At Home Booze Review: Ciroc Vodka


SAY WHAT? You heard me correctly. I’m drinking vodka. A slight departure from the usual never hurt anyone. And it was a complementary bottle. So there.


WHAT DO YOU THINK? Well, here’s the thing: I personally find vodka to be extremely boring. I mean, the whole point of vodka is to distill it until it doesn’t taste like anything, and this stuff is distilled FIVE times. But what is interesting about Ciroc is this: whereas most vodkas are derived from grains or potatoes, this one is unique in that it is made from French “Snap Frost” grapes.

Unlike grain, grapes don’t need heat to release their sugars, so CÎROC® uses cold maceration, cold fermentation, and cold storage processes. Until now, only top fine wine producers practiced this process. This technique further preserves its distinctive freshness and extracts a more flavorful combination of the fruit character.

BUT IF IT’S MADE FROM GRAPES, HOW CAN IT BE CONSIDERED A ‘VODKA?’ Evidently, since it is distilled at 96% and is not aged, it fulfills the requirements/qualities of a vodka. Although, from what I gather, it sounds more like a clear brandy that’s made in France. But what do I know.

SO, IS IT GOOD? Meh. I’m underwhelmed. It had an upfront harshness that surprised me for a high-end vodka, while the finish was kind of…bitter. I didn’t try and mix it with anything, but with a bottle of supposedly-primo vodka, one would hope that mixing it with something else would not be necessary.

YOUR VERDICT? Well, unless Sean Combs and his crew come by sometime soon, I have a feeling this bottle’s going to be sitting on my shelf for a while.