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Monday 26 January 2015

The 10 Best vodkas

1. Belvedere Unfiltered
£43.99, thedrinkshop.com
It divides drinkers, Belvedere – some find it too subtle. But there is much to like in this diamond rye vodka which doesn't go through a final filtration.
1. Belvedere Unfiltered £43.99, thedrinkshop.com It divides drinkers, Belvedere – some find it too subtle. But there is much to like in this diamond rye vodka which doesn't go through a final filtration.
2. Konik's Tail £36.99, selfridges.com Elegant is the word that springs to mind here; delicate and almost rich, too. Flavourwise it runs the gamut from spelt nuttiness to an almost creamy vanilla.
3. Wyborowa £13.99, simplywinesdirect.co.uk They've been making this stuff for several hundred years in northern Poland. They seem to have it down to a tee.
4. Luksusowa £16, thewhiskyexchange.com Potato vodka spells harshness and zero flavour, right? Well, not with Luksusowa, which manages to be very good indeed.
5. Vestal Polasie £26.50, harveynichols.com A potato vodka named after the region it's made in eastern Poland, with a silkiness to it which is unusual in spud-based vodka. It is dense with flavour.
6. Beluga £34.95, thewhiskyexchange.com This is the best-selling posh vodka in Russia - and no surprise. It's a good drink, as soft and creamy as vodka can be.
7. Stolichnaya £26, houseoffraser.co.uk This is not quite nectar-of-the-gods standard, but it's a good solid vodka, which has a low-key flavour - making it just the thing for mixing up into cocktails.
8. Zubrowka £19.99, waitrosewine.com I can hear the incredulity, "a flavoured vodka, really?". Yes, actually, this Polish rye number, which is flavoured with subtle but tasty bison grass is a star.
9. Chase Smoked £45, harveynichols.com This is likely to infuriate purists, but it's interesting. Made in Herefordshire by the chap behind Tyrrells Crisps, it's the only oak-smoked vodka around.
10. Grey Goose £33.99, tesco.com It's a strange one, Grey Goose, an Eastern European drink made in France. But that shouldn't put you off the wheat-based vodka, as it's actually rather well done.

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