April 29, 2006
All Blogpire websites have moved hosting facilities. Seems we're all growing so well that we outstripped the bandwidth and CPU limitations of our previous internet provider. But that's good news, since it means we've got tons of dedicated readers like you who keep coming back to our site. So thanks! And even though we've moved, we're still the same bat-time, same bat-URL. Oh Yeah!
April 28, 2006
We were all set to get fired up for next week's Cinco de Mayo celebrations today, but that excitement is going to have to be put on hold. We've discovered our favorite new pre-summer drinking event, and the discovery has left us giddier than a cheerleading squad, more breathless than Rush Limbaugh after three flights of stairs and a bucket of KFC.
What is this slice of fried gold with a side of whiskey of which we speak? None other than the Modern Drunkard Convention 2006, which is going down from June 23-25 in Vegas baby, Vegas, thanks to the herculean efforts of Drunkard editor Frank Rich.
You get a hell of a lot for your money when you pay the $49 entry fee...our hands are shaking too much to type more about it, so we'll let the Modern Drunkard site do the heavy lifting:
The 3rd Annual Modern Drunkard Convention
When: Friday June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th.
Where: The Celebrity Ballroom, Las Vegas, NV.
What to Expect: Three solid days of heavy drinking and full-bore entertainment Emceed by Titsa Galore, including:
The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs
More to be announced shortly.
Oracle Dance Troupe
More to be announced.
Check out the site for more info
- Liquor Olympics
- Clash of the Tightest Drinking Contest
- Soused seminars
- Panel Discussion
- Booze tastings
- Heavy drinking
- And much more
, and if you buy your pass in advance
at the Modern Drunkard site, and you'll also get a t-shirt and poster to commemorate the event when you arrive. We're going to do our best to get out there, and we're guessing we'd have to break both legs to miss it.
April 27, 2006
Nouvelle Orleans Absinthe
Imported Swiss Absinthe
136 Proof (68% ABV)
Typical Price: 55 UK Pounds (About $96) at AbsintheOnline
Just a couple weeks after our review of Verte Suisse 65, it's time for Project Absinthe Review: Phase 2 to kick in, and we're happy to say we no longer get the shakes when we think about that night. We had an amazing time drinking the Nouvelle Orleans, which is more than we can say for the unfortunate owner of the unfortunate house where we did our testing.
Sorry Liz - there will be a special area set up in heaven for you, after what you put up with.
Note: Once again, we used the Fee Verte Absinthe Evaluation System, for this tasting.
Color Before Water: Still Not Easy Being Green
The Nouvelle Orleans was very clear and extraordinarily bright, a lighter green but with less of the fine sediment we saw in our bottle of Verte Suisse.
Louche Action: We Love Louche-y
The Nouvelle Orleans presented an absolutely beautiful louche, very slow and mesmerizing as we watched the water and the absinthe duke it out and release the essential oils. The two didn't separate, but just roiled around in the glass in a way that was noted by one reviewer as "real purty."
(If you're curious about the louche, learn more at Fee Verte FAQ).
Color After Water: Great Blue Balls of Fire!
During the louche, we added two to three parts water to one part absinthe, and we did not add any sugar or light anything on fire, as some people think you're supposed to do. Nope, just good old ice water, and we were very surprised to see the color turn from bright green to a milky bluish-green. It was a nice little surprise.
Aroma: Licorice 'n Herbs
Once again, we smelled the enticing herbs-and-licorice aroma that reminded us of Jagermeister, but a Jager much higher on the food chain. the smell was complex and light, with different reviewers reporting a floral tinge, a whiff of anise, sweetness, woodiness. Everyone reported a strong smell of licorice, and everyone noted it smelled more alcoholic than did the Verte Suisse at first sniff.
Mouth-Feel: Tingly Goodness
One reviewer summed up the mouth-feel with a single word - tingly. The others reported it had a full feel, a smooth roundness, an astringent quality and a stunning complexity.
Taste: Show Me the Money!
And that's what this stuff was - money. We loved the taste, which was complex and herbal with slightly less of a licorice taste than the other absinthe we tried. It offered a very smooth drink with only a slight bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue, and overall it was less sweet.
Overall Impression: Pretty Damned Good
By the time we were done with our multiple reviewing glasses, no one on our staff seemed inclined to fill out their reviewing sheets. We did find one sheet with a smudged scrawl that said "Pretty Damned Good," and we think that sums it up.
Once again, we recommend the highly that you give absinthe a try if you're curious about it, and we know 100 bucks is a lot to spend. But hey, what the Hell? You'll be paying that much for a gallon of gas soon, so why not enjoy yourself with the money instead?
Learn more about Nouvelle Orleans at BestAbsinthe.com, and chip in to buy a bottle at Absinthe Online.
April 26, 2006
Getting tired of drinking your booze out of regular old cans and bottles? Not that we're implying you drink your liquor directly out of the bottle - though we do recommend it on occasion. We've found some interesting new packaging ideas for everything from wine to liquor to beer, to keep you from getting bored with your drinking this summer. What're we saying? Who could possibly get bored with drinking?
French Rabbit Wine - See their Website
Wine that comes in a juice box? Sign us up!
French Rabbit Wine comes in a Tetra Pak prism, or ePod, which is touted as the first time in North America that a premium French wine has been presented in this type of packaging. The company states the package, which looks like a juice carton more than a wine vessel, is a more environmentally friendly way of storing wine.
ShotPak - See their Website
From juice box to Capri Sun - wonder where you put in the straw?
Another unusually-presented alcoholic drink has been introduced onto the US market by ShotPak. The eponymous product features a single shot of flavored liqueur contained in a plastic pouch. The company states the ShotPak was developed to target people who are engaged in an active lifestyle and are on the go. It is especially targeting frequent fliers, claiming the product is lighter than a 50 ml airplane bottle and more convenient to carry.
Read on at Drinks Business Review
, plus find out what Carlsberg and Coors are doing to change your beer drinking experience.
April 25, 2006
Looking to get drunk, but afraid of all the creepy chemicals that might make it into your Mai Tai? Maybe you should think about getting yourself some organic booze or beer - sometimes it's a little more expensive, but you can drink all you want without your typical fear of imbibing a pesticide cocktail.
Read on to find out about all kinds of organic liquors, including Rum, Vodka, Gin and Beer.
Papagayo organic rums (plain and spiced), the world's first, come from a remote region in Paraguay. A project started in 1993 helped the local farmers, now some 800+, cultivate organic sugar cane. Because their crops are now ITFA certified the farmers benefit from higher prices, are educated in all aspects of farming, and the land benefits from being planted organically. These single estate rums hold their own in the taste department.
Cool Hunting - Cheers to Earth Day
, via The Sporting Life
April 21, 2006
There's nothing that says Friday like "Let's do shots," but the slightest misstep in the ancient ritual could turn you from bar room hero to loveable loser in two seconds flat. Who gets to make the toast? When do you drink? Should you clink your glasses? It can all be overwhelming, but luckily Modern Drunkard Magazine has put together a step-by-step guide to keep you from falling flat on your face the next time you buy (or participate in) a round.
“ Let’s do a shot. ”
Are there four words in the drunkard’s vocabulary more heartening than those? Four simple words, yet so packed with drama and purpose. It can be an invitation to bond with friends and strangers alike. An instant shared experience. A way of marking an occasion, of saying hello, good luck, congratulations, better luck next time, and so long. An opportunity to become blood brothers, if only as long as the same booze courses through your veins. If sharing a beer with a friend can be called the equivalent of a friendly walk in the park, then doing a shot is akin to storming a fortified bunker together-—it’s more dangerous, yes, but also more exciting.
Too often, however, this venerable ritual is executed as a mechanical event, like the lighting of a cigarette, or worse, as a bit of unpleasantness one must occasionally suffer when amongst friends. Others think it requires a special occasion, and those are the same people who only call their mothers on Mother’s Day.
The fact of the matter is, doing a shot requires no occasion at all, because, properly executed, it is an occasion.
via Modern Drunkard Magazine - The Art of the Shot
Read on to learn the five steps of a successfully executed shooter. Plus, check out their list of shot faux-pas, including the Bungee Dump, the Chicken Shot, and Premature Imbibation - avoid them like the plague to make sure no one's laughing at you on the other side of their glass.
Peach Flavored Whiskey Liqueur
70 or 100 Proof (35%/50% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $15 per bottle - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
A few weeks back, we posted a little story about our Editor in Chief, and the not-so-fond memories he has of a run-in with Southern Comfort back in college. He remembered liking the taste, but that was the problem, and he's had trouble even seeing the bottle since then. With some coaxing and gentle ribbing (read: challenges to his manhood) we convinced him to try SoCo again. No shots this time, but he did try it both straight and mixed in drinks. So what was the verdict?
Southern Comfort had a light amber, brownish color, that almost seems reddish when we held it up to the light. Very similar to your typcial whiskey, and the untrained eye might not be able to tell the difference.
Sweet and fragrant, with hints of peaches and citrus. It didn't smell overly sweet, which was a selling point for those who are concerned about how cloying the typical liqueur is. One intern said he whiffed a hint of children's chewable aspirin when he sniffed the glass, but we're pretty sure he'd already been hitting the bottle.
The taste of whiskey was definitely apparent, but there was a sweetness there too, which is brought by the mix of peach liqueur and fresh peaches that are added to the liqueur. It wasn't syrupy, as some had feared, and it had a tangy tartness to it. We liked it on the rocks, but it was just sweet enough that we weren't a huge fan straight. We couldn't wait to try it in a mixed drink, because as soon as we initially mentioned it, everyone and his brother had a recipe for us to try.
This is where we get to the good stuff. We had onerecipe we were dying to try - the SoCo Lime. It's basically a shot of SoCo and a splash of Rose's lime juice, shaken over ice and strained into a shot glass. What'd we think? It was damned good - as good as we'd been lead to believe.
The next thing we tried was a recommendation from our contact over at SoCo - she said she likes it with club soda and a twist of lime. We liked that just fine, but we also one-upped her a bit. We mixed up a SoCo Lime shot, poured it into a rocks glass ice and all, and added club soda. We're pretty sure we've found our favorite new mixed drink.
We also mixed up the same drink with with a shot of Soco, a heavy splash of blood orange bitters, and club soda...and found our second favorite drink. As we mixed them up and tried them, we could only agree...the Editor in Chief is an idiot for giving up on a booze this good just because of some moderate to heavy vomiting.
As much as we usually drink our liquor straight, this is a booze made for mixing. We mixed it with just about everything in the house, and every drink we made tasted great. Our big surprise - mix SoCo with orange juice for a citrusy pick-me-up that puts the screwdriver to shame.
We love our whiskey here, but we also like to hit the mixed drinks on occasion. Southern Comfort is the best of all worlds, because it's a whiskey (liqueur) we don't feel remotely guilty about throwing in a mixed drink. The sweetness is moderate, the flavor is delicate, and the desire to mix a second drink is high. Not for your typcial booze snob, but it's a good fun party drink, and we can't recommend it enough if you're looking for that rare liquor everyone can find a mixer for.
Oh...and what was the Editor in Chief's response? He was sheepish at first, but after he took his first swig, he was in love again for the first time. Plus, now that he's got a few years and (slightly) better judgment in him, he'll be able to drink the stuff at least quasi-responsibly, and avoid vomiting up a lung. In his own slurred words, the Comfort has been his blind spot for too long...and he's finally re-opened his eyes. Whatever that means.
The Site: Check them out at SouthernComfort.com.
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April 19, 2006
It's a good time to be a gamer. E3 (The Electronic Entertainment Expo, for all y'all who forgot your geek-to-English dictionaries) is coming up in May. This could mean only one thing - booth babes. Oh, yeah - and some interesting video game news too. For those of you who can't wait for the festivities to start, Game Daily has come up with an interesting Pre-E3 drinking game to get you through while you're waiting to lock your looking balls on some PS3 demos, the Nintendo Revolution, and maybe even some second generation Xbox 360 titles.
The drinking games center around the holy trifecta of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony - check out our favorite highlights from the Nintendo drinking game below:
Reggie pulls a portable system from his breast pocket (we're betting on it being a DS Lite).
Reggie discusses how Nintendo's learned from its mistakes.
The audience thunderously applauds (this will happen quite a bit).
New Super Mario Bros. is shown.
Someone discusses market disruption.
Someone doesn't mention Microsoft or Sony by name.
Nintendo says anything about the Game Boy Micro.
The classic gaming download service is shown/discussed.
Myamoto hits the stage (take two more sips if he comes out with props and/or is dressed like a videogame character).
We don't know who Reggie or Myamoto are, but that Nintendo drinking game
sounds like a hoot. If you feel like getting really liquored up in time for E3, charge up your console and check out the Microsoft
versions as well.
April 18, 2006
We've been excited about Michael Collins Irish Whiskey for months now for a few reasons. For one, it was the brain child of of one of our idols (RIP, Mr. Frank). For two, we love Irish Whiskey - in fact, even though our Editor In Chief is Scottish, he likes the Irish better than the Scotch. Please don't tell anyone from the Highlands or he might have to return his kilt.
We haven't gotten our hands on a bottle yet, but our good friend Kevin over at The Scotch Blog has, and he posted a review of both the blended and single malt versions over at his site. Here's his roundup on the background of this interesting whiskey:
Developed by Sidney Frank with the partnership and whiskey production expertise of the Cooley Distillery, Michael Collins has been released in two versions, a Blend and a Single Malt. Michael Collins was developed for the U.S. market, but will be available at select upscale retailers as well as Duty Free in Ireland.
The whiskey is named in honor of "The Big Fellow" who spearheaded the fight for Irish independence and who was assassinated in 1922 at the age of 31. Both are bottled at 40% and aged in small oak casks to accelerate the maturation process.
Kevin's notes on both the blend and the single are quite interesting, so head on over and read the review
to see what he has to say.
April 14, 2006
We've been thinking about offering up guest reviews for a while now, but we haven't gotten around to it until now. We realized that the perfect opportunity to do so was going to be with the Roaring 20s cigars we got in a while back...we're not big cigar smokers, but we know people who are. Now, we know the site is called "Liquor Snob" not "Cigar Snob," but we also know there are some days when there's nothing like a good smoke to go with your drink.
So, we ended up giving our good friend Jersey Jimmo a call, and he really pulled through for us. Or, he pulled something at least. We were concerned some of the review might have to be redacted in the name of good taste, but then we realized...what the hell? It's Friday. Enjoy Jersey Jimmo's review, and we hope it won't be the last.
Myeh, schee? Mugsy’s gonna rub one out
OK, folks, when I am asked to review cigars with packaging dominated by drawings of Depression-era gangsters and their Betty Boop-looking floozies whose enormous nipples are visible through their sheer nighties, I think to myself, “Oh boy, porn meets cigars, this can’t be good.” I mean, it’s not often I’m handed a cigar box with a label that could inspire some morally bankrupt, pathetically desperate loser to wank.
After I pulled my pants up and put the KY away, I lit one. Whatever doubts I had were quickly dispelled after a few puffs; this was a serious, well-made cigar. Of course this realization didn’t stop me from striking a few gangster poses, holding an imaginary Tommy gun, and saying aloud, “Myeh, schee? Mugsy just rubbed one out, schee?” Hand rolled (with a “heart-on,” the labels claim) in the Dominican Republic, the larger “Churchhill” sized cigars come in four varieties with the major difference between them being the wrapper leaf, Indonesian (Untouchables), Ecuador (Gangsters), Sumatran (Godfathers), or Connecticut shade (Classics).
After sampling one of each, I can truthfully say all of them pull well, distinguish themselves from each other with noticeable and pleasant tastes, and stay lit. The smaller, cigarette-sized Bootlegger Sweeties come with natural as well as added flavoring, amaretto, vanilla, or rum. These also pull well and the flavoring is thankfully subtle. However, the shredded tobacco filler was a disappointment, and like many small cigars they do not stay lit for very long.
Mild yet flavorful, Speakeasies will appeal to both the gangster upstart, longing for a taste of Al Capone fame for an evening, and the kingpin connoisseur, seeking to add variety to his humidor, or to celebrate the variety of dead stool pigeons in the trunk of his Packard.
Oh, and if you get your hands on some cigars (at Al-Capone.com
, for example) and want to strike some gangster poses of your own, we recommend getting some Tommy Guns Vodka to go with them...it's one of our favorite vodkas, and it comes in a bottle shaped like a gun. We've found it's perfect for running around pretending to be a gangster. Just ask our interns
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April 12, 2006
...it's a fuel tank for a sex machine. This t-shirt, available from Deez Teez, isn't exactly our style - but it's damn funny and might pair well with that "Mustache Rides 25 Cents" mesh cap you picked up at Urban Outfitters during a weak moment. Plus, we we can't help but think it's the perfect vehicle to hide your Beerbelly stealth beverage dispenser in plain sight.
From the Deez Teez site:
This Ain't A Beer Belly It's A Fuel Tank For A Sex Machine
That's right! And the tank is full baby!
An old school favorite saying brought to you by DeezTeez.
This quality t-shirt is yellow/gold with brown print. A great looking tee. Enjoy!
This shirt usually runs for $15.99, but you can get it for less than twelve bucks during their Tax Break Special. Pick one up and browse through the other funny t-shirts (we're partial to the Team Ramrod shirt from Supertroopers) at Deez Teez
April 11, 2006
Remember how much we said we liked Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey last year? Turns out we're not as crazy as everyone says we are (at least on this topic, anyway) because it just won North American Whiskey of the Year at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. – In what can only be termed an upset of Final Four proportions, Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond Rye Whisky was named “North American Whiskey of the Year” at the recently-completed 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The annual competition is among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the global distilled spirits industry, judged by a panel of industry luminaries.
In capturing the trophy for top North American Whiskey, Rittenhouse first had to be judged a double gold medal winner in its Rye Whiskey class, meaning it was unanimously awarded gold medal by all judges in a blind tasting. It then had to top all other double gold medal winners in the North American Whiskey category, including Bourbons, Canadian Whiskies, and a number of artisinal spirits made by smaller “boutique” micro-distilleries. And the Rittenhouse Bottled-In-Bond, a traditional rye made in a time-honored method, left these much more heavily advertised and merchandised whiskeys in the dust on its way to the title.
Read the full release at the Heaven Hill site
. If you can get your hands on this stuff, do so before it all goes to their heads and the price goes up or something. We liked Rittenhouse a whole lot, and we were extremely disappointed when the bottle ran out, which was even quicker than normal.
April 10, 2006
The first time someone mentioned Cachaca to us, we wanted to say "Gesundheit." It turns out they weren't sneezing, however - they were telling us about a rum-like Brazilian spirit that's starting to appear in bars and liquor stores all over the country. Who knew?
Cachaca (kah-SHAH-sah) is a colorless liquor made from sugar cane juice. Regulators in the United States would call it a rum, which is defined here as any spirit distilled to less than 95 percent alcohol made from molasses, sugar cane juice or sugar cane syrup.
In fact, the drink we consider rum is made from molasses and has a higher proof than cachaca, says Ed Hamilton, an importer, author and proprietor of the Ministry of Rum Web site (www.ministryofrum.com).
Cachaca traditionally "has been considered a cheap peasants' drink," Hamilton said by phone last week, several days after the International Cane Spirits Festival Tasting Competition in Tampa. "A lot of it isn't wonderful."
courier-journal.com: Can You Say Cachaca?
Sounds like South American moonshine to us, and after a ringing endorsement like that, of course we ran out and got ourselves a bottle - the review will be posted soon. If you end up with a bottle of the stuff, you should know it's not traditionally drunk straight - it's usually used to make the caipirinha (kye-pee-REEN-yah), where it's mixed with a pantload of sugar and fresh lime juice to make a drink somewhat similar to a Mojito without mint. You can check out a typical recipe at Maria Brazil, and if you don't have any cachaca on hand, go ahead and make one with rum or vodka.
April 9, 2006
There usually isn't a whole lot of confusion involved in drinking games. Generally, the whole point is to get quite a bit of beer into you in a relatively short amount of time. Some of the games we enjoy include Flip Cup, Beer Pong, TEGWAR, and the enduring classic, You Chug. (It's as simple as it sounds - someone tells you to chug your beer and you do it, then you can tell someone else to chug theirs. Genius. We won't even get into the ever-controversial "Jesus Saves" optional rule).
As simple and direct as many games are, we've never stumbled across one that gets the concept across as simply as Let's Get Sh*t-Faced. Takes all the guess work out of what you're supposed to do, doesn't it? See below for the product description:
Players select one of the drinking assignment die colors to represent each player or each team of 2+ players. Then players take turns rolling the dice. The brown die tells you who drinks, and the other dice determine how much. Perhaps the highest or lowest numbers drink, the last person to perform a gesture drinks, or the losers of a silly contest drink. Contest ideas are included on the back, such as: hairiest ass, loudest belch, dirtiest joke, or best armpit fart. This is a game for 2 to 100 players!
Sounds like a winner to us! Yeah, we know it's Sunday, and you're probably feeling like 6 miles of bad road because you're coming off a bender, but just think - if you order it now, you'll probably have it in time for next
weekend, when you're ready to start all over again! Learn more and buy a set for $9 at DrinkingStuff.com
April 7, 2006
Ever muscled your way to the bar during the busiest time of a Friday night, squeezing your way through the throngs until you reach that wooden slab of promised land, only to find that the jackass in line ahead of you ordered 14 Long Island Iced Teas, a Flirtini and a Fuzzy Navel? All you want is a beer, but you have to wait while the bartender peels, shakes and crushes his way through the drink.
Did that piss you off a bit? Turns out you're probably not alone - the bartender was just smiling through gritted teeth to get the tip. Find out the right way - and the right time - to order drinks like Lemon Drops, Manhattans and Martinis, plus find out how to avoid being smacked upside the head with a muddler, by reading the article below.
Being in the hospitality industry, bartenders don't like to grumble. But there are certain drinks they hate to make.
The primary reason a particular cocktail earns bartenders' ire is the time it takes to make. On a busy night, with patrons three-deep, most bar professionals don't want to spend five minutes muddling mint leaves.
Other dreaded orders are popular drinks that have no accepted, consistent recipe; the martini is a classic example. These invite the customer to say the drink was made incorrectly, no matter how it was mixed.
San Francisco Chronicle: Five drinks that bartenders just hate to make
One of our friends, who will remain nameless, is getting married at the end of this year, and at the end of this month he and a bunch of friends are going to Vegas for a bachelor party. (Note: That is NOT him at the right...just some random dude we found on the Infernets.) We can't go, but we're sending along a care package with a few things we picked up from around the office.
Below is the list of what we're putting in so far - anyone have any other suggestions for bachelor party must-haves?
- A "Nice Rack" T-shirt, courtesy of our friends at Get Bombed
- An Alcohawk ABI breathalyzer so he'll always know how drunk he is, down to the second decimal point.
- An address book/stripper diary, so his friends can blackmail him later
- A copy of Trick or Treat, a movie we haven't seen, but it features both Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne, so it's got to be a perfect hangover movie. (Buy it Now)
- Our personal copy of Winning Casino Blackjack For The Non-Counter...because he's in Vegas. Duh. (Buy it Now)
- A brand-spanking new copy of the Modern Drunkard book
- A shot glass you can wear around your neck on a cord, complete with tiny little dice in the bottom, courtesy of Roaring 20s
- And the coup de gracie, the ultimate bachelor party accessory, we're sending along 25 Shotgun 2.0 shotgun keys
Also, since we know it's completely illegal to send alcohol via mail, we're definitely NOT sending along 3 mini bottles of Player's Extreme vodka. Nope, definitely not doing that. Like we said above, anyone have any other good ideas?
April is going to be a great month but we musn't forget how amazing March 2006 was as well. Check out the monthly round ups from the following Blogpire blogs: Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2006, Critical Gamers March '06 Roundup, GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006, Shirt Snob Monthly Round Up-March, March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob, March Monthly Roundup for Shaving Stuff, Monthly Roundup for Kitchen Contraptions, and March 2006 Monthly Roundup for Single Serve Coffee.
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April 6, 2006
So we got a package last week, a cardboard box the size of the liquor bottles we consistently see strewn across our doorstep. It didn't really phase us much, until we peeled away the cardboard to find a silver cylinder that for some reason reminded us of Spock's coffin from Wrath of Khan. This had us pretty intrigued - what kind of high-end booze could deserve such royal treatment? Some 50 year old scotch? Vodka made out of Elvis's tears? We were all atwitter as we flipped the latches, and to our bewilderment we found - a single bottle of Heineken Light?
Don't get us wrong, we love Heineken. But when we're thinking about reviewing something, we usually need more than a few sips to make our decision. Hell, with Screech Rum we had to finish the whole bottle. But, we gave it a college try, and we discovered that - wait for it - it tasted like Heineken Light.
We love the crisp, hoppy taste of Heineken, and you can stuff your whole "beer in green bottles tastes skunked" argument. We think they did a pretty good job Light-ifying it, and while one of our reviewers said it tasted like someone just rinsed out a Heineken bottle with cold water, the rest of us thought it did a pretty good imitation of one of our favorite beers. That's not to say you wouldn't be able to recognize the difference between regular and light in a blind taste test, but as long as you're expecting a light beer, this has its moments. We know it sounds like we're damning the stuff with faint praise, so we'll come out and say that it's definitely the kind of beer that would hit the spot on a sweltering summer night, and if you're a "green beer" fan who wants to shave off some calories (or carbs, or whatever's hip today), it'll be worth a try.
If you're looking for validation, Rick over at Martini Lounge had a similar opinion to ours, but he went as far as summing up the second half of the bottle he drank as offering "the anti-taste." Anyway, we're pretty sure we'll drink this stuff again, espeically since we're trying to get down to our bikini weight, and if you want to learn more head on over to the Heineken Light site.
April 5, 2006
Let's say you had $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket. What would you do with it? If you were Australian, you would probably bet your friends that you could start a website that would generate a billion page views, and you'd probably make that $1,000 be payable in beer. Or at least, that's what one enterprising Aussie did.
See what he has to say:
I've setup this page to show my slacker mates that I will beat them. The money I earn from the ads I'll use to get boozed up and laugh it up at my lazy mates who thought this couldn't be done. That'll show them for telling me I was off my head trying this stunt. As some old man once said "It just needs some elbow grease" ... or something.
If you want a piece of the action I have provided a host of interesting things for you to do while you are here.
So what does that mean to you? It means it's your moral imperative to click on over to OneBillionViews.com
and check it out. For one thing, you'll find all sorts of cool stuff, including a link to our good buddies over at Bottle Blaster
among other cool sites. For two things, every page view counts, and you'll be giving the greatest gift a human can give - the gift of beer.
April 4, 2006
Jade Liqueurs Verte Suisse 65
Imported Swiss Absinthe
130 Proof (65% ABV)
Typical Price: 55 UK Pounds (About $96) at AbsintheOnline
Here we go - after weeks of intense therapy and detox, we've finally put enough space between ourselves and our absinthe tasting to actually go ahead and review the stuff. It should be said that we loved the taste of both absinthes we tried, which was what partially led to our downfall. After we each had multiple glasses, we all reverted to our lizard brains, and suddenly we were treating the stuff like it was Bacardi Breezers instead of a high-alcohol controlled substance.
You'll notice we used a slightly different format for the review below - in order to make everything official, we used the Fee Verte Absinthe Evaluation System, which included multiple categories and guidelines for tasting. You'll also find that we didn't use the number system associated with it, after our diatribe last week about the booze review numbers game. And so, enough with the pre-game - let's get on with the show.
Color Before Water:It's Not Easy Being Green
The guidelines say the absinthe should be clear, bright and natural looking, and we found the Verte Suisse to be all three. There was a very slight, extra-fine sediment when we held it to the light, which gave it the slightest haze. One reviewer said the color reminded him of cholorophyll, and that was even before he started drinking.
Louche Action: Lord and Lady Louche Bag
Since we reviewed the Verte Suisse first, it was the first louche we've ever seen (and if you need a definition like we did, we found it in the Fee Verte FAQ). It was beautiful, watching the natural oils separate from the alcohol and swirl their way into bloom. The beauty of the louche was one factor that inspired us to pour far too many glasses.
Color After Water:The Forecast is Cloudy and Drunk
During the louche, we added two to three parts water to one part absinthe. This changed and color immensely, from a bright, clear green to a translucent, almost milky color with a green tinge. According to our reading, the desired effect is complexity and nuance, and our reviewers agreed that if a liquid could look complex, this did.
Aroma: Good...and Plenty?
We checked the nose before and after the addition of water, and we were surprised at the change after the addition of such a neutral liquid. Before water, it smelled like anise and licorice, almost like Sambuca mixed with Good N Plenty, but in an amazingly appetizing way. The smell was herbal, almost like a long-lost royal cousin of our good friend Jagermeister. After the addition of water the aroma mellowed quite a bit and seemed to sweeten, and the general feeling was that the smell was complex and pleasant.
Mouth-Feel: THAT'S What We're Talking About
After the anticipation of the louching and the sniffing, we were finally ready to taste it. We took our first sips and swirled them around in our mouths, and were pleasantly surprised with a complex and tingly feeling, not the burn we expected from a drink that contains so much alcohol. The verdict was that it was thick and rich, and oily in a good way, and one reviewer noted that it was "like God's cough syrup," whatever that means.
We've long heard that Old Papa Hemingway was a fan of absinthe, and after our first sip we understood why. It was exciting, like only a 130 proof illicit liqueur can be. It reminded us of smoky cafe's on the French Riviera, and beautiful girls dancing the Can Can on our tongues...but not in a dirty way. The taste was mellow and smooth, with a licorice complexity and just enough sweetness - and as odd as may sound, it was refreshing and invigorating as well.
Overall Impression: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!
According to our score sheet, the drink should be refreshing, subtle, complex and harmonious. We found it to be all that and more. In the words of one of our reviewers, "My tongue is numb, but it's a damn good numb," and we think that about sums it up.
If you want to try absinthe, we recommend the Verte Suisse 65 highly, and while 100 bones might seem like a lot to shell out for a bottle of liquor, we can say from experience that you don't need very much to feel its effects, and if you can get a few of your friends to go in on it with you, we think you'll have a damn good time...as long as you're more careful than we were.
Learn more about Verte Suisse 65 at BestAbsinthe.com, and chip in to buy a bottle at Absinthe Online.
April 3, 2006
April 1, 2006
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