March 30, 2007

Ain't That The Truth?

End of the Rainbow

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March 30, 2007

Cirrus Vodka Arrives for Review

There's a new Vodka on the block, and we've just gotten our hands on a bottle for review. It's called Cirrus, and it's a triple-distilled Potato Vodka that's not made in Russia or Poland - it's made right down in Virginia. We've had some great experiences with domestically-produced vodkas, so we're itching to try it.

It's already garnered quite a bit of positive attention, including winning a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, among other awards. We'll be digging into the bottle as soon as humanly possible, and we're already hearing good things about the stuff from others who have beaten us to the punch on tasting it.

I recently sampled a new kid on the vodka block. Impeccably smooth, with a pleasant lingering creaminess, the triple distilled potato vodka brought images of Kremlins and oversized fur hats to mind.
The Liquid Muse (via Luxist)

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March 29, 2007

Connectables PB2000 Breathalyzer

Sometimes what you're looking for in your breathalyzer is some portability. You want to make sure you're not driving over the limit, but you also don't want to carry around a box bigger than your cell phone to do it. That's where the PB2000 comes in - it's small enough to fit on a keychain, plus it's easy to use. You just blow - the light turns yellow if you're between .04 and .08, and red if you're above .08.

Amazon - Connectables PB2000 Alcohol Tester

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March 28, 2007

Jellyfish Beer Bong

It looks like a combination of a Portuguese Man O' War and Mr. Ed's condom, but it's actually something you can drink beer out of. Well, we suppose you could drink beer out of either of those first two things, but here's something you'd actually want to drink beer out of. It's called the Jellyfish (appropriately enough) and it's an inflatable beer bong. Just pull it out of your pocket, blow it up, fill it with beer, and chug.

We have one on its way to us so expect a review soon - learn more and pick one up at BeerSudz.com.

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March 27, 2007

Liquor Flask Sandals - Reef Dram

Summer's coming, and it's time to start thinking about what you'll be wearing on your feet. Last summer our pick would've been the Reef Fanning bottle opener sandals, but it looks like the folks at Reef have outdone themselves yet again.

The Reef Dram sandals don't include a bottle opener, which could be considered a flaw until you realize what they do hold - polyurethane encapsulated flasks in each heel. They don't hold much (about 3oz each) but that's six ounces of booze you wouldn't have had otherwise, whether it's on the beach, at a party, or in the shower at the gym. The flip flops come in three colors (blue, brown, and black/white) and come with a church key that opens the flasks.

See more at Reef.com

Buy a pair of Reef Drams at Amazon

[via Thrillist]

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March 26, 2007

Absolut Pears v. Grey Goose La Poire

We don't do much with flavored vodka around here - not that we don't like them, we just don't drink them often. We've found an interesting review comparing two pear vodkas - one from Absolut and the other from Grey Goose. We've never been big Absolut fans, but we like us some Goose every once in a while. Well, that and the fact that the reviewer compares the flavor of one brand to reptile offal...something we don't have much experience with but wouldn't want in our cocktails.

What's Grey Goose's La Poire got going for it? One thing only: it doesn't taste like a combo of cough medicine and snake shit. Seriously, Absolut Pears is fucking awful; a very fake tasting "pear" flavor that completely overpowers the vodka. Very disappointing, considering how delicious Absolut Mandarin is. Grey Goose La Poire, however, is tasty; the essence of Anjou pears added to the vodka creates a nicely subtle flavor.
copyranter

Note: We dug around on copyranter's site a bit and we liked what he had to say about booze - where we have a tendency to see the good in all booze, he definitely calls 'em like he sees 'em. Check out Excuse Me While I Puke and Die and Absolut Krap.

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March 22, 2007

Who Should be the Thrillist Winerack Beta Tester?

Last week, we told you about The Winerack, the bosom-friendly alcohol-smuggling device for the ladies, from the makers of The Beerbelly. We'd heard rumors of it, but we got confirmation through Thrillist that it was ready to go into production and it is truly the real deal.

Apparently, those lucky bastards over at Thrillist are getting their hands on a Winerack of their very own, and they're searching for women to be the very first model. The candidates have already been chosen, but you can check out the ladies in the running and cast your vote on who you see most deserving of this grand honor. We're not going to tell you who to vote for, but we think you can piece together who our favorite is by looking really hard at this story.

Vote early, and vote often, and soon you'll be able to see the most popular model sporting the Winerack. (Actually, you can't vote often - it's only once per IP address, but you know what we mean).

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How to Build a Home Bar

As spring approaches, our minds start to wander to home improvement projects. OK, maybe not really, but there is one project that has piqued our interest. We found an article over at cocktails.about.com that outlines ideas for how to build a home bar, as well as places to look for plans to build the one that's perfect for you.

Maybe adding a bar has been on your to do list for awhile or your bar is out of date and needs a little renovation or you want to transform a dry bar into a wet bar. There are a variety of styles and designs available that are easy to build yourself and if you're not the handiest person, take your ideas to a professional and let them take care of the details.
cocktails.about.com

We especially like the idea for turning a hall closet into a bar, for those of us who don't own our houses or have limited space - check it out at HGTV. While you're at it, see if you can get your better half (or your roommates) to let you build a kegerator into your new bar as well. Hell, why not right?

Note: The plans in the image are from Ask the Builder if you want more tips from them.

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March 21, 2007

G'Vine Gin Review

G'Vine GinWe've said it before, and we'll say it again - we like the resurgence of boutique gins we're seeing right now. With a well-made gin, you can rely on your drinks to be generally on a different level than other white spirits - plus, you put it in martinis, and there's nothing wrong with that. A few sips of a good gin martini and the complexity will understand why the British used to call it "Mother's Ruin."

There's a whole laundry list of botanicals that are added to G'Vine, not the least of which is green grape flowers, along with a host of others. With so many flavors added, you can either end up with a complex drink, or a muddled mess where you can't tell what's going on. Find out what we thought below - plus find out how one of the botanicals in the drink might help clear up that embarrassing burning sensation you picked up on your last trip to Mexico.

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March 20, 2007

Beleza Pura Cachaca Review

CaipirinhaA couple weeks back we got a package in the mail containing two bottles. Within these bottles were two variants of Beleza Pura Cachaca - one the straight deal, and the other a Caipirinha liqueur made with the stuff. We've heard good things about Beleza Pura, so we were fired up to give that a try, but we've had less than awesome experiences with pre-made cocktails.

So how did the two variants measure up to our expectations? Read on to find out.

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March 19, 2007

Boston Bar Golf

We're sure the last thing you want to think about the Monday after a Saturday St. Patrick's is another bar crawl, but we've discovered something we just have to share with our New England readers. We've known for a while that the Faneuil Hall area was basically vat-grown for pub crawls, and we've even been on a few ourselves. What we didn't know about was the Boston Bar Golf Invitational, a yearly event where a large number of people get together to take the area by storm. We're not talking an intimate stroll with a few friends here - we're talking shock and damage (nearly 200 people had signed up for the crawl when we wrote this story).

Faneuil Hall is renowned as one of the best Bar Golf courses in the world. From its world class Irish pubs to its lively sports bars, each establishment provides unique challenges to a bar golfer. There is no better environment to meet new people or enjoy good times with old friends. Join us this April on a journey that will be talked about for years to come.

Sounds like fun - head over to BostonBarGolf.com to sign up and get more info. The Boston Bar Golf Invitational occurs on April 14 this year, and if you're still curious what the hell Bar Golf is, see below.

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March 16, 2007

Perique Liqueur de Tabac Tasting Notes

You might remember we told you about a tobacco-based liqueur called Perique a couple months ago, and we told you we'd try to find out if there was nicotine in the drink? Well, it turns out we failed in our mission to get the word directly from the horse's mouth on it, but through our skills of patient waiting, we've come across word that someone else has gotten confirmation.

There is no nicotine to be found in Perique.

As much of a bummer that is for all of you looking to beat your nicotine jones in another way, we still thought you should know. The fine folks over at SlashFood have gotten their hands on a bottle and proceeded to review it. We're jealous, but we're glad they were able to do so - and they did a good job of it too. See below.

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March 15, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes from TheBar.com

HalfHalf.pngAfter some reader uproar about our general St. Patrick's Day scroogery, we've decided we'll get in the spirit after all. After all, there's no rule that says we have to go out to a crowded bar for our Guinness and whiskey and St. Patty's revelry. It dawned on us if we want to avoid the crowds and keep ourselves in a holiday frame of mind, all we have to do is stay at home and get quietly blind on St. Patrick's-themed drinks. Alternately, we could spend all day Saturday achieving said blindness, and THEN go out...that might make us a bit more accommodating of the crowds.

We checked out TheBar.com for our recipes, because it's run by Diageo, the folks who own Guinness. Since Guinness is commonly known as the only thing that kept the Irish from taking over the world, we thought it was a good place to start. We've rounded up a couple solid Guinness-based drinks...and for those who aren't quite ready to jump on the Guinness and Bushmill's bandwagon, we threw in a bonus drink that's on the fruitier side (but green as well).

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Pre-St. Patrick's Day Irish Whiskey Tips

Most of our loyal readers know we're not the biggest St. Patrick's Day fans (it's a good thing our Irish family members don't read this site, eh?). It's nothing against the Saint Patrick, and his leading of the snakes out of Ireland and whatnot - well done, Pat. It's just that it turns out to be the biggest (or second biggest, if you count New Year's) amateur drinking night of the year. Not to be too Scroogey, but if we want to get overcharged for Guinness we'll just head into downtown Boston any night of the week.

But, just so you don't think we've forgotten about the holiday, we found an interesting roundup of what Irish Whiskey is all about, over at The Scotch Blog of all places. Kevin has some good things to say about the stuff, and drops some science on what Irish whiskey really means, below.

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March 14, 2007

Toast Me, I'm Irish

St. Patrick's day is on the horizon, friends, and you know what they say - everybody's Irish on that day. Kevin over at The Scotch Blog has gone Irish for the entire month of March, and he's holding a competition where you can send in your favorite Irish toast in honor of the holiday.

Sounds like it can be an old chestnut, or something you've minted yourself, but make sure to get it to him by noon on Friday (details below). Just remember, the Irish are known for their wit, their wisdom, their blarney, and well...their drinking.

Oh, and Kevin did you say something about a prize?

And Yes...there will be a special prize (courtesy of Old Bushmill's distillery) for the best submission.

Get yours in as soon as possible, but no later than Friday at Noon EST (GMT - 5)

Winner to be announced Friday at 6 pm EST (GMT - 5) (just in time for St. Patrick's Day).

Submit via comments and/or email.

Read on and enter at The Scotch Blog

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Bartender Anime Video

To be honest, we don't mess around much with Anime anymore. Nothing personal, but after the requisite mind-bending Akiraviewings and our distasteful brush with tentacle porn in Uritsukidoji, we decided to leave well enough alone. There is a particular show that has been brought to our attention, however, that sounds pretty interesting. It's called Bartender, and it sounds right up our alley - see what we found out about it below, and see a video of the opening credits from the show as well.

Genius bartender, Ryu Sasakura makes the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Seeking his "Glass of God", individuals from all different walks of life visit his bar. With both a compassionate ear and a godly drink, Ryu helps people with their problems.
AnimeNewsNetwork

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March 13, 2007

Kegulator Makes Math Obsolete

Pavinacooler

There was a time when it was a complete pain in the ass to try to figure out how much beer to buy for a party. Usually, the only way to make sure you had enough was to buy too much, but at least with our friends, that became a self-fulfilling prophecy and everything in the house went into someone's gullet no matter how much we buy.

Thankfully, that's no longer a problem thanks to the Kegulator, a sweet Web widget that lets you enter how many folks are drinking and how drunk you expect each to get on a scale of Tipsy to Hammered. Not only will it calculate how much beer you need, it also factors for spillage and recommends the amount of ice, and cups to get. Guess we can get rid of our old Casio calculator watch now.

Check it out at Kegulator.com.

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March 12, 2007

Who Wants to get Wineracked?

A while back we told you about this nifty little gizmo called the BeerBelly, which allows discreet drinkers to deceive disadvantageous discovery...or at least smuggle beers into the ballgame. Not everybody wants to look like they're about to give birth to a half case of beer however, so the boys at the lab went back to work...and they dubbed it the WineRack.

We think it's a great idea, but we're concerned it might backfire as you attempt to smuggle your booze.

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March 9, 2007

Sazerac: The World's Greatest Cocktail

We've discovered our favorite drink. Ever. Hands down. As you can tell, it's been absinthe-palooza over here at the Liquor Snob offices this week, with reviews of both Duplais and Artemesia absinthes going live yesterday.

After the tasting, we decided to branch out a bit and mix some cocktails. It wasn't that we were bored with the good old "louche the absinthe with water and have deep conversations" thing - we just felt we had to round out the experience. The first one we tried was a Sazerac, and we might have tipped our hand with the title of this post about how we felt - see below for the recipe.

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March 8, 2007

Absinthe Clandestine & Capricieuse Review

Usually, when we think of absinthe we think of green. After all, the drink is often known as the Green Goddess, or La Fee Verte (the green fairy). We've known for a while that you could get the drink in other colors and varieties (we've even heard tell of red absinthes, though we're not sure we'd trust them), but we never really paid that much attention.

Recently it was brought to our attention that there is a whole subset of the liqueur known as "La Bleue Suisse" (or is it Suisse La Bleue?) that was made illegally in Switzerland after absinthe was banned in Europe. We've gotten our hands on two bottles of the stuff from the Artemesia Distillery in Switzerland, which apparently started production on March 1, 2005 when the drink was once again legalized in that country - though they cut their teeth as absinthe bootleggers. How cool is that?

So how do the two bottles we got - Clandestine and Capricieuse - match up to their green brethren?

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Absinthe Duplais Review

absinthe-duplais-triplets.jpgSometimes it takes us a while to get ramped up for our absinthe-reviewing duties. It's not like we don't like the taste - we just like to make a true event out of it instead of a typical run-of-the-mill tasting. On top of that, we might sometimes have problems with flashbacks to our first run-in with it, back when we were young and stupid.

We've finally wrapped our minds around the three Absinthe Duplais bottles we got, and we've taken some time to form some thoughts about it. So how did the Blanche, Balance, and Verte line up with our expectations? And were we able to keep our ears attached to our heads? Find out below.

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March 7, 2007

BongXedo Beer Bong Review

BongXedo
Wearable Beer Bong
Typical Price: $39.99
Website

The concept of the BongXedo is pretty straightforward - it's a beer bong system you wear like a tuxedo. We were fired up to test it out, so we took it to a party this weekend with visions of turning our friends into beer-soaked guinea pigs.

When we walked into the party, however, our friends got a load of where the beer comes out of the funnels (hint: it's in the nether region of the 'Xedo) and said "No way in hell I'm drinking out of that." Now these weren't our Intern lackeys, people we could browbeat and intimidate, they were our friends...

Read on to find out if we were able to convince these fine folks to drink out of our plastic johnson though the picture kind of gives it away, eh?

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March 5, 2007

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin

Juniper Green GinWe're digging on boutique-y type gins lately. Even though we haven't reviewed our bottle of G'Vine yet, but we're excited about it. Since we've got some gin on the brain, we were excited to hear about another small gin maker - and this one is organic to boot.

Juniper Green is a 100% organic gin, all the ingredients are USDA certified organic, British Soil Association Certificate, and CCOF certified. It is made with demineralised water and organic grain spirits. The botanicals are organic juniper, organic coriander, organic angelica, and organic savory. It has won many awards and medals in International competitions.
Read the tasting notes below.

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March 2, 2007

Do You Have to Flame Your Dr. Pepper?

flaming-dr-pepper.jpgWe've been posed with a question that strikes us as one for the ages, and we think we have an answer but we thought we'd check with you, our noble, drunken readers.

The question has to do with the Flaming Dr. Pepper, a majestic drink that has the power of the Philosopher's Stone. You take disparate elements and combine them together to taste like Dr. Pepper. That's what the Philosopher's Stone did, right? Anyway, here's the question from Gina:

Hi Liquor Snob
I'm hoping you can settle a liquor related disagreement. One of my friends can't get enough Flaming Dr. Pepper drinks and he thinks the flame adds carbonation and taste...I think it's just for flare. Can you help?!
Read on for our thoughts, a Flaming Dr. Pepper recipe, and to weigh in with your opinion.

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Isn't My Bottle Huge?

Huge BottleWe're usually fans of getting our liquor in the biggest possible vessel, but Kevin over at The Scotch Blog has put together a convincing argument saying that just a little bit smaller might be better. What the hell are we talking about, you ask?

We're talking about the US regulation that says our liquor bottles have to be 750ml, which prevents some European companies that bottle in 700ml bottles from exporting to us. If we could have a smaller bottle, it seems, we could have more choices.

Check out Kevin's story at The Scotch Blog, but beware...there might be math involved.

PS - We know the bottle in the picture is a wine bottle instead of a liquor bottle. Sue us...it's the best we could find on short notice.

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March 1, 2007

The USB Absinthe Spoon

USB Absinthe Spoon

We're not sure if this is an elaborate prank or the coolest advancement in drinking technology since lips, but either way, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you The Absinthe Spoon. Details are sketchy, including why you might need to plug your absinthe spoon into your computer, but apparently they're looking to give them away for free so people can test them out.

See below for the actual text on the site, which is cryptic as hell, and head on over there to peruse the comments that have been left - some of them are actually pretty damned funny. Our favorite was "How else could I wean my PC off the methadone?"

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Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: February 2007

Stupid CupidAh, February - the month of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and that other annoyance...Valentine's Day. Wait, did we say that out loud? Hope there's some room on the couch for us. Anyway, we kept ourselves warm this month by paying attention to our favorite subject - liquor.

Check out the stories from this month, which range from beer bongs to fine rums, after the jump.

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