10 Best Vodkas You Need In Your Bar Cart
When you have the best vodka in your bar cart, your possibilities are virtually limitless. From Japanese white rice vodka, organic quinoa vodka to caviar vodka, there is something for everyone on this list.
One of the best ways to enjoy vodka and truly appreciate its flavour is by having it in a cold glass with nothing but an ice cube. We understand it might not be everyone’s first choice, which is why you will find the recommended cocktail which each best vodka on the list below.
We have tried, tasted and bring you our top 10 best vodkas you need on your shelf.
1X Muse Vodka
X MUSE is the first blended barley vodka distilled in Scotland, a country with centuries of spirit-making tradition. Using two heritage varieties of barley, Maris Otter and Plumage Archer, distilled separately using the purest water as the base element of X MUSE is drawn from an ancient aquifer at Scotland’s Bonnington Estate. A process unique to X Muse. It is this careful orchestration of barleys, prized for their flavour, that makes X MUSE so smooth and complex.
Palate : A clean minerality, with undertones of lemon zest, and sweet notes of barley and peppery grain.
Cocktail Recommendation : X Muse Mule
2Beluga Gold Line Vodka
Named after the most expensive caviar in the world, the refined, rich taste of Beluga Gold Line Vodka results from its unique composition, mainly due to the malt spirit and the purest water. This helps to smoothen the taste of vodka. Produced in western, Siberia, Beluga Gold Line unlike other Beluga vodkas, in this series the trademark blend of artesian water and malt spirit passes through not three but five rounds of filtering.
Each bottle comes with its own serial number and a cork stopped with sealing wax. To clean out the sealing wax, each bottle of Beluga Gold Line comes with an elegant hammer and brush, emphasizing 100% authenticity and individuality of this special series vodka with an imposing attitude.
Palate : Pure, with a creamy texture and hints of vanilla, white pepper and sage.
Cocktail Recommendation : Beluga
3L’Orbe Caviar Vodka
L’Orbe’s Caviar Vodka is the first naturally infused vodka with caviar. This patented innovation combines the finest spirits with the most precious ingredients, making impossible pairings possible. The ingredients are encapsulated in a glass vial using a unique pearl technology. The pearl protects the ingredient and enables all its flavours to infuse slowly into the spirit, without decay or detriment.
Palate : Delicately silky texture, with a fresh, elegant wave of sweetness and a light creaminess. Then distinct, structured notes of caviar appear, creating a sweet-savoury balance, with some underlying dryness
Cocktail Recommendation : Lorbe Martini
4Crystal Head Vodka
Crafting the purest, smoothest vodka with one of a kind packaging and imaginative thinking. Crystal Head uses only the highest-quality ingredients to create unique expressions of ultra-premium vodka that are completely additive-free. This smooth vodka is filtered three times through layers of semi-precious crystals known as Herkimer diamonds. Together, Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander designed the iconic skull shaped bottle as a symbol of life, reflecting power and enlightenment. The iconic skull-shaped bottle is produced in Europe, where bits of crystal are melted into the glass to ensure absolute clarity.
Palate : Crystal Head Vodka offers a clean, clear and colourless spirit. On the nose–neutral grain aromas with a delicate touch of citrus. Silky smooth with a hint of sweetness and vanilla. Ending with a sweet, creamy finish.
Cocktail Recommendation : Cold Comfort
5Suntory Haku Vodka
Haku is the premium Japanese craft vodka from the House of Suntory. Its unique creation process starts in Kagoshima and ends in Osaka, Japan. Made with 100% Japanese white rice, the name Haku means “white” in Japanese. Filtered through bamboo charcoal, Haku has an unparalleled soft, round, and subtly sweet taste.
Palate : A rich taste that gradually envelops the mouth with the natural sweetness and complex flavour of the rice.
Cocktail Recommendation : Martini Lemon Peel
6FAIR Quinao Vodka
FAIR Vodka is the first vodka made from organic quinoa. The result of research by both French distillers and Bolivian farmers. Quinoa is a grain that has been farmed for over 5000 years by the Incas. It grows at over 13000 ft in elevation in the Andes mountains, in volcanic soils. Once the quinoa arrives in Cognac, it is brewed by a micro-brewer. The 5.5% quinoa mash is then distilled in a single column still together with an organic corn alcohol.
Palate : Balanced between green and fruit notes
Cocktail Recommendation : Andean Mule
The water comes from a glacial spring that runs through a 4000-year-old lava field. It is some of the purest in the world. Distilled in one of the few carter – head in the world. It’s high copper level gives Reyka unparalleled smoothness from a single distillation. Reyka is distilled in small batches to ensure exceptional quality. Each distillation takes about 6 hours and makes only 255 cases.
Palate : Clean, slightly sweet with subtle aniseed and fennel, faint vanilla and light peppery spice.
Cocktail Recommendation : Iceland Spritz
8Nemiroff Burning Pear Vodka
Nemiroff’s production dates back to 1872 and is known as the largest distillery in Podillia. Podillia is the land of thousands of lakes and artesian springs. Water used for Nemiroff vodka undergoes natural mineral filtration and remains natural and pure during the entire production process. This is the basis for the perfect taste of Nemiroff products. Nemiroff’s Burning Pear Vodka, the winner of the Taste Master Award, comes highly recommended and is currently one of the best vodkas on the market.
Palate : Its 16th century inspired, all natural honey pepper infusion recipe, and fresh pear flavourings to create an all new taste sensation. Nemiroff Burning Pear offers a velvety, mellow flavour that opens with sweet honey pear notes, followed by just a touch of heat in a rich, new way.
Cocktail Recommendation : Burning Pear Twist
Produced in one of the world’s longest operating polish distilleries that has been making vodka since 1910, Belvedere’s Master Rye Distillers draw from a 600-year polish vodka-making history. Made from Polish rye, purified water from a natural artesian well on the grounds of the Belvedere distillery and a distillation process by fire. Belvedere’s Polish rye is a special heritage grain which imparts distinct taste and character.
Palate : Full and round with medium body and a naturally smooth, rich and velvety texture. Light vanilla notes sway between sweet and savory, with a hint of black pepper and spice.
Cocktail Recommendation : Belvedere B
10Absolut Elyx Vodka
Every drop of Absolut Elyx is made from winter wheat grown on one single estate in southern Sweden. The Råbelöf estate has been cultivating its wheat since the 1400’s. The region has the ideal climate for producing winter wheat, with dry, cold winters and long, warm summers. Absolut Elyx is made using a vintage copper column still from 1921. Thousands of copper packets are used sacrificially, removing unwanted compounds and contributing to a rich final product, making it one of the best vodkas available on the market.
Palate : Full bodied, luscious silky mouthfeel with waves of rich macadamia nuts, creamed cereal and garnishes of white chocolate and buttery notes of freshly baked bread. Light fresh nuttiness with a well-balanced hint of mellow spice and pure balanced richness.
Cocktail Recommendation : Casino Royal