December 15, 2009
The folks at Bacardi sent us a bottle of a special 89 proof version of their famous Superior Rum - a slightly overproof version of the white rum you're probably familiar with, which is rumored to be closer to the original Cuban formulation of Bacardi's flagship product. We gave it a taste on your behalf - our notes are below.
The bottle looks very similar to the one you might see at your local liquor store, and might be hard to differentiate from a distance. It is slightly different, however, even beyond the fact it's all in Spanish. "Ron Superior de Bacardi y Cia" has a pretty cool ring to it, though. That and just holding the bottle made us feel very Hemingway, without the gift for prose or the suicidal urges.
The nose was very mellow in comparison to Bacardi as we remember it (and most other white rums we've tried), even though it has a higher-than-average proof, and had a light, sweet, sugary smell. The taste at bottle strength was similarly mellow, with some hints of molasses, and was much dryer than expected. As you might anticipate, we were able to mix some daiquiris that curled our toes, and packed just that little bit of extra punch.
It's more expensive than your typical Bacardi Superior, weighing in at close to $50, but we think this is a must-have for rum enthusiasts and those who want to taste a bit of Bacardi's heritage, and a great gift idea. Don't take our word for it - head over to Bacardi.com for more information; otherwise, this rum should be available at your local liquor store.
* PS we apologize for the chintzy iPhone photo of the label...it was the best we could do and hopefully it'll help you recognize the bottle.
December 14, 2009
This is a flask that says "Cheers Motherfucker" on it. Christmas is coming and we've been very good little boys. That's all we're saying.
Available at Refinery29shops [via ThisNext] (Thanks for the tip, JoJo!)
December 9, 2009
OK, so we realize this is a liquor blog, and for the most part we tend to stay on topic. However, the holiday season is a season of giving, if you're into that kind of thing, and we wanted to ask you to help out some of our closest friends, simply by casting a vote. Let us repeat - you don't have to pull out the wallet, you don't have to donate a can of food, you don't have to shovel your old neighbor's walkway. In order to reap the karmic benefits, you just have to log into Facebook and vote.
For what, you ask? Our friend and drinking buddy Megan is the managing director of the Sideshow Theater Company in Chicago, and they are working to get a grant from Chase Community Giving through Facebook. The grant, for $25,000, will cover a good chunk of their operating budget for next year.
To help, all you have to do is:
1. Log into your Facebook account
2. Log into the Chase Community Giving Grant
3. Become a Fan of Chase
4. Vote for Sideshow!
After you've voted for Sideshow you'll still have 19 votes left to give to any charitable or other nonprofit organization you like. Think about it - a quick and easy way to ding up some positivity in your otherwise Scrooge-like existence, and make a difference for some starving artists. It's a win/win/win. Hell, while you're at it, why not fan up the Liquor Snob Facebook page too?
And with that, we return you to our regularly scheduled drinking.
December 8, 2009
We were talking about holiday punch yesterday, and how we were looking for an alternative to the typical punch bowl. Almost like magic, we got an email right afterward including all kinds of recipes we could use to fill said alternative. These are interesting punches, a little different than your typical mulled wine, and definitely looking like they'll put you in the holiday mood. With no further ado, here are the recipes for Honey Spiced Punch, Old Sidney-Town Punch, and Champagne Holiday Punch.
Continue reading: "Three Holiday Punch Recipes"
December 7, 2009
'Tis the season for holiday parties, and we've been on the lookout for something to replace the traditional punch bowl at our seasonal fiestas. While the bowl looks cool enough, people tend to spill with our ladle, and we just want something a bit more visually striking. Our solution? The Chantilly beverage dispenser - it has a smaller footprint on the table, has a pour spigot to let people easily fill their cups with cheer, and it holds two gallons of grog. What more could we ask for, really?
Chantilly Beverage Dispenser
December 3, 2009
You could say we're connoisseurs of the portable beer pong/beirut table, considering we have two or three of them lying around our office. They come in varying sizes and shapes, some are sturdier than others or fold more easily, but most of them have one thing in common - they cost over a hundred dollars. We love beirut, but c'mon...we'd rather rip a door right out of our wall and spend the hundred smackers on beer.
That's why we were impressed with GoPong - they say their tables are of the same high quality as the other brands you'll see online, but for around half the price. They say there's no slave labor involved, but hey...if they have to dip into the white slavery trade to get us a high quality, cheap beer pong table, we're not gonna go running to the feds.
Check out their selection of stock and customizable tables, for yourself or as a gift, at GoPong.com.
December 2, 2009
It should come as no surprise that we here in the Liquor Snob offices are fans of BeerFest, one of the better binge drinking movies ever made. That's why we were so excited when we found the above image on the BierBootHaus website...we love the idea of buying a bunch of these for our friends and filling them with little drinking-related trinkets (we're thinking bottle openers and coasters and the like) for the holidays. Who's looking to be drunk for the holidays?
Pick up your grownup stockings at Bier Boot Haus (Thanks for the link, Dave)
December 1, 2009
The weather's (finally) starting to get colder out there, and the idea of snow on the horizon puts us in the mood for some hot glogg next to a roaring fireplace. While we're heating it up, you go ahead and peruse the roundup of the stories we posted last month. Oh, and if you haven't seen it yet, the Liquor Snob 2009 Gift Guide is up and running! Let's get drunk and go shopping.
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: November 2009"