Vodka is a distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol. Vodka is a clear, unaged spirit produced using any ingredient that has fermentable sugars. ... Though the legal definition of vodka is a “colorless, odorless, flavorless” spirit, differences in aroma and taste can definitely be discerned among brands as well as among those made with different bases.
Some experts believe that first production of vodka took place back in 9th century what is now called Russia, though there are some who claim that vodka may have first been developed in the 8th century in Poland. Though the origin of vodka remains a disputed honor between the Poland and Russia, there’s perhaps no country more closely associated with vodka than Russia. After all, the country is one of the largest consumers of the spirit in the world. So they really do know a thing or two about how to make it.
And so it is to Russia we go to discover the best vodkas to hail from its vast forests, mountainous regions and grand cities. With water a key factor in the finished vodka, and many brands using waters from local springs, location is important.