The 10 Best vodkas

Whether you’re fixing yourself a strong martini or simply serving it over ice with lime, we’ve got the pure spirit for the job...

1. Belvedere Unfiltered


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


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


They've been making this stuff for several hundred years in northern Poland.They seem to have it down to a tee.

4. Luksusowa


Potato vodka spells harshness and zero flavour, right? Well, not with Luksusowa, which manages to be very good indeed.

5. Vestal Polasie


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


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


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


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


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


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.