Review: Ciroc Vodka

Review: Ciroc Vodka

Diddy knows what’s up.

Ciroc (or more properly Cîroc) is a high-end vodka, one of the earlier grape-based vodkas, and now that Puff Daddy is behind it as a promoter, it’s probably sky’s-the-limit for the brand.

This French vodka is not just made from grapes but from “snap frost” grapes, which (I guess) means the grapes are harvested immediately after the first frost. (Search for “snap frost grapes” online and all you’ll come up with are stories about Ciroc vodka.) Distilled five times and bottled at 80 proof, it goes into a fancy bottle and then on to your stomach.

This is indeed a pretty good vodka, about on par with other grape-based vodkas though somewhat more medicinal than most. There’s a strong lemon tone after you cut through the antiseptic character, and some herbal, almost licorice, undertones in the glass, too. This is an interesting vodka for drinking straight, though ultimately I have a few other brands I prefer a little better; Ciroc’s oddly bitter finish makes it a little tricky.

80 proof.


Ciroc 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. justin payne on September 7, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    this is a decent vodka if used to make a mixed drink. Im not up on all the lingo, but it has some funky after tastes. No burn. which i like not having.

  2. duh... on September 17, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    this is the only grape vodka…so i don’t know what you could’ve compared it to…

  3. Christopher Null on September 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Boomerang and Swan’s Neck are both also distilled from grapes. Both are reviewed on this site.

  4. Ashley Dillard on November 24, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I love Ciroc. I see why Puff was running around on stage after the BET awards, its very smooth and taste great with lemons or straight. Drink responsibly this is a GREAT party vodka.

  5. roman rudy on December 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Hi i have tried Ciroc and I give it high marks. It’s a bit different then what I would perfer.
    I think the best new vodka is called “45th parellel”. I tried the 45th and hands down a better vodka. Try it I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

  6. DaveyDave on February 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    ciroc is my fav clear and landy is my fav dark

  7. sarabux on February 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Diddy with vodka, Marilyn Manson with absinthe, Snoop with Landy.. how appropriate

  8. caysie on February 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    yeah very appropriate…that should make you understand why Landy’s taste is so smooth…very similar to the Godfather of Hip-Hop Snoop D-O-Double G

  9. kaytee on February 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    man forget Diddy! It’s all about keepin’ it OG with Snoop and Landy!! No one else knows how to do it right!

  10. blutoj on March 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I work in a liquor store and this vodka came out of nowhere when Sean Combs started promoting it-people were asking for it and we got it and I tried it and whoa!While I am not a vodka person this is the one vodka I will drink-I enjoy it chilled straight up or in chilled shooters with lemonade.

  11. Jesse on April 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Yea this vodka was dead in the water until Puffy got behind it
    now it is a mover and shaker! Boomerang is a good vodka half the price.
    similar style…

  12. Charles on April 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I consider myself a vodka connoisseur and Ciroc takes the cake. It goes down smooth, but is still distinctly recognizable as premium vodka. To rank my top 3:

    1. Ciroc
    2. Ketel One
    3. Smirnoff (commonly discounted due to its affordable pricing, but by far the best bang-for-your-buck vodka on the market)

  13. Reyka on May 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Ciroc is an excellent Vodka, although QUITE unique.

    Is certainly is pronounced with Grape flavors, with anise and licorice undertones.

    This Vodka, none-the-less un-traditional, is a great product. Very smooth with little burning; just enough to remind you it’s a Vodka.

    While in the top of my list for uniqueness alone, it stands out as a great Vodka despite its uniqueness. There are certainly other traditional Vodkas out there that beat Ciroc, that by no-means detracts from the excellence of this product.

    To Charles: I simply do not understand how you could characterize Smirnoff as a good Vodka; it simply sucks.

    My top-two Vodka’s are:

    1) Ed Phillips & Sons Prairie (Organic)
    2) Iceland Reyka

    And as a rule, remember, Grey Goose is good… but not for the price.

  14. Reyka on May 25, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    To add; wtf is with Diddy all over… lol.

    Oh puffy…

    btw; the site seems to work fine in Firefox 3.0.10.

  15. CM on July 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Definitely my favorite vodka! I drink it with Lemonade and grape juice, also known ass the OG Diddy. I found out how to make it here:

  16. Michelle on August 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t even drink Vodka, but hands down this is one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. Ciroc and lemonade is the s**t. firstrarelady

  17. Mike Oxbick on February 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    just got a blumpkin.and downed a bottle of saliva, and ciroc best vod

  18. elitstoliitis on December 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Good Lord Ciroc sucks, you guys are easily impressed. For half the price I can find you dozen of vodkas that will blow Ciroc away. It is very overpriced and over hyped. It is not vodka to sip on or take a shot of, absolutely terrible. B+ is being too generous and I am completely serious.

  19. Christos from Greece on December 25, 2010 at 12:10 am

    1) Grey Goose
    2) Beluga
    3) Ciroc
    4) Belvedere

  20. George on July 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ciroc is so disgusting, has to be the WORST “top shelf” vodka there is.

  21. Scott on February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    People are so stupid. I get so sick of stupid people. For example, people who say things like “Ciroc is terrible!” as if it were an objective statement. Do these people understand “objective” vs. “subjective”? Of course not.

    I happen to love Ciroc. I wish I didn’t. It’s one of the most expensive vodkas out there. I really do enjoy the taste; and I drink it neat. That means straight out of the bottle, at room temperature. I do not grade on a curve.

    I like Tito’s as well, but Tito’s strength is how clean it is. It’s absolutely inoffensive.

    And for some reason, I could swear I get a better buzz from Ciroc. I have no idea why that is, but it’s absolutely true.

  22. Shannon on July 6, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Ciroc and other Grape distilled vodkas are good for people who cannot have grains or nightshades (potato).

    • Christopher Null on July 7, 2022 at 9:04 am

      Grain/gluten does not survive distillation no matter what it’s distilled from. The only way you get these things in a spirit is through additives after distillation.

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