The noble country of Sweden brings us this new vodka, Rökk — a name meant to invoke “on the rocks,” the way it might best be consumed, but which doesn’t really mean anything in Swedish.
Distilled from unspecified grains, it is available straight and in a variety of flavors. Its claim to fame: A “freeze filtering” process that takes the vodka to sub-zero temperatures before charcoal filtering the near-frozen vodka.
We tried all five expressions. The flavored versions are each 70 proof.
UPDATE: This just in from Rokk: The name is derived from Rok, the largest rune-stone and earliest known documentation of Swedish literature; Rokk is also crafted with European wheat.
Rokk Swedish Vodka is a standard 80-proof neutral spirit with a quality that belies its budget price. The aroma evokes pine needles and feels almost Christmasy — and I mean that in a good way. On the body you’ll find a honey-like character, more evergreen notes, and a pleasant, smooth finish. Very surprising to get such balance and smoothness — yet some interesting character — from a vodka this affordable. A-
Rokk Citrus Vodka has notes of lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit on the nose, and the palate is quite pleasant. Follows through on the palate, with a bit of lemon peel bite on the back-end. B+
Rokk Orange Vodka is not to be confused with Rokk Citrus. The nose again has tangerine in it — more so than straight Tropicana orange — but lacks that lemon kick. The body is more candy-like, with pleasant sweetness that the Citrus version lacks. A-
Rokk Apple Vodka has huge green apple notes on the nose and the body. I was skeptical at first that this could be any good, but it’s an impressive and authentic flavor. A bit of bite on the back end is my only complaint. B+
Rokk Raspberry Vodka is, as one might expect, the fruit bomb of the bunch. But the flavor is genuine and, while it’s very sweet, the overall effect is actually pretty pleasant. Definitely a Cosmo vodka. A-