April 26, 2007

Cirrus Vodka Review

A little while back we got our hands on a bottle of Cirrus Vodka, a small batch brand made down in Virginia. We haven't gotten a chance to taste it yet, and we decided today's the perfect day because of the rain falling outside...what better day to taste a vodka named after a cloud?

Read on for our thoughts and tasting notes on Cirrus - and to find out if it was a bright spot or if we felt like we'd hit a patch of bad weather.

Cirrus Vodka
Potato Vodka Distilled in Virginia
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $22 for 750ML
Website (Not Up at Press Time)

The Look:
We like the tall, slender, frosted glass bottle Cirrus came in. The bottle has an elegant look - it's not the most distinctive bottle we've ever seen, but it's very good looking and classy-looking enough to give as a gift. The vodka itself is, unsurprisingly, clear.

The Nose:
Your typical vodka has no nose at all, or at least just has the slight twang of alcohol. That's what most of vodkas are going for. Cirrus has taken another tack and has given its vodka a rich, creamy nose that's just this side of sweet. One reviewer even went as far as to say he thought he smelled a bit of liqueur when he sniffed - he swore up and down there was a faint odor of Kahlua.

We wouldn't quite go that far, but we see where he was headed - this vodka smells damned good, and it's different than we're used to. That's definitely not a bad thing.

The Taste:
Cirrus has a slight taste of vanilla and overall sweetness, combined with a nice full mouth feel. This isn't too surprising from a potato vodka, but these guys have it done right. We liked it most on the rocks or shaken with ice and drunk straight - it let the full flavor of the vodka have its rein. We tried it in some mixed drinks and we liked it, but we recommend you stay simple when you mix it so you can accentuate its inherent sweetness without stomping on its flavor with a bunch of ingredients.

The Verdict:
Clocking in a just over $20, Cirrus is a damned good deal for a distinctive vodka, especially one that won a gold medal right out of the gate at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. As far as we know it's currently only available in the Virginia area, but we're hoping to see it popping up in liquor stores in our area soon. [Update: Cirrus is also available in Washington DC and Tennessee; it will soon be available in South Carolina.] It might be named after a cloud, but Cirrus was our sunshine on this rainy day.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 26, 2007 7:40 AM
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