The Difference Between Vodka And Potato Vodka

The Difference Between Vodka And Potato Vodka

As spirits enthusiasts, we often find ourselves drawn into the intriguing world of vodka, appreciating its versatility and wide array of flavours. However, amidst the vast selection available, there's a particular category that stands out: potato vodka.

At D1 London Spirits, we pride ourselves on crafting exceptional spirits, including our signature potato vodka.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the fascinating differences between traditional vodka and its potato-based counterpart.

Understanding Vodka

Vodka or Wódka, known as the "little water" in its native Poland, has a long and storied history dating back centuries. Some people say that vodka was invented by a monk named Stańczyk in the early 15th century, while others claim that it was actually prince Jan III Sobieski.

Despite the ‘Vodka’ name being Russian, the origin is a long-standing debate. The oldest known written reference to Wódka can be found in a Polish manuscript from 1405; whilst others question whether it is in fact ‘vodka’, as we know it, being referred to!

Others argue that vodka was actually invented by Arab alchemists who used the spirit in the production of perfumes; where the spirit was produced using a similar production method used by the Greeks since the 8th century to desalinate water.

Traditionally vodka is made from grains (Wheat, Barley, Rye, etc), and it undergoes a distillation process that removes impurities, resulting in a clean and neutral spirit.

It's this neutrality, particularly compared to more flavoursome spirits, that makes vodka a popular choice for cocktails, allowing other ingredients to shine while providing a smooth and balanced base.  It’s also why some think it was called ‘little water’ as it is clear and relatively flavourless like water.

Today Vodkas are produced from a multitude of different bases.  Whilst grain still makes up the common volume of global vodka production, you can now find vodkas made from grapes, milk, corn, beetroot, and apples to name a few others!

When we talk potato Vodka to people we are often asked ‘isn’t that Poitín?’

No is the simple answer. Poitín is typically an Irish moonshine style spirit traditionally distilled from oats, typically malted barley – think of it like a whiskey that never made it into the barrel. 

Rumoured to have been first distilled in the 6th century monks referred to it as ‘the water of life’!  As a further historical note, Columbus didn’t bring the potato back to Europe from the Americas until the 16th century.

The strength of vodka varies significantly from brand to brand.  The one definition everyone agrees on is that if it's a distilled alcoholic beverage of no less than 37.5% ABV or alcohol content, created by mixing ethanol with water. 

If it’s less than 37.5% its not vodka! 

Introducing Potato Vodka

In recent years, potato vodka has gained recognition for its distinct character and unique flavour profile. Unlike traditional vodka made from grains, potato vodka is crafted from—you guessed it—potatoes.

This alternative base offers a richer, creamier texture and a subtly sweet taste that sets it apart from its grain-based counterparts.

At D1 London Spirits, our potato vodka undergoes a meticulous distillation process, resulting in a spirit of unparalleled quality and complexity. 

We bottle and blend our spirit to be a 40% ABV in the bottle, whilst it has a phase in its life where the spirit reaches a dizzy height of 96.2% ABV whilst we rectify it.

The Difference in Taste

One of the most noticeable differences between vodka and potato vodka lies in their taste profiles. While traditional vodka tends to be clean and neutral, potato vodka offers a depth of flavour that's both smooth and velvety. The natural sweetness of potatoes adds a subtle complexity, with hints of earthiness and a creamy mouthfeel that lingers on the palate. 

Whilst some brands add sweeteners, sugar and fruity flavours to their vodka, we’ve kept D1 pure to its principle of being a classic piece of all-natural quality, without the need for any added sugars or other flavours.

Whether sipped neat or used in cocktails, potato vodka brings a uniquely smooth dimension to the drinking experience. 

Crafting Excellence

At D1 London Spirits, we take great pride in our commitment to excellence and innovation. Our potato vodka is crafted with precision and passion, using only the finest ingredients and time-honoured techniques.

From our carefully selected potatoes to our meticulous distillation process, every step is taken to ensure that each bottle of D1 Potato Vodka embodies the essence of quality and craftsmanship.

Exploring the Possibilities

Whether you're a seasoned vodka connoisseur or new to the world of spirits, exploring the differences between traditional grain vodkas and potato vodka opens up a world of possibilities. From classic cocktails to inventive creations, the versatility of potato vodka lends itself to a wide range of drinking experiences.

At D1 London Spirits, we invite you to discover the distinctive character and exceptional quality of our potato vodka, elevating every sip to new heights of enjoyment.


In conclusion, while both vodka and potato vodka share certain similarities, it's the subtle nuances and distinct characteristics that set them apart.

A fun way to taste the difference is to bring together a selection of different vodkas and have tasting sips of them each side by side. 

If you covered the bottles and blind tasted each of them, you’d be quickly able to see what’s your favourite, and have some fun sharing the experience with friends.

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