September 20, 2007

Bambu Rum: Muddle Me

We just learned about Bambu - no, not the rolling papers, it's a white rum that's going to be launching in October. We don't have many details, but we do know about a launch party that's coming up on October 4. If you're planning to be in the NYC area on that particular Thursday (or even if you weren't planning to), you should check 'em out and get a little taste of the goods. Get the full details of the event by clicking the image on the right.

Find some more details at [as of press time the site's not live, but here's hoping]

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August 7, 2007

267 Infusions Arrive for Review

We've said multiple times that infusions are the next step in the evolution of booze. Don't get us wrong - we like regular flavored liquors, but the idea of having the actual fruit that's affecting the flavor of our drinks gives us that warm, comforted feeling.

We've seen 267 Infusions in the liquor store multiple times, and we've often been just this side of intrigued enough to pick it up. The question of when we'd actually try it has just been answered, however, as a box containing four of their eight flavors (that's 50% of the line for you math wizzes) has just arrived on our doorstep. Expect a full review of the bottles we received (pineapple and mango rum, as well as lemon and cranberry vodka) ASAP.

More at

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July 18, 2007

Mojito Yeses and Nos

Jeffrey Morganthaler has put together a nice list of things you should and shouldn't do in relation to a Mojito, and he's onto something. Some of them are common sense for ordering them when you're out (don't ask for one when the bar is mobbed) and others will help you make your own (don't muddle the lime with the ice cubes). Check out the full list, and find Jeffrey's preferred recipe, at his site.

Well, it’s mojito season here in the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time for a little lesson for the novice and experienced mojito drinker alike. Follow these helpful hints, dear reader, and you won’t dare go wrong.

Lay 'em on us, Jeffrey

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April 12, 2007

Dog Water Rum and Fruit Juice Review

Dog WaterWe got our bottle of Dog Water a few weeks ago, and while it seems like we've been ignoring it, we've actually got a damn good reason for why the review hasn't gone live yet. Seriously. We do.

The big problem is it polarized the interns we assigned to review it. They tried the Dog Water and began fighting like cats and well...dogs. We usually operate on a consensus basis around here, folding all opinions into one review, but we weren't able to get that close with Dog Water. We guess that's a good thing - if you love it, you love it. In honor of this divide, we're posting our first-ever He Said, She Said review so you can make your own decision.

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February 23, 2007

Maui Rum Review

Maui Rum Gold, Platinum, and DarkMaui Rum
Gold, Platinum, and Dark Rum from Hawai'i
80 Proof (40% ABV)

There are some days we wish we lived in Hawai'i. Y'know, hanging out on the beach, maybe some surfing, plenty of tropical drinks. Oddly enough, this is especially true during the winter, where it's been kind of cold and rainy and, well, cold. Luckily, we were able to pipe in a little slice of the tropics over the last few days in the form of Maui Rum. We've been whipping some tropical drinks of our own (with no umbrellas...we've had enough of those this winter).

So how did our three bottles of Maui Rum compare to our hopes?

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February 16, 2007

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum

Appleton Reserve RumWe're kind of behind the curve on this one since it was released a couple weeks ago, but we found out there's a new Appleton Reserve rum that's been released. We really liked the Appleton V/X we had a while back, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on the reserve.

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum announced the launch of Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum in the U.S. Appleton Estate Reserve is a blend of 20 marks of rums hand selected by the industry’s first female master blender, Joy Spence, from the world famous Appleton Estate in Jamaica.

“Appleton Estate Reserve is a great addition to the Appleton Estate range of rums available in the United States,” said Joe Murray, National Brand Manager, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums. “It has received international acclaim and been celebrated throughout the world, so now it’s time for American consumers to taste this wonderfully handcrafted rum.”

Read the rest of the release, including pricing and cocktail recipes, after the jump.

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February 6, 2007

Maui Rums Arrive for Review

Maui Rum Gold, Platinum, and DarkWe're big rum fans around here, and we're always excited to try out something new in the Kill Devil family - hell, we're even thinking about taking another stab at our arch rival Screech. We won't have to do that anytime soon, however, thanks to a package containing three bottles of rum shipped all the way here from Hawaii. Introducing Maui Rum, formerly known as Braddah Kimo's, in Gold, Platinum, and Dark varieties.

We're excited to try them out - here's the info we could find at the Maui Rum site:

Braddah Kimo's "triplets" all lined up in a row! They make him proud. Maui Dark Rum, introduced back in 2005, has become one of the best selling Dark rums in Hawai'i, winning critical acclaim along the way. It makes a killer Mai-Tai. - Maui Platinum Rum, successor to Braddah Kimo's Mo'Bettah Silvah Rum, is a smooth mixing rum for any tropical drink recipe. Bring your own umbrella. - Maui Gold Rum, successor to Braddah Kimo's Mo'Bettah Gold Rum, is a smooth sipping rum, but more refined than the original. Aged in American Oak barrels which formerly aged Jim Beam Bourbon.

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February 1, 2007

Who Let the Dog Water Out?

Dog WaterWe got an interesting email this week about a drink called Dog Water. Apparently it's a rum-infused liqueur that's created in Harlem, and it's in competition with another drink we've never heard of called a nutcracker. We looked it up at Urban Dictionary and apparently it's a "Summertime alcoholic mixed frozen drink, usually mixed by people at home and sold on the street and by word of mouth. Different flavors include Nutcracker, Finding Nemo, and Spongebob." Damn we feel white and nerdy.

Anyway, we'll be getting in some sample bottles of Dog Water sometime soon, and we'll let you know what this bitch tastes like.

Dog Water™ is a RUM-BASED mixed drink that is FUSED with FRUIT JUICE BLENDS to create a UNIQUELY SMOOTH recreational beverage. From first sip to last drop, Dog Water™ is the preferred choice of the next generation of drinkers. It comes in a variety of flavors with a host of attractive colors, and there is no harsh aftertaste. Divas and Dons alike have rallied to applaud this new drink sensation. EXPERIENCE ONE TODAY…Dog Water™ mixed drinks… a breed apart and grown enough to bark about it.
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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

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August 21, 2006

Leblon Cachaca Arrives for Review

Leblon Cachaca BottleWe've been drinking so much Cachaca lately we're thinking we might turn Brazilian. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if we woke up one morning speaking Portuguese with that extra-shorn feeling in our bathing suit area, but that's beside the point. We've heard some pretty good things about Leblon Cachaca, but we haven't tried it yet. Luckily, we just got our hands on a cute little bottle of the stuff and we'll be reviewing it as soon as we can.

See below for some quick info from

Made in Brazil from the first pressing of fresh sugar cane for a lively fruity nose. Then lightly aged in cognac casks in France for an ultra smooth taste.

Leblon Cachaca is the perfect mixer for any cocktail, from the Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, to twists on classics like the margarita or cosmopolitan.

We'll let you know what we think; plus, keep an eye out for our head-to-head comparison of Leblon with other Cachacas we've tried.

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