December 15, 2006

More Liquor Arrives for Review

Clicking Heels TogetherWe've got every reason to believe this holiday season will be full of extra cheer for the Liquor Snob staff, because we just got in a whole gang of booze that needs reviewin'. From self-contained shots to lemon liqueur to two kinds of Cachaca, we've gotten our hands on liquor to suit every taste bud this week. Maybe this will finally convince the interns to lay off their grumbling about the lumps of coal they got for their Christmas bonuses...at least during the holiday party anyway.

Here's what's been added to the review docket:

  • Frisco Fisch Cachaca - Silver and gold, silver and gold, we got two bottles of Cachaca in silver and gold!

  • Paula's Texas Lemon - All of the interns were tucked in their beds, while visions of lemon liqueur danced through their heads.

  • Twistee Shots - We're dreaming of a Twistee Christmas, just like the ones we used to know, with butterscotch schnapps and vanilla vodka, all in a prepackaged and portable glass!
OK, maybe we lost it with the last one there, but keep your eyes open for reviews and don't forget there's not much time left until Christmas...don't forget to fill in your last-minute holiday shopping cracks using the Liquor Snob Gift Guide '06.

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December 13, 2006

Cognac Davidoff Classic Review

Cognac Davidoff Classic
High Falutin' Brandy Imported from France
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $50
Davidoff at Le-Cognac.com

Cognac Davidoff Classic: Image via Spirituosenworld.deWe're the first ones to admit we don't drink a lot of cognac. After all, we're not Uncle Pennybags or The Ladies Manright? Even so, we had a good time taste testing Davidoff Cognac...not to get too low-brow, don't be afraid of the 'gnac. The interns had a grand old time putting their pinkies up and giving it a swish, and everyone had positive things to say, which wasn't a big surprise.

Of course, that could be due to the fact that Davidoff is blended and bottled by another little name in Cognac - Hennessy. That's right, Zino Davidoff, already a big name in cigars and tobacco, put his head together with the folks at Hennessy to develop his product. Not a bad place to start, from everything we've heard. Read on for our notes about the fruits of their labor.

ArrowContinue reading: "Cognac Davidoff Classic Review"

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December 12, 2006

The Right Liquors for Holiday Entertaining

Holiday PartyRight about this time of year is when you start thinking about trips to the liquor store with dreams of sugarplums in your head. It's the season for holiday parties, and holiday parties mean picking out the right booze. With all the other headaches of the holiday season, you don't need something else to add stress, especially considering the end result is a holiday drunk.

Luckily, Epicurious has put together a guide to help you know what to get to make your spirits bright. Check out their recommendations for Bourbon, Scotch, Rum and Brandy - and most of them are brands you can find in just about any liquor store, which is a nice touch.

Can it be? Once again, the holidays are almost upon us. It's peak season for entertaining at home, whether it's a festive cocktail party, a tree-trimming, a traditional family gathering, a bowl game, or the granddaddy of them all, New Year's Eve. It's also the time of year when our willingness to indulge in spirits reaches a zenith.

Given our seasonal proclivity — not to mention the return of the cocktail and the current craze for single malt Scotch and other fine spirits — it's time to take stock of the liquor cabinet or wet bar.

To help keep your guests merry and bright, here is a short list of five great, nay, essential, spirits to have on hand for the celebratory onslaught.

From Epicurious

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December 8, 2006

A Whole Bunch of New Booze Arrives

Put on a Happy FaceWe're putting on a happy face today because over the course of this week a whole bunch of great new booze has arrived. We've gotten our hands on a new cachaca we haven't tried before, a bottle of Compass Box whisky, and something we haven't reviewed before and are very excited about - cognac. Plus, don't think we've forgotten we owe you a review of the bottles of o2 Vodka that arrived a couple weeks ago...they're coming and should be up by next week. As for the new stuff, here's the layout:

  • Compass Box Oak Cross - We're really looking forward to this one; check out Kevin's thoughts on The Scotch Blog and head over to the Compass Box site to find more info.

  • Cognac Davidoff - Don't know much about this one but we're really looking forward to trying it; learn more at the Davidoff site.

  • Cuca Fresca Cachaca - As you know we really developed a taste for cachaca over the summer; looking forward to giving this one a try. Learn more about it.

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December 7, 2006

Paula's Texas Lemon Liqueur

Paula's Texas Lemon LiqueurWe don't drink a lot of liqueurs in these parts, mostly because we find them to be too sweet. Well, that and the fact that we like our liquor to make us grimace - you have to pay for the buzz, y'know. One exception to this rule was Paula's Texas Orange, an orange liqueur that tasted just like oranges without hitting our sugar button. We've just found out about a new liqueur from our friend Paula, a lemon concoction similar to Italy's limoncellos.

We've got a bottle on the way, and we're looking forward to trying it out, especially to try out some of the cocktail recipes we found on their site. Until we can get our review up, learn more about it at Paula's Texas Lemon.

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October 12, 2006

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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October 10, 2006

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 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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September 23, 2006

Shots Liquor Console by J.P. Meulendijks

Shots Liquor ConsoleThis seems like a damn cool product, but try saying that name ten times fast...the way we sound it out it reminds us of an after-hours show in Tijuana (Mule and what!?). Anyway, the table itself is just as cool as the name of its creator, with 10 angled recesses designed to hold wine or liquor bottles. Plus, you can either lay it down flat as a coffee table, or stand it up on its side so it's more like a little bar. The design's pretty damned futuristic looking, though we're not sure why they're associating their table with the old ultraviolence (check out the Clockwork Orange pic in the background). Must be a dutch thing.

The Shots Liquor Console is made of hard poly vinyl with a scratch-proof coating, and will set you back around 795 Euro, or just over a grand American. Learn more at N-U.nl.

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September 22, 2006

Liquor in the Can

diageo-rtd-cans.jpgAll in all, we think drinking Ready to Drink cocktails (affectionately known as RTDs) is like riding a moped or making love to someone who's unattractive - it can be a lot of fun until your friends find out about it. After that, you're mercilessly made fun of and called "Mr. Hard Lemonade" until the day you die. Or at least that's how it is with our friends.

And it's not like you can be super stealthy about it usually - they're just so damned conspicuous. Everyone else in the bar is drinking beer out of a brown or green bottle, and you're there with your hand around a clear bottle full of something that looks like toxic waste.

That's probably why Diageo is finding so much success with their new canned RTDs. You shove the can in a coozie and suddenly you can pretend you're drinking Miller Lite just like all your friends, while you're really sipping down a pre-made Captain and Coke. That's real genius.

Mike over at Days that End in "Y" has the full rundown:

Rather than buying cases of beer, you may be buying cases of cocktails in the near future. Diageo has rolled out four ready-to-drink cocktails, which it's testing in Tampa: Captain Morgan and Cola, Smirnoff Vodka and Lemon-Lime Soda, George Dickel Whisky and Cola, and Seagram's 7 American Whiskey and Lemon-Lime Soda. The cocktails are 5% ABV in regular 12-ounce cans, so they sit right next to beer.
via Days that End in "Y"

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