Review: Rokk Vodka

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- 

each $13

Rokk Swedish 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. Ryan on October 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hmmm Ive seen these around, but wrote them off as something cheap and nasty. I’ll give them a shot next time I see them. Thanks!

  2. George V on October 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Pleasantly surprised to hear this. The company I work for has an introductory deal where this is BOGO for the time being. I’ll have to try it now off of your recommendation.

  3. Steve on October 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I tried the regular Rokk Vodka. I agree with what you said, it is well balanced and very smooth, but has Evergreen notes that is pretty strong for a vodka, and linger somewhat. It does have that flavor which detracts from it’s strong points. I would rate it at a B+. Also, I think you should review Kul Vodka which is my favorite, but hard to find.

  4. Aisa on November 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I absolutely love this vodka. the price-point is decent. So much better than absolute

  5. Lee on November 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Love this Vodka! The citrus is so smooth and goes down so easily………better than Skyy which is my usual…………liquor store I buy it in is pricing it at $9.99…a total steal! Picky about my -V- but this is delish………… new fav……..

  6. calle on December 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

    i have never even heard of rökk and im from sweden. Its probably just german vodka they put another label on. Dumskallar.

  7. Gustav on January 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    This is suppose to be a “genuine” Swedish vodka, but here in Sweden you can´t get it anywhere. I doubt it´s even made here to be honest… But i still wanna try it, but importing from the US isn´t really worth it ^^

  8. Doug on February 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

    One of the BEST vodkas under $20 US in my book. Very smooth and clean. Beats Absolut, Skyy, and most all of the others hands down!

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