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Straight Up: The Top Six Vodkas to Add to Your Martini

When discussing premium vodka, brands like Grey Goose, Belvedere and Ciroc immediately come to mind. And while these vodka brands indeed produce excellent vodka, there’s an incredible range of top tier vodkas out there to explore.

So, whether you love a Moscow Mule or a Bloody Mary – or you even enjoy drinking vodka straight – we’ve put together our top picks to add to your bar cart. Or freezer, but that’s a topic for another day.

Beluga Gold Line Vodka

Made with artesian water and malt and processed through five levels of filtration in Siberia, a bottle of Beluga Gold Line is sure to make anyone feel like royalty. Described as tasting ‘unbelievably soft and silky smooth’ by Rolling Stone, Beluga’s Gold Line Vodka is up there with some of the best. Sold in a leather case along with a wooden hammer, Beluga knows how to create a sense of luxury with all their products.

Crystal Head Vodka

Contained within an incredibly distinctive skull-shaped glass bottle you will find on the nose neutral grain aromas with a hint of citrus. Made with Canadian corn, Crystal Head Vodka is distilled four times and filtered through a layer of Herkimer diamonds. Offering hints of sweetness and vanilla, it’s easy to see why this vodka is an award-winner.

Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka

Produced in an old aircraft hanger near San Francisco, Hangar 1 captures California fog which is then blended with vodka crafted from distilled Chenin Blanc and Viogner wine. The result from this curious production method? An incredibly crisp vodka with tasting notes of honeysuckle, citrus and pear that is perfect for drinking neat.

Haku Vodka

Filtered through bamboo charcoal and made with 100 per cent pure Japanese rice, Haku Vodka from the House of Suntory is a must try for all vodka connoisseurs. Offering a smooth finish and complex flavours of rice, Haku is best served with soda and lime.

CLIX Vodka

Distilled an incredible 159 times, CLIX vodka is a smooth and subtle vodka with notes of vanilla, cinnamon and white pepper. With only 2,000 bottles ever produced, CLIX is hard to come by.

Black Cow

As the world’s first pure milk vodka, Black Cow is a truly unique vodka brand. Made with what’s left from the cheese making process, Black Cow uses an ancient methods of milk fermentation to produce a clear and clean vodka with creamy character. Sip this unusual vodka neat or mix into your favourite cocktail.

After some more high end spirits to add to your bar cart? Read about the world’s most expensive gins here.

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