May 29, 2009

Kubler Absinthe Arrives for Review

kubler_bottle2.jpgLast week we told you about the New York Times' declaration that Kubler was its best value absinthe. This week, we're telling you we just got our own liter bottle of the Swiss concoction to try it for ourselves. At 106 proof it doesn't pack quite the punch of some of the other bottles we've tried, but we're fairly confident we're going to like what we get.

To the weekend testing labs!

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May 29, 2009

Liquor Bottle Dominos: Caffeen? Domino

Excellent domino action, plus a surprise ending to boot!

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May 28, 2009

Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka Review

belvedere_black_raspberry.jpegSometimes we get a liquor in to review that feels...well, it just feels too classy for us. You know, like we're the only guys in shorts and flip flops who show up at a black tie affair. Belvedere's Black Raspberry vodka is one of those bottles - we feel like we should handle the bottle with white gloves so we don't smudge the finish.

Then we remember Belvedere puts their pants on one leg at a time, and we crack the bottle and get to sipping.

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May 27, 2009

Transformers Drinking Games: Our 4 Favorites

tron_man_reclined.jpgWe've had drinking games on the brain lately, and we're also rekindling an old obsession - Transformers. We used to watch the cartoon when we were kids, and we're interested in the new Transformers flick that's coming out, even if only to see if we hate it as much as the one that came out a couple years ago. The main impetus, of course, is the sister sites What Would Optimus Do? and What Would Megatron Do?, where your favorite good and evil robots give the advice Dear Abby should, each answering the same question in his own unique way.

To commemorate this great day, we're including our favorite Transformers drinking games below, as well as why we like them. Find it after the jump - hopefully you'll find a game that lets you find your inner child and transform into an incoherent drunk.

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May 26, 2009

Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

jeremiah_weed_sweet_tea_vodka.jpgSome of our favorite memories involve lounging about on our plantation, fanning ourselves and drinking sweet tea while complaining about The Union. Oh, wait...that's not our memories. That's Scarlett O'Hara's. We get confused sometimes.

But if we ever wanted to tie on a good buzz while we did that, we're pretty sure we'd turn to Jeremiah Weed's Sweet Tea-flavored vodka. It's got sweet tea, it's got vodka, it's got Jeremiah Weed. How can you go wrong?

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May 22, 2009

Have a Good Weekend, Readers

dui.jpgEverybody have a great time at the season's first BBQ or whatever you do to commemorate the holiday, but don't forget to stay off the sauce if you're getting behind the wheel Well, that's true all the time but you know what we mean...this is a big cop weekend and there'll probably be more than one roadblock out there this weekend.

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May 21, 2009

NYT Calls Kubler "Best Value" Absinthe

kubler_absinthe_body_paint.jpgYes! Body paint IS good! Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, right...absinthe. Man, this day keeps getting better.

We just got word that the folks over at a little rag called the New York Times just ranked some absinthes based on value, and a little brand called Kubler came in as the best value. We've never had Kubler, but we're hoping to remedy that ASAP - any of our readers have an opinion they'd like to share? All we know is it apparently makes blondes dress like in the picture above. We'll take two bottles please.

Oh, you wanted the full ranking? Yeah, we can do that too. Sorry...we keep getting distracted by the picture. According to NYT here's the ranking:

1. Kubler
2. Grande
3. Pernod
4. Emile Pernot
5. St. George
6. Jade Nouvele-Orleans
7. Obsello
8. La Clandenstine
9. Lucid
10. Mansinthe
Of this list we've only tried the Nouvelle-Orleans, and we loved it but it kicked our asses due to poor decision making. Read the full story and tasting notes at the New York Times; more about Kubler at Kubler Absinthe

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May 20, 2009

Firefly/Serenity Drinking Game

nathan_and_morena.jpgWe've been a little obsessed with nerdy drinking games lately. After our post about science fiction drinking games a couple weeks ago, we had a nagging feeling there was something missing. What was it? It was keeping us nights, then we figured it out.

It was Firefly that was missing. Joss Whedon's science fiction Western masterwork was not included in the list of games. We've been on a Firefly and Serenity jag lately, and we're really enjoying seeing it again.

We've also been known to wax poetic about Morena Baccarin (and underpants tea), the second reason we watch the show. We're not afraid to admit - the first reason is our rugged hetero man-crush on Nathan Fillion. Anyway check out our favorite Firefly drinking game rules after the jump.

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May 19, 2009

Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Review

red_stag_jim_beam_glasses.jpgWe got our bottle of Jim Beam's soon-to-be-released black cherry flavored bourbon, Red Stag, a couple weeks ago and now it's time to review it. We mentioned this before - we were hesitant to even try it at first, because full disclosure requires us to say right up front we're Jim Beam White Label men from way back, and we were a bit concerned about a syrupy Nyquil nightmare that would forever tarnish our sweet, sweet nectar.

So how did we fare? Surprisingly well, we must say

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May 17, 2009

Hiram Walker Triple Sec Review

hiram_walker_triple_sec.gifWe've never reviewed triple sec here on the site, but we're starting to think we should focus more on things like this. Hell, sometimes liqueurs and other mixers make up 25 or 30 percent of the cocktail you're drinking - we're thinking we're going to want to make sure the stuff is on the level.

Plus, this is going to be a fun review for another reason - because the Hiram Walker folks sent us a bottle of Cointreau, what many people consider the industry standard in orange liqueurs. So how does good old Hiram measure up to Cointreau? Only one way to find out, isn't there?

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May 13, 2009

Absinthe Mata Hari Review

Before we received our bottle of Absinthe Mata Hari, we had never heard of bohemian absinthe. We figured it was some kind of crazy libation people drank at poetry readings, sipping on it in between snapping their fingers in applause for the latest spoken word stylings. Hell, maybe that's exactly what it is.

All we know is we tried it, and yeah...maybe we did feel a bit more like Maynard G Krebs afterward.

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Oval Vodka Review

oval_vodka_sparkles.jpgWe've been looking forward to reviewing Oval Vodka ever since we got the bottle a little bit ago. We've finally had time to sit down and give it the look-see (and smell-taste) it deserves, and we're excited to share the results. Ever since we heard about the 11 day "structuring" process Oval goes through, we've been excited about giving it a go - after all, who makes a vodka with a proof as strange as 84 unless there's a damned good reason? Find out why after the jump.

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May 11, 2009

5 Bar Conversation Starters

bar_talk.jpgWe just found something interesting in our inbox - an email about a new weekly column called lodged in with their liquor articles called The Imbiber. One interesting thing about The Imbiber is it's run by Playboy. Something interesting you might not know about Playboy is that they often feature naked women in their magazine and website. Yes, we were shocked too, but intrigued as well.

When we checked out this Imbiber, we liked the look of a little piece on bar conversations. From writing the bartender's name on your hand to carrying a little make-a-wish kid to the top of Everest, we found it had an answer to every conversation we have encountered in our time holding down a bar stool. These are good gambits, but remember it's up to you to do the heavy lifting while things are underway, or you can watch all the conversational goodwill you're stockpiling dwindle like Madoff's client list.

Have at it over at a little site we like to call (site probably NSFW unless you work somewhere awesome). However, you do have a defense if you click - turns out this time you really are reading it for the articles.

Image via South Park Studios

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May 4, 2009

Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: April 2009

tax-day.jpgIf you were looking for a reason to drink last month (you don't need one - just drink...) it came in the form of tax day. April 15, the bogeyman that breathes down your neck for the first third of the year, has come and gone, and it's brought with it all sorts of good stuff. Find out all of April's reasons to drink after the jump.

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May 1, 2009

Belvedere Black Raspberry Arrives for Review

belvedere_black_raspberry.jpegWe've gotten our grubby little paws on a bottle of Belvedere Black Raspberry vodka, just in time for the weekend. Expect our breath to smell of raspberries, but possibly not in a good way, come Monday. We're so excited about the bottle, we're thinking about doing a little maceration of our own, if you know what we mean.

Maceration Is Natural

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Hennessy Black Cognac

hennessy_black.jpgIf you're a cognac distiller, and you're putting out your first new product since 1961, how would you play it? If you're Hennessy, you would call the product "Black," probably to cash in on that Spinal Tap relevance.

It's like "how much more black could this cognac be?" and the answer is none. None more black.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make money in the cognac business. Hey, it worked on us - we'd love to try Hennessy Black and then, as they say in the business, "smell the glove."

Hennessy Black [via Acquire]

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