Rouge Vodka Review

Rouge Vodka
Rouge Vodka

The vodka market has more variations on a theme than almost anywhere else.  When you are making a fairly neutral grain spirit, there are only a few places you can really tweak for flavor and experience.  A vodka distiller can decide to let the source grain show through or hide it.  The way it’s distilled (in a pot of column still) and how many times it’s been run through are variable.  The final space for adjustment, aside from flavoring, is filtering or polishing.  In this space a vodka is typically run through charcoal filters to strip it of anything that may have been captured in the distillation process, and to try to give the vodka a softer, smoother character.

Rouge Vodka adds another element into this mix by adding in white rose petals to the filtering process.  This is different from an infusion, where something is soaked into a vodka to impart some of its flavor, so it’s a much more subtle and ethereal way of imparting flavor and character.

Rouge Vodka (80 proof – $24) is five times distilled from “grain” – it’s hard to pick out exactly which grain is at work here, but we’re guessing it’s based on one of the mass produced “Neutral Grain Spirits”. There’s not a ton going on with the nose of the Rouge Vodka, with only slight lemon and ethyl alcohol notes to be picked up.  The entry of Rouge is slightly sweet and floral but, as with the nose, the flavors are slightly muted. The impact of the rose filtering is nominal and shows up the most as the spirit turns in the mid-palate with an ever so slightly floral and vegetal note backed with some sugary notes.  Unfortunately, the finish is way too hot and it blows out everything with a hot and sharp close.

Rouge Vodka – sounds really good on paper and the pink bottle is eye catching but there just isn’t enough here to really get excited about.  The rose notes are so subtle that they disappear when this spirit is mixed with almost anything, and we just can’t get beyond the midline quality of distillation. Rouge would have done a lot better with a floral infusion than filtering; it’s a long way for them to have gone without anything to really show for it.  At $24, with less than stellar distillation and flavors, we simply can’t recommend it. 2.5 star rating Not Recommended.

  • very beautiful bottle…thanks for this share

    • it’s just too bad what’s inside doesn’t match

  • Michael Sanchez

    Tried the vodka, was very disgusting, the bottle is very nice, but the vodka itself was gross. Maybe keep the bottle and fill grey goose in it

  • DroneFree2015

    I bought a bottle today was quite interested to see reviews on it. It goes good with red wine poured a shot into some Bodega El Portillo Medoza Argentina Wine – Wow awesome. While I did not smell a rose taste it is good though. I was attracted to the bottle if some rose water was mixed with this stuff this stuff would sale for more. I actually poured a little cap of rose water in a cup of a mixed drink its hard to smell rose water or rose infusions but the thought of the vibrations of rose infused in the vodka sounds pleasing.

    I would rate this vodka a 8.5 out of 10. It is very good vodka. This product should not be labeled as bad it has been distilled 5 times and rose puts out the highest vibration especially rose essential oil do some research . While the bottle is not called rose vodka it states in the back of it it has been filtered through rose petals I had no clue till I got home and read the back of the bottle. If it has more of a rose taste I would pay $45 to $75 minimum for a bottle of this vodka. The bottle has a elegant look to it I am thinking about taking the stickers off after a few months when it empty and putting some pink roses mixed with parrafin wax oil which preserves the flowers would look really nice in a kitchen. Any hows I am drinking this stuff at this moment I have drank about every type of vodka I have seen in stores and this one is worth buying again.