Review: Ciroc White Grape and Pineapple Vodka
France’s Ciroc, which distills its vodka from grapes, recently launched two new flavors. Pineapple is part of the permanent lineup, while White Grape is a “limited edition” flavor — although it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. We tried them both, and our thoughts follow as always.
Both are 70 proof.
Ciroc White Grape Vodka – “Infused with white grape and other natural flavors.” On first blush, “grape” wasn’t what hit me, but rather a more undefined sugar character that on the nose feels vaguely candylike, with notes of white sugar, cotton candy, and Hawaiian Punch. The grape elements are more evident on the palate, which again doesn’t particularly hit the tongue with notes of table grapes but rather something closer to grape-flavored candy, rather frivolous and stuffed with enough sugar to put you into a coma. A light medicinal character, evident on the finish, doesn’t do much here to even things out. C / $35 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Ciroc Pineapple Vodka – “Infused with pineapple flavor and other natural flavors.” Classic, sweet pineapple — just short of candylike — hits hard on the nose, while the palate dials the sweetness back just the right amount. Secondary elements run to coconut and vanilla, giving this a laser-focused tropical character — with a floral, hibiscus-like character emerging on the finish. There’s a surprising depth here for a vodka billed as merely being a “pineapple” vodka, and it works well as a mixer. A- / $32 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
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