Vodka is the world’s best-selling spirit, enjoyed worldwide thanks to its neutral flavour and the ease of which it can be used in various drinks. Despite this, in the Nordic and Eastern European countries, it is most commonly enjoyed neat. The word itself comes from the Slavic word “voda”, meaning water, with the earliest recorded mention of the spirit being in a set of Polish court documents dating back to 1405. The Russians also have a claim to the spirit, with various ancient records of vodka contained within early pharmaceutical lists. It is interesting to consider that, prior to the 1950s, vodka was rarely drunk outside of Europe. Today, however, it is a spirit more popular than rum and whisky.Vodka can be quite simply defined as a neutral-tasting distilled spirit. It can be made from a great variety of ingredients, with various cereal grains, potatoes, grapes and sugars used in its production. Distillation often takes place several times, in a bid to purify and neutralise the flavour, and many vodka distilleries make use of multiple filtrations as well. Below you’ll see a huge selection of 3cl samples of vodka from around the world, including the superb Siberian vodka, Mamont, the legendary Grey Goose from France, and new, artisan-style vodkas such as Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka.