October 31, 2006

Garlic Vodka - Just In Time For Halloween

Garlic VodkaLooking to get drunk and keep vampires away at the same time? So are we! Luckily, we've stumbled across YAT garlic-flavored vodka over at Bottle Watch. YAT also comes in horseradish flavor, and while we don't know what kinds of ghouls horseradish keeps at bay, it sounds like it'd be interesting in a bloody mary.

The company recommends YAT with Horseradish with meat dishes, "for instance jellied tongue or herring seasoned with spring onions". They recommend the YAT with Garlic as something to keep you warm during those cold Russian winters.
YAT Vodka (via Bottle Watch)

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October 31, 2006

More Scary Halloween Cocktails

Bloody-Brain_web.jpgWe're having a grand old time finding Halloween cocktail recipes for you to add a little spice to you Halloween festivities, and we've found a whole new batch of greats including the Bloody Brain (pictured), the Zombie and the Undercurrent. We've included the recipe for the Bloody Brain, a drink that we love the look of but sounds a bit sweet for us, and you can head on over to TheState.com's Eat, Drink, and Be Scary for a bunch more recipes, as well as some...interesting Halloween drink garnish ideas.

Bloody brain

Ingredients:
3/4 ounce peach schnapps
Float of Bailey's Irish Cream
1 dash grenadine
Glassware: highball glass

Directions:
Pour peach schnapps into a highball glass. Add Irish Cream to the center. Top with grenadine and serve.

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October 30, 2006

Growl for Bulldog Gin

Bulldog GinWe just got word that there's going to be a new gin prowling the streets soon, and it goes by the name of Bulldog. According to the press release it's a London Dry with some crazy botanicals in there including Poppy and Dragon Eye (not sure what they are either). Between the exotic ingredients and the cool-looking bottle, we're definitely down to give it a try - hell, we'd try it even if they told us every bottle contained real bulldog fur.

Right now, we don't have much more to go on than a bottle shot (pictured), a website that won't be up for another two weeks (check back November 15) and a statement that it's available at Astor Wines in NYC.

Check out the press release after the jump for more information.

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October 30, 2006

Halloween Drink Recipe: Voodoo Priestess Cocktail

Voodo Priestess Cocktail

Don't be afraid, the Voodoo Priestess is only a drink. Of course, it's a drink that contains two shots of spiced rum and a little bit of brandy for good measure, so maybe you should worry. Seems like a perfect Halloween drink, but beware - one too many and you'll turn into a zombie (sorry, we couldn't resist).

Find the recipe after the jump.

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October 27, 2006

Smell Just Like the Ladies Man

Ladies ManA while ago we told you about Scotch scented perfume, and we guess the concept did well - or the scent industry has been spending too much time sniffing its own products. The newest product that will allow you to smell like a booze hound without actually getting drunk is a Courvoisier-based cologne, which just happens to be the drink of choice of the Ladies Man. That's probably EXACTLY the image you're going for. Plus, it luckily is available in both eau de toilette and eau de parfum forms, so you've got that going for you.

We found this snippet thanks to Days That End In "Y" and we can't help agreeing with Mike's assessment that you might as well just take a dip in the real thing - especially since this stuff costs $100 for 75ml. Hell, Courvoisier VS only costs $26 for 10x that much (Internet Wines & Spirits).

Beauty On-Line (via Days That End In "Y" - Smell Like a Lush)

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October 25, 2006

Riedel H2O Whiskey Glasses

Riedel h20 whiskey glassIf you know anything about us, you know we're all about making our drinks doubles. Might as well...you're pouring it anyway. What, does it strain your wrist to dump out an eight count instead of a four count? Poor baby. These Riedel H20 double old fashoned whiskey glasses are just what the doctor ordered, made of lead-free glass with lots of space for lots of booze, plus you even have plenty of room for ice, if you're one of those people who likes to minimize their grimacing by chilling their drink.

Amazon: Riedel H2O Whiskey/Double-Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 2

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October 24, 2006

Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

Blogpire 144 Our special guest Jake Jamieson from Liquorsnob.com teaches us about Tequila, and we taste test P.I.N.K. caffeinated Vodka. And of course, we have the latest news and views from around the 'pire. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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Halloween Cocktails That Taste Like Candy

Halloween CandyWe usually don't have too much of a sweet tooth when it comes to our cocktails, preferring to keep our sugar bowl and our liquor bottle separate. The folks over at That's the Spirit have taken it upon themselves, however, to come up with Halloween drink recipes (or more like shot recipes) that taste like well known brands of candy. Mix up a few batches of these, from the Tootsie Roll to the Sweet Tart to the M&M, and you'll be bouncing off the walls (or at least stumbling to them) in no time. Sounds like the Sweet Tart might benefit from a little Cocktail Kick too, if you're looking for some real pucker.

Check out That's the Spirit for more recipes and some Halloween entertaining tips as well.

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October 23, 2006

P.I.N.K. Vodka Arrives for Review

P.I.N.K. VodkaWe've been looking forward to getting our bottle of P.I.N.K. vodka ever since we first discovered it back in May, and it's finally arrived on our doorstep. Our first impression was that with a name like P.I.N.K. they must be targeting flamboyant robots, but we were excited about the fact that it was already caffeinated so you could mix it with anything you want instead of being tied to Red Bull to get your buzz. Now, we're especially excited to compare it to Zygo, the caffeinated vodka we tried a couple months back.

We took a moment to try it out on the air at the Blogpire podcast this weekend, so make sure you listen to that when it's released to hear our initial thoughts, along with a whole bunch of other good booze-related stuff. You can also expect a full review of P.I.N.K. as soon as we can get our heart rates down enough to think clearly.

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October 20, 2006

Vodkafest with Gin on Monday Night

Vodka CocktailSorry for the late notice, but if you're going to be in the New York area on Monday we highly recommend checking out the Polished Palate's Vodkafest with Gin. It's Monday October 23 at Manhattan's Valbella, and will feature a bunch of smaller vodka and gin distillers and distributors, as well as the typical 800 pound gorillas of the industry.

Our good friend Dave Schmier from Orange V vodka (see our Orange V review) will be pouring, and while they're apparently only allowed to pour 1/4 ounce shots for tasting, there are a lot of vendors there (wink wink). See below for the libations available, directly from the Polished Palate site:

We're shakin' and stirrin' at our VodkaFest-featuring Gin. Taste Vodkas from Sweden, Poland, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Switzerland, the USA & France. Vodkas made from corn, rye, wheat (one made from only 5 varieties of wheat)...some from fruit orchards like wild berries, ruby red grapefruit, banana, clementine, mango...some from your garden (cilantro, dill, rosemary & fennel) and more.

We keep meaning to make it down to NYC for these events and the PP's Rumfest but we haven't been able to get there yet. Please make up for our lameness - tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and doors are at 6:30 - or if you want an extra hour of face time, do the VIP ticket for $60 and start the drinking at 5:30. For more Vodkafest information, head on over to the Polished Palate site.

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Editor in Chief Gets Upper Crust-y

Upper Crust

We generally try to avoid posting self-important wankery about our daily lives here on the Snob, because we're well aware you could care less. You just want to show up, get your news and do a surgical strike on your liver. In keeping with the Drinking Songs theme we began last week, however (The Hold Steady) we wanted to tell you about the show we went to last night - our favorite band that wears powdered wigs, The Upper Crust.

Imagine, if you will, a group of 18th century noblemen, sporting buckled shoes, velvet pants and beauty marks, playing AC/DC-style rock and roll about how awesome their butler is. They are a must-listen if you like power rock of any kind, especially if you like songs about rickshaw boys, rock and roll maids, finger bowls and leeching.

They put on a good show, with discussions of animal husbandry and plumbing the depths of the bass player Count Bassie, but our favorite moment of the night occurred offstage. It appears our Editor in Chief, the crusher of interns, saw lead singer Lord Bendover in his civvies before the show and became starstruck as an 11 year old girl at a Britney Spears concert. Lord Bendover complimented our EiC on his Malt Whisky shirt, and instead of asking for an autograph or saying something pithy, our fearless leader was heard to mutter something about a reciprocal t-shirt appreciation and then proceeded to black out for a few minutes. [Sadly, this couldn't be more true - Ed.]

For those of you needing a more direct booze connection for this post, here are a couple:

  • The Crust played the Modern Drunkard Convention this year - if they're good enough for Frank Rich they're good enough for us.
  • Lord Bendover drinks tequila like the agave plants are burning.
  • The Liquor Snob staff reacquainted itself with PBR at the show.
We've included a list of the Crust's albums below - we recommend the Cream of the Crust, a greatest hits album, to get you started.

Upper Crust Discography
Cream of the Crust - 2006
Entitled - 2000
The Decline and Fall of the Upper Crust - 1997
Let Them Eat Rock - 1995

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October 19, 2006

Jay-Z Likes the Gold Bottle With the Ace of Spades

Jay-Z With ChampagneIt's no secret that Jay-Z has is boycotting Cristal champagne due to some unflattering comments the managing director of Cristal's parent company about the relationship between hip hop and his champagne. What you might not know is that Jay-Z isn't just sitting around with an empty glass - he's moved on to greener pastures.

Enter Armand de Brignac, a champagne in a chi-chi gold bottle with a big old ace of spades on the bottle. Is he making a little dig at Cristal and the comments he found to be racist with the spade thing? Maybe not, but it's damned shrewd if he is. Plus, from what we've read the champagne is out of sight - probably something we'll never experience unless we become rap moguls. We'll let you know how that works out.

Armand de Brignac; via Awake in Naptown - Jay-Z Shows Off New Champagne in New Video. Thanks for the tip MJ. Also, you can check out the video for Show Me What You Got, Jay-Z's video where he debuts the new bottle, at Youtube, at least until it's taken down for copyright infringement.

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October 18, 2006

Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico

Fina Estampa ReposadoWe've been more or less immersed in tequila all week (see our reviews of Fina Estampa's blanco and reposado for proof of that) and it got us to thinking. We know quite a bit about this glorious beverage from Mexico, and we're getting the tasting notes down pretty well, but we're thirsty for more. We want more tasting notes and reviews, more history, more information in general, about agave's greatest end product.

So, we turned where we always turn when we want more information - Amazon. And lo and behold, we found Tequila: The Spirit of Mexico (Amazon), a book that seems to be the answer to our fevered prayers. The book includes ratings of over 100 tequila brands, tequila drink and food recipes, and complementary information on Mezcal, which we will never again call the "bastard cousin" of tequila.

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Fina Estampa Reposado Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Reposado
100% Agave Golden Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $35-$40
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa ReposadoIt's really tough not to make "stamp of approval" jokes about Fina Estampa - after all, our brush with their blanco was a joyful experience. But, as we look down the barrel of their reposado we're torn between concerns of a sophomore slump and worries that the guys at Fina Estampa have made tequila good enough to finally push us over the edge to full-blown alcoholics. Either way, we were approaching the Reposado with a little bit of nervousness, but that wasn't the only reason our hands were shaking as we poured our glass...it was also excitement.

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Got 7 Thirsty Friends? Time for an Octabong

Octabong in OctauseWhen we first saw the Octabong, we passed on it as a silly gimmicky beer funnel. Who in their right mind would buy a segmented beer bong when you can get a big old funnel for short money at the hardware store? We should have known better - 2006 seems to be the Year of the Octopus after our experience with the Octopus Tap. Once we got it, we really got it, and we understood the demonic simplicity of the idea and we were sold.

Normally if you're having a funnel race one of two things happen - you get multiple funnels or you add more hoses to one funnel. In the first example you're adding to the overall complexity of the act, which isn't a good idea with a few beer bongs in you; in the second there's no way to tell how much of the beer someone actually drank. The Octabong has eight segmented chambers inside the funnel so you can fill them up individually and everyone can race at the same time without the fear of having to drink someone else's beer. Simple and efficient, plus it'll look like everyone's nursing from the udder of a giant beer cow, which will be great for the party pictures.

Speaking of pictures, we realize the fact that the picture above shows eight women in bikinis using the Octabong. That might be a bit disingenuous since our experience shows you'll probably be more likely to use it with a crew of sweaty drunk guys, but it dovetails nicely with our rich fantasy life. Read more at Octabong.com - they even come in multiple colors so you can set up color coded teams.

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October 17, 2006

Fina Estampa Blanco Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Blanco
100% Agave Silver Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $30-$35
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa BlancoWe don't want to make you jealous, but have we ever told you how cool it is that part of our job is tasting tequila? Most people commute to work and listen to their loud mouth bosses all day, then shuffle some paper around. We commute to work, listen to our loud mouth boss, then drink tequila. We're not going to lie - we love it. Anyway, the latest Mexican import we've put on the chopping block is Fina Estampa Blanco.

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Fina Estampa Anejo Tequila Review

Fina Estampa Anejo
100% Agave Anejo Tequila
Imported from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $40-$45
Fina Estampa Website

Fina Estampa AnejoWe've come to the third bottle in this week's Tequila Trilogy, and we're still going strong on Fina Estampa. We've been high all week on their presentation, their price point and most of all their liquor, so let's trudge on and see how their Anejo stacks up. For the uninitiated, Anejo tequila has typically been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of one to three years, and all we can say is it's a good thing we weren't around or we probably would have chewed through the wood to get at the lovely cactus juice inside. Do you think that means we have a problem?

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Don't Drink or Drive T-shirt

Don't Drink or Drive T-ShirtIf you know us, you know we'd never tell you not to drink. It's not in our genetic makeup. But c'mon, this is a pretty funny shirt.

Should we explain the significance of the commentary on the Amish way of life? For all of you who missed Witness, the Amish don't drive more than a horse and buggy or drink more than milk. Plus, you have to admit they've had it pretty rough recently. Let's all buy their t-shirt and cheer them up.

Pick it up the Amish: Don't Drink or Drive t-shirt at Busted Tees for short money.

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TWI: Tweezing While Intoxicated

Get Your Tweeze OnWhen you first think about it, drinking and tweezing don't really go hand in hand. But on further reflection, you have to admit it makes sense to take a little something for courage before you jam a piece of sharp metal into your face and start ripping our ingrown hairs. Not only that, but as Russell over at Shaving Stuff recommends in his post about the Tweezerman, you can use the booze to disinfect your tweezers as well.

You'll want to use the liquor in three stages: before tweezing for courage, during tweezing for sterilization, and after tweezing to complement your barbaric yawp of conquest. We recommend something that tastes icky enough to distract you from your gruesome task before you start, like Screech Rum for example. After that, go for something that will make you feel manly, like Bourbon or Scotch, to offset your babyish weeping.

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October 16, 2006

(Mostly) Booze-Related Blogs We Read Every Day

Drinking and ReadingEver noticed how drinking booze inflates someone's self-importance and makes them feel like they're the center of the universe? That's how we feel every day, and our Editor in Chief in particular spends his time strutting around like a peacock and quoting himself out loud. We can't spend all of our time reading our own website, however, as much as we'd like to. So, we've rounded up a list of our booze-related required reading so you can check them out and remember why you love us best. Did we really say that? Scandalous!

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October 13, 2006

Sign Up for Gintime, Win Free Gin

gintime.gifDo you like gin? Do you know someone who does? If you're not sure, here are some signs that you or a loved one might be enamored of gin:

  • Breath constantly smells of pine cones
  • Wears a bandolier of tonic bottles
  • Tends to wake up in other people's vomit
If you or anyone you love is into gin, let them know they have a chance to win a free bottle of gin from Gintime. What is Gintime, you might ask? It's a site dedicated to the consumption and appreciation of gin, we might answer, and it is dedicated to such luminaries as Beefeater, Gordon's, Hendrick's and Whitley Neil.

All you have to do is sign up to receive their monthly newsletter in October and you're entered to win one of three bottles from that last brand, which we've never heard of but we're sure each bottle is chock full of ginny goodness. Oh, and you can also check out the site for news, features, and giveaways related to your poison of choice.

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Need a Happy Hour? Get Unthirsty

Happy Hours in Portlan, ORSo we got an email about this new happy hour mapping site a couple days ago, and promptly forgot about it in our stupor. When we woke up from the bender we read about this site, called Unthirsty, and found out they used the Google Maps feature to let people map out Happy Hours in their town. Needless to say, we were excited.

Then we found out that all sorts of folks had already discovered it while we were in our cups, and they were featuring it on their sites. We also found out there were other sites that offered something similar, and each kidn of focuses on its own region. Since we're patently lazy, we'll let the other sites do the heavy lifting:

Dethroner: Nine Bar-Mapping Sites: Happy Hours, Ratings, and Beer

Days That End In "Y": Find That Happy Hour!

Digg: Unthirsty.com: Google Maps + Happy Hour

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October 12, 2006

Bacon Martini, in the Flesh (Get It?)

Bacon Martini in the FleshHot on the heels of the carnivore cocktails we told you about last week, here's a recipe for a bacon martini you can make for yourself. We especially like the part about rimming the cocktail glass with bacon grease and skimming excess fat from the top of the cocktail before you serve it.

Kind of smacks of a joke recipe, but you can be there will be some interns here with greasy lips and hardening arteries by the end of the day. Maybe we should serve our martinis with an extra garnish of cholesterol medication?

Lightly mist martini glass with vermouth, and rim the edge with bacon grease. In a cocktail shaker, mix 3oz vodka, one dash tobasco, and one dash olive juice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Skim excess bacon grease from surface of cocktail. Garnish with one slice of bacon.
From Cynical-C via Dethroner

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Cachaca Dave Hits the Big Time

fazenda.jpgFor a while there, we were starting to think we got our wires crossed on the whole Cachaca thing. We'd been reading and hearing all sorts good things about Leblon, but when we finally got a chance to review their Cachaca, it kind of left us cold. Don't get us wrong, it wasn't horrible, but after the glowing reviews we wanted more.

Maybe the reason we were so unfazed by the whole Leblon thing was the fact that we'd tried Fazenda Mae de Ouro cachaca before we had our first sip of Leblon. When we compared them we thought it had a cleaner taste, less bitterness, and an overall better Caipirinha experience. So we wondered why weren't they getting similar props to Leblon? Then we remembered that one brand has a multi-million dollar budget behind it, and the other doesn't have much more than the passion and dedication of its importer.

Dave Catania, aka Cachaca Dave, from Fazenda Mae de Ouro is the hardest working man in show business (OK, cachaca business), and it's nice to see him get some recognition like the blurb from Food and Wine magazine that names him a "Tastemaker" of 2006. Check out the snippet - Dave's the third one down - and learn more about the drink that's going to make him the Sydney Frank of Cachaca at Caipirinha.us.

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Drinking Songs: The Hold Steady

Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in AmericaIt's no secret that we like to drink here at the Liquor Snob offices, but the ice chest full of beers next to every computer isn't the only thing that makes our humble little abode a great place to work. We also like to listen to music, and we have a little office-wide contest where the interns bring in music that's somehow drinking-related for us all to enjoy, so we thought we might start sharing some of that music with you. Y'know, to try to brighten up that miserable existence you're constantly trying to drink away the memory of. Plus it's so cute to watch the interns try to wow us.

Anyway, this installment of our drinking songs saga is The Hold Steady, a group that's been called America's best bar band. We were reading a Pitchfork review of Boys and Girls in America (Amazon), the band's latest release, however, and they think the bar band tag is a misnomer, something we've got to agree with. They say "...although the characters in the Hold Steady's beery tales are big drinkers, you can't imagine many of them bellied up to a bar." We couldn't agree more - bar drinking is something that can be morose and introspective, but the Hold Steady's music is all about people who're just having a lot of fun with their drinking. They drink at parties, they sneak booze into places, and in one song on Boys and Girls manage to drink out of a purse.

But it's not all about the booze, either - the Hold Steady just plain rock. Some people might have trouble with the lead singer's voice - he doesn't quite sing and he doesn't quite talk and it all sounds like it's being dragged over gravel - but dammit it works. This isn't music for white-belted hipster pixies in mommy's eye shadow...it's good old sipping-PBR-while-pumping-your-fist-at-the-club, driving-along-with-a-beer-between-your-legs (not that we condone that) balls out rock that makes you feel like you're starting a three day bender. And there's nothing wrong with that.

The Hold Steady's Catalog:
Almost Killed Me - 2004 (at Amazon)
Separation Sunday - 2005 (at Amazon)
Boys and Girls in America - 2006 (at Amazon)

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October 11, 2006

The Roll 'Em Show 'Em Contest Winner

Who's the Big Winner?Holy McCrap, we just realized we never announced the big winner of the Roll 'Em Show 'Em contest we announced a few weeks back. Chalk it up to being busy combined with the fact that we drink our brain cells away for a living. Anyway, we did choose a big winner from the scads of entries we received, and we also called an audible...the winner's entry was so good we decided it was worth the home game AND the t-shirt. That's how we roll here in the Liquor Snob offices - second place gets a kick in the nuts. Aspire to more, kiddies...aspire to more.

The contest was to list who you'd want to play the game with; check out our Roll 'Em Show 'Em review and see below for the winning response.

Erin Grey, circa 1979
Samus Aran (Metroid, just got to see what's under that armor)
Bea Arthur
Way to keep it nerdy, man - from the original Battlestar Galactica Buck Rogers to the Golden Girls. We'll be contacting the winner - keep your eyes open for more contests in the coming weeks. [Update: Typing BG when we meant BR was a rookie mistake. The intern responsible will be flogged. - Ed.]

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October 10, 2006

Fina Estampa Tequila Arrives for Review

finaestampa_bottle.jpgYou know what we love? Arriving at the office and finding we've been sent a package. Know what we love even more? Finding out that package contains three bottles of tequila. We've been excited to try out Fina Estampa tequila since the moment we heard of it a couple weeks ago, and it's finally arrived. We've gotten our paws on a bottle each of Fina Estampa's Blanco, Anejo, and Reposado - and based on what we've been reading over at Tequila Afficionado, we were right to be giddy.

See what Mike Morales has to say from TA has to say below, and expect a review soon.

Fina Estampa reposado won a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this past March. The Beverage Tasting Institute called Fina Estampa reposado “very refined.” And Wine Enthusiast Magazine voted Fina Estampa and its stablemate, Herencia de Plata, among the top 50 must-have spirits of 2004.

The name--Tequila Artesanal--says it all, too.

"Fina Estampa is an artisan tequila made the old fashioned way,” explains Bowen. “From the hand blown bottles to the wood cork tops, everything is done by hand.”

from Tequila Aficionado (by the way, our digital camera is on the blink so we kifed their image too)

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Duke Ellington Cognac

ellington-cognac.jpgWe don't pay a lot of attention to cognac here, but don't think that's a snub against the noble drink...until now there just hasn't been one that's caught our interest the way Duke Ellington Cognac does. Named for the legendary music man, the cognac is a 20 year old XO blend (that's cognac for top of the line and while it doesn't exactly mean "extra old," it could). It might sound a bit steep at $150 per 750ml bottle, but it's not out of line when you consider how high end the liquor is rumored to be. No word yet on tasting notes yet but we'll let you know as soon as we try it - we hope it tastes jazzy.

Until it gets a wide release, you can use the following contact information to find out more/try to get your hands on a bottle:

Steve Shaw Jr
Harbrew Imports, Ltd
917 716 3611
fonz1020@hotmail.com

From Bottle Watch, via Martini Lounge

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October 9, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06

Blogpire 144We feature all the things you need to get your Fall spirit rolling. Recipes and products from TheCookingNews.com and KitchenContraptions.com. Hear about all the latest natural products at ReallyNatural.com, and find out why we're excited about the Magic the Gathering card game expansion.

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October 6, 2006

Physical Challenge: Beat the Flush

Beating the FlushDrinking is one of our favorite hobbies. Who're we kidding...it's our only hobby. One thing about booze, though - once you drink it, it turns into urine pretty quickly. It's a fact of nature.

We've thought of a lot of games to pass the time while we're passing the fluid from our favorite pastime, which isn't surprising considering how often we're staring forward reading bar bathroom graffiti. That's when we came up with Beat the Flush - nature's greatest bar bathroom sport (other than the spontaneous hookup). The rules are simple, you can play by yourself and you'll have plenty of time to practice, you lush.

All you have to do is flush just as you start, and then try to finish before the last bit of water sloshes away. Sounds simple, doesn't it? It's not as easy as you might think with six pints in you. Let's just say this...prepare to push.

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October 5, 2006

We Want a Drink Tender

Drink TenderEverybody loves throwing parties, but sometimes being the host gets in the way of the actual partying. If you're not the type who likes to flit around freshening everyone's drinks, you're the type who'll be interested in the Drink Tender. Fill it up with beer or mixed drinks, add some ice to the internal cooling chamber, flip on the light, and suddenly everyone knows where they can get their own damn drinks.

It holds 80 oz of liquid, it sits on a lazy susan base for easy access, and it's available at Amazon.

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Worst...Fire...Ever

Hops FireLadies and gentlemen, we're sorry to be the ones to report this to you but it appears there has been a fire. Don't be concerned for your safety...be concerned for your sobriety. Apparently this fire, in a warehouse in Washington, has consumed four percent of our nation's hops supply. What is hops, you might ask? Oh, just one of the things that makes beer taste beery.

Yes we know we still have the other 96%, but we're still overwrought with emotion so we'll let the fine folks over at The Sporting Life do the heavy lifting on more details:

As of yet, the cause of the fire in Washington’s Yakima Valley is unknown (although the fact it’s happened in Washington’s premier wine region must make some of us suspicious, no?), but local reports note the “pungent” aroma the fire released. Pungent? Again, these ‘reports’ must’ve come from wine types.
via The Sporting Life - The Beer Blaze of ‘06; also reported at Days That End in "Y"

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October 4, 2006

Bling H2O Sexes Up Your Drinks

Bling H20

We first heard about Bling H20 on NPR a few weeks back, and then completely forgot about it. Then we tried to make a scotch and water with the offal that spews from the faucet in our kitchen. When we took our first sip of the drink, all we could taste was tap water. We muscled through it of course, but we found ourselves wishing we had some water that didn't step all over our booze.

Then we remembered Bling H20 - not only do they use a nine step purification process to clean up the taste of the water, they position themselves as the "Cristal" of bottled water. Yep, now you can buy your water in a frosted glass bottle decorated with Swarovski crystals. Think that might get you a little more loving than turning on the tap? If you've got Rodeo Drive tastes when you mix your drinks, you can pick up a bottle of Bling H20 for around $40. Just make sure you have enough cash left over afterward to actually buy booze.

Learn more and buy online at BlingH20.com.

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Pro Bar Accessory: The Liquor Spout

Liquor Bottles with SpoutsEveryone knows mixology is a precise science, and we've often been asked by bar newbies about how bartenders calculate the right amount of booze to put into a drink without using a jigger. It's not magic, and you don't have to be a Booze Whisperer to be able to get the flow down at your home bar.

Y'know those cute little silver spouts you see sticking up off all the liquor bottles? They moderate the rate of flow as the booze exits the bottle, and you can calculate exactly (more or less) how much liquor is exiting the bottle. Just remember that a four count gets an ounce and a half shot into the glass. With some practice you can get your Mississippis right and sling the right amount of liquor every time without having to break out the measuring cup.

Pick up a set of six chrome bottle pourers to get you started at Amazon.

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October 3, 2006

Obey Hangover Wallet with Bottle Opener

Obey Hangover WalletAs a drinker, it's in your best interest to always have a bottle opener handy. Yeah, it's cool to be able to open a beer on a random object - it proves you're handy. But if you always have a real, honest-to-goodness bottle opener on you, it shows that you think ahead. Plus, you can always pull it out with a flourish when you're looking to impress.

That's where the Obey Hangover Wallet comes in - it's sturdy and looks hip, and it features a bottle opener that snaps right in. Plus, it's made by the dude that came up with all those Obey Giant stickers people put all over the place - y'know, the ones that made you scratch your head and wonder "Why the hell is Andre the Giant staring at me from that street light?"

Obey Hangover Wallet is available on Amazon

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Coldpole Unveils Flask Ski Pole for '06/'07

Coldpole '06

Remember the Coldpole, the combination ski pole/liquor flask we told you about last year? We've gotten word that the company has released its newest version of the Coldpole for the 2006/2007 season. Stronger and lighter? That's great, but you had us at "ski poles you can fill with liquor." Check out the press release we got below, which contains the details you need to get one for the skier in your life - the Coldpole is $74.95 for a pair and comes with a cleaning kit and instructions.
Coldpole has unveiled its hot new 2006/2007 model “Black Gold” series of Coldpole Liquid Reservoir Ski Poles. The improvements to this innovative snow skiing product include decreased weight, increased strength, and bold new graphics highlighting gold lettering on jet black poles. Best of all, each Coldpole can still hold up to 8 oz. of the skier’s favorite beverage!

Each and every set of Coldpoles now comes with its own Cleaning Brush and Filling Funnel, plus instructions on how to use and operate this ingenious product. Coldpoles are the perfect gift for skiers in your life this holiday season, and can be purchased at www.coldpole.com or contact via email at sales@coldpole.com or toll free 1-877-633-2102.

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Cocktails for Carnivores

bacon-martini.jpgWe've never seen a downside to combining our liquor with meat, but usually we keep the steak on the plate and the booze in the glass, unless we're marinating or something. Leave it to folks in Vegas to one-up us by mixing actual meat cocktails, from the Bacon Martini (which contains - you guessed it, bacon!) to the Beefytini (a heady concoction of gin, vermouth and "jerky juice). Plus, the article at Chow.com says the addition of bacon takes the nastiness out of bottom-shelf vodka - could it be we've found a replacement for our Gray Kangaroo?

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October 2, 2006

Nights in Black Velvet

Guinness 'N WineIf you ask us (and we know no one did), stout, and Guinness in particular, is the single greatest beer ever created. Sliding Guinness sales aside it's the perfect beverage, fine to drink alone or alongside any meal from Bangers and Mash to ham and eggs. While we usually drink our stouts straight, there's a long history of combining this black gold with other liquids, from Bass beer in a Black and Tan to a shot of Chambord in a Black Fog.

The redoubtable Wine X Magazine has opened our eyes to another Guinness concoction - the Black Velvet. A combination of stout and sparkling wine, the Black Velvet has a reputation of transcendence. Or, it has that reputation in the few places the bartender has heard of it anyway. A lot of bars around us in the Boston area serve them, but we've never sampled - we're going to make sure to fix that mistake after all the praise being lavished on the drink. Learn more about the Black Velvet, including tips for good stouts to try and choosing the wine to pair it with at Wine X; we've also found some other stout recipes at DrinksMixer.

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October 1, 2006

Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: September 2006

Grilling!September is a time for the last grilling of the season, along with whatever else you might need to do before it's time to bundle up for winter. Just like always, we've been spending our time looking for liquor, and we've found everything from boozy robot bottle caddies to liquor console tables. We also reviewed Leblon Cachaca and a variety of mixers like Sweet's Cocktail Kick sour mix and Cocktail Mist drink flavoring. Read on to see all the best stories of the month.

ArrowContinue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: September 2006"

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