Review: Cirrus Vodka
With its sun-and-cloud logo and baby blue color scheme, what would you expect from the 80-proof Cirrus Vodka? Something light, summery, perhaps partly cloudy even.
Well you can’t judge a book by its cover nor a vodka by its bottle: Cirrus is serious stuff, heavy duty vodka that, if I didn’t know it was from Virginia, would swear was drawn from the teat of Mother Russia herself.
Crack open the bottle and get a whiff. No need to get up close, Cirrus fills the room with its aroma of medicine and rubbing alcohol promptly. Distilled from potatoes, old-school-like, Cirrus has an Old World structure from start to finish. It’s a little tough to drink straight. Lemon peel is there as is some herbaceousness, maybe flowers. But a moderate bitterness is a little rough on the finish, and the medicinal notes are heavy. It improves, surprisingly, as it warms up.
Fine in cocktails, I found it tough to enjoy straight. It’s also very hard to find, by the way, mainly in cities near Virginia.
B- / $22 / cirrusvodka.com
Hi, I live in VA and yeah, not a huge fan. There is a vanilla that reminds me, seriously, of Little Debbie snack cakes. I don’t know either. But it’s in there and it’s just not like any other vodka I’ve tried. I thought, Hey, it’s local and it’s better for the environment if I drink this and not something from Poland, but I just can’t get past the strange taste.
It’s much much better now. Cirrus has had ups and downs, I guess they’re doing OK financially now. The thing I’m sure about is that the vodka is better. I now agree 100% with Mr Null’s 2008 review.
I live in North Carolina where they don’t sell it. My sister, who lives in VA brings me a bottle each visit. I love it. It’s the best Vodka I’ve had.
I’m still in VA and now think it’s almost excellent vodka. B+ And it’s not the only good Va vodka. Easy to drink local in VA.