10 Best Premium Vodkas From Around the World

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    What Is a Luxury Vodka?

    House of Vodka Bar in Rato
    The vodka market is one of the biggest in the liquor world and finding a really good vodka is a challenge for everyone. Luckily we have a lot of great options to explore. Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

    There are many vodkas in the world. Some are good, many are mediocre, and some are spectacular. For the vodka connoisseur, it can be an endless pursuit to discover and taste all of them (though this is not a bad challenge to have).

    There is also a broad reach of what can be defined as luxury vodka. It is all a matter of perspective and it really is a subjective term that is going to be different for everyone.

    You will find many lists online that explore the luxury vodkas and they are filled with beautiful bottles that are only attainable by the rich and famous. They really are luxurious, if price defines that, and they are probably pretty good.

    However, we live in the real world where money is a factor and budgets are tight. Spending thousands on a single bottle of booze is about as close to reality as the chances of winning a lottery jackpot.

    To me, luxury is the vodka that I want to mix into my Vodka Martini. It is not my everyday well vodka, but the good stuff that comes out on special occasions is shared with a few good friends and is savored and enjoyed in the simplest of cocktails.

    It also means that the vodka is just a little bit harder to obtain than the giants of the vodka world that can be found everywhere. These are the special vodkas that you have to be 'in the know' to recognize.

    In the following pages, we will explore some of the best international vodka brands available today.

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  • 02 of 10

    Zyr Vodka - Wheat and Rye Vodka From Russia

    Zyr Russian Vodka
    Zyr Russian Vodka is a fantastic vodka that is super smooth. Drink it straight or mix it up, it's all good. Zyr Russian Vodka

    Zyr is a perfect example of Russian vodka at its finest and it deserves to be tasted right alongside every other premium vodka in the world.

    It is distilled from winter wheat and rye which has been fermented and distilled five times. The distillate is married with quintuple-filtered water before four trips through the filter and three stages of taste testing.

    It is all about the numbers with Zyr and this attention to quality pays off in the final product.

    Keep exploring Zyr Vodka.

    About Zyr Vodka

    • Russian vodka distilled five times from wheat and rye
    • 40% alc/vol (80 proof)
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  • 03 of 10

    Chase Vodka - Potato Vodka From the U.K.

    Chase Vodka
    A popular vodka from the U.K., Chase is a perfect example of smooth potato vodka. Chase Vodka

    A very fine English potato vodka, Chase is a leader in the premium vodka market. If you have yet to taste this one, be sure to add it to the list.

    Chase is unique in that it runs a field-to-bottle operation. Considered a single-estate vodka, the distillery is on the same land in Herefordshire where the potatoes grow. The vodka is distilled in both copper pot and continuous column stills and the result is a super clean spirit.

    Chase is also part of the flavored vodka market and produces Marmalade, Oak Smoked, Naked Chase Apple Vodka and Rhubarb vodkas. The distillery produces Williams Gin and a line of fruit liqueurs (raspberry, elderflower, and blackcurrant) as well.

    About Chase Vodka

    • Single-estate vodka distilled from potatoes in England
    • 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
    • Visit their website
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  • 04 of 10

    Christiania Vodka - Potato Vodka From Norway

    Christiania Vodka
    A super smooth premium vodka from Norway, Christiania can be used to make some very fine cocktails. Christiania Vodka

    Norway is not well-known for their vodkas on the international scene, but if the country produces vodkas like Christiania more often, then we should all take note.

    Trondelag potatoes and arctic spring water are the keys to Christiania's clean, smooth taste. The six distillations and charcoal filters probably don't hurt either.

    Christiania is simply a very fine vodka and it is perfect for cocktails or sipping straight.

    Explore Christiania Vodka.

    About Christiania Vodka

    • Six-time column-distilled, Trondelag potato vodka from Norway
    • 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
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  • 05 of 10

    Snow Queen Vodka - Wheat Vodka From Kazakhstan

    Snow Queen Vodka
    Kazakhstan may not be as well known for its vodka as other countries, but a shining gem is the organic wheat vodka called Snow Queen. Snow Queen Vodka

    Kazakhstan is another country that we do not typically associate with vodka -- that is until we get a taste of the brilliant Snow Queen.

    This is an organic wheat vodka that is distilled five times. It is married with Himalayan-fed spring water and goes through a birch charcoal filter.

    If you are looking for an organic vodka that is both top-shelf and tastes great on its own or in cocktails, give Snow Queen a try. Oddly enough, all of those elements are not easy to find in a single bottle, so it is nice to have one that pulls it off to perfection.

    About Snow Queen Vodka

    • Organic wheat vodka distilled five times in Kazakhstan
    • 40% alc/volume (80 proof)
    • Visit their website
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  • 06 of 10

    Reyka Vodka - Grain Vodka From Iceland

    Reyka Icelandic Vodka
    A pure and clean vodka produced in Iceland that utilizes some of the purest water in the world, Reyka is a vodka you really need to try. Reyka Vodka

    It is common knowledge that Iceland has the cleanest water in the world and it is only natural that it is also home to one of the cleanest vodkas in the world.

    While other spirits are known to take advantage of the glacial Icelandic waters, Reyka is the only vodka that is truly Icelandic, produced at the country's only distillery. The vodka is distilled from a mix of barley and wheat and the entire operation is 'green,' powered solely by the island's geothermal heat.

    Keep exploring Reyka Vodka.

    About Reyka Vodka

    • Distilled in Iceland from wheat and barley and pure glacial water
    • 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
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  • 07 of 10

    Winter Palace Vodka - Wheat Vodka From France

    Winter Palace Vodka
    A refined French vodka, Winter Palace is a simple delight and a very fine vodka. Emperor Brands

    Winter Palace is my favorite of the great selection of French vodkas imported by Emperor Brands. Why? It is quite simply a nice, clean vodka.

    It is distilled six times from French wheat and combined with fresh spring water from the esteemed Cognac region.

    This is a vodka that anyone can enjoy, even if you are not a regular vodka drinker. In cocktails or chilled and straight, Winter Palace is a regal delight no matter how you take it.

    Keep exploring Winter Palace Vodka.

    About Winter Palace Vodka

    • French vodka distilled six times from pure grain
    • 40% alc/vol. (80 proof)
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  • 08 of 10

    Crystal Head Vodka - Corn Vodka From Newfoundland

    Crystal Head Vodka
    The bottle is certainly recognizable, yet unlike many other funky vodka bottles, the spirit inside Crystal Head Vodka is no gimmick. Crystal Head Vodka

    Crystal Head is a bottle that will stand out on any liquor shelf it adorns. It may look like a novelty, but the spirit inside is an exceptionally smooth vodka.

    The vodka is distilled from "peaches and cream corn" in Newfoundland. It goes through four distillations before a seven-step filtration process. Three of those filtrations pass through Herkimer diamonds, which are actually doubly terminated quartz crystal and not diamonds as we think of them.

    The bottle was inspired by the mysterious 13 crystal heads and resulted from the collaboration of the brand's co-founders, the actor Dan Aykroyd and fine artist John Alexander.

    About Crystal Head Vodka

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    42 Below Vodka - Wheat Vodka From New Zealand

    Santa's Whiskers Cocktail - 42Below Vodka
    A vodka distilled in New Zealand, 42 Below is a fantastic brand with some fun flavors and it is perfect for creating great cocktails. 42 Below Vodka

    42 Below is an interesting vodka company. They are based in New Zealand and sponsored the 42 Below World Cup for years, pitting world-renowned bartenders against each other in crazy and extreme competitions (i.e. mixing a drink while bungee jumping).

    Distilled three times from non-genetically engineered wheat, this premium vodka is blended with natural spring water and goes through a total of 35 filters.

    The clear vodka is exceptional and the flavored vodkas are unique and fun to mix into cocktails. Some of the flavors are Feijoa, Honey (formerly Manuka Honey), Kiwi and Passion (passion fruit).

    Keep exploring 42 Below vodka.

    About 42 Below Vodka

    • Distilled three times in New Zealand from wheat
    • 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
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    Ciroc Vodka - Grape Vodka From France

    Ciroc Vodka - Premium Vodka Brand
    A premium brand of vodka, Ciroc is produced in France and includes some fantastic flavored vodkas. Ciroc Vodka

    The only grape-based vodka in the lot, Ciroc is a very fine top-shelf option. It is only natural that this premium vodka originates in France.

    The French vodka is distilled five times from mauzac blanc and ugni blanc grapes. The last distillation trip happens in a custom copper pot still at Distillerie de Chevanceaux in the French countryside.

    Ciroc has also ventured into the flavored vodka market and these are excellent in cocktails. The amaretto vodka is most notable and unique, though the line also includes coconut, peach, pineapple, and red berry.

    While Ciroc may be best known as Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' brand, the real genius behind the vodka is founder Jean-Sebastian Robiquet. Combs was brought on by Diageo to help with marketing (and it worked).

    Ciroc Cocktails

    About Ciroc Vodka