west and the United States go a step further by filtering their vodka, which removes any impurities left behind after distillation.
As with distillation, vodkas can be filtered multiple times, using a variety of materials. Typically charcoal is most popular, but stone, quartz and even diamonds are used by some producers.
Choosing the right vodka
How do you find the right vodka for you? Although vodka is characterised by its neutral taste, there’s actually plenty of variety on offer: from good value buys to smooth premium vodkas and flavoured variants.
Think about how you prefer to drink vodka. Are you going to enjoy it neat – either sipped or in a shot? Or pair it with a mixer such as tonic, ginger ale or cola?
If you’re drinking vodka neat, you want something with a smooth texture – think Absolut, Finlandia, Stolichnaya or Smirnoff. For sipping vodkas head towards the premium, super-premium and luxury end of the market: brands like Grey Goose, Belvedere and Cîroc.
If you’re pairing with a mixer, texture is less important. You need a vodka that will deliver that kick of alcohol, even when it’s diluted. Good value brands like Russian Standard and Eristoff will work perfectly. The same rule applies for mixing with fruit juices: vodka cranberry or vodka and orange for example.
Fruit-flavoured vodkas are fun for shots, but also make a really simple, summery cocktail with tonic. Our favourites include Grey Goose L’Orange, Chase Rhubarb and Absolut Mango. Pair Vestal Black Cherry vodka with cola for an addictive take on cherry coke.
If you’re using vodka to mix up cocktails, there’s plenty of choice. Because of its neutral taste vodka works brilliantly in a whole range of cocktails, from fruity mixes like the Cosmoplitan and Screwdriver; to a creamy White Russian; savoury Bloody Mary or with coffee in a punchy Espresso Martini.
It’s a helpful idea to talk to bartenders and find out their preferred choice for your favourite cocktail. But a general rule of thumb is that in drinks with just a few ingredients, always try to use a better quality of vodka.
That’s certainly true if you enjoy a sophisticated Vodka Martini. This classic mix of vodka and vermouth puts your vodka front and centre stage, so always choose a premium brand for your Vodkatini.
Are luxury vodkas worth the price?
If you Google ‘most expensive vodkas’ the search will deliver an eye-watering selection of prices. Top of the list is Billionaire’s Vodka, which is marketed as ‘the world’s most expensive vodka’ and retails for a whopping $3,750,000 (£2,789,025) for a six-litre Methusalem.
The vodka is ice-filtered, then filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and finally filtered through crushed diamonds and gems. It’s sold in a platinum- and rhodium-encased, diamond-encrusted crystal bottle, with solid gold labels and a neckband encrusted with diamonds.
While vodkas costing millions of dollars are aimed firmly at Russian oligarchs and the super-wealthy, there are more ‘affordable’ luxury bottlings running to hundreds or thousands of pounds. But are they worth the money?
Often these price-tags are simply the result of luxury packaging. For example back in 2008 Oval vodka launched its Swarovski crystal bottle, encrusted with sparkly gems and retailing for a cool £3,500 ($6,922).
If bling’s your thing, these bottles can be worth the investment. It’s no different to buying a luxury watch or jewellery.
But if you have an interest in what’s inside the bottle as well, you can find much better value lower down the price spectrum – though still with some glitzy packaging that will make a great gift for a special occasions.
For example Gem Diva Vodka is a quality Scottish wheat vodka presented in a bottle with a wand of glittering Swarovski Elements crystals. It sells at Master of Malt for £109.92.
Or what about Belvedere’s Silver Saber? This laser-cut metallic magnum contains Belvedere’s signature premium vodka, but can be customised with names, dates or a personal message for a memorable birthday or anniversary gift. Yours for £134 at Clos19.
More top vodka deals
Eristoff is a grain whisky, triple-distilled and charcoal-filtered. It’s named after the noble Eristoff family from Georgia, who created the recipe in 1806 – but despite the Eastern European label and packaging, the vodka is actually produced in France. A good value crowd-pleaser, Eristoff is a clean and crisp, with a hint of toastiness and aniseed spice on an otherwise neutral palate; a versatile choice for cocktails. Alc 37.5%
Ketel One Vodka
Made by 10th generation distillers – with over 300 years of expertise – this is one of the smoothest and cleanest vodkas on the market today. This Dutch vodka is distilled in small batches and made from 100% GMO-free European wheat. It has a crisp citrus flavour with notes of honey and a long and lively finish. It makes a great cocktail but if you like your vodka neat this is a great choice, chilled or served over a little ice. Alc 40%
This wheat and barley vodka is distilled in Iceland using glacial spring water and sustainable energy from geothermal heat – earning it the label of ‘world’s first green vodka’ when it launched in 2005. Full and rounded, with a creamy vanilla note that plays against peppery spice and fresh citrus, Reyka delivers a classic Vodka Martini. Alc 40%
Classic Russian vodka Stolichnaya is made from wheat and rye, and triple-filtered through quartz, charcoal, then quartz again. Notes of creamy vanilla, grain and spice on the nose, leading to a creamy palate with fresh citrus notes and a spicy finish with liquorice and menthol notes. Alc 40%