Review: Cirrus Vodka

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.

80 proof.

B- / $22 /

Cirrus Vodka




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. cange on September 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    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.

  2. CANGE on October 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    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.

    • J Norton on July 9, 2022 at 5:09 am

      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.

  3. Cange on November 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    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.

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