Originating in the Baltic countries, this stuff is distilled pure spirit, and like other spirits its origins are thought to be medicinal. Oh, how the tides have turned. Vodka as we know it today is a neutral distilled spirit that packs a hefty punch of alcohol. It can be made from many base materials; potatoes, grains… whatever is fermentable and readily on hand. Note that it grew up in countries too far north for grape or fruit cultivation and those long, cold, dark winters screamed for a bit of warming fire water. In Slavic, voda means water and vodka is the diminutive form of the word. These “little waters” are some of the finest examples we’ve found from around the world. They’re clean and refined – the ideal elixir to be enjoyed neat, over ice, shaken and/or stirred.