We got our bottle of Double Cross Vodka a little bit ago, and we've sort of been reluctant to open it. No ulterior motive other than that rectangular bottle looks pretty darned cool front and center in the Liquor (Snob) Cabinet, and we didn't want to sully it by draining it. But, of course, our curiosity to try out the nectar inside overtook our aesthetic sense, and we had to pop it open for some sniffing, sipping, and cocktails.
OK, maybe it wasn't as existential as all that. But you're curious about how it all turned out, aren't you?
"Well, Liquor Snobs," we hear you saying. "You haven't posted since St. Patrick's Day. Was the hangover so bad you couldn't face a keyboard?" All we can say in reply is - don't ask.
But that's beside the point, because we've gotten our hands on another vodka for review, so we're going to have to dust off the cobwebs and make this happen. Oval Vodka is comes in a very cool bottle we're looking forward to cracking open. Do you need some more details? The website mentions some interesting keywords - we read about homeopathy and structure. What is structure, you ask?
The structuring process combines water and alcohol in a way that is different than every other vodka - it arranges the vodka so that the water completely envelops the spirit. The result...Since the alcohol is completely surrounded by water the first thing you'll taste is the soft clean taste of pure water.
The structuring process can only be accomplished at 48, 84 and 112 proof. We have chosen 84 proof for this product to provide you with a vodka that tastes great straight, makes even better cocktails and provides you the best drinking experience possible. That's why we consider OVAL Vodka's Natural Evolution.
Remember that video going around the Web a while back, where Dan Aykroyd was discussing Crystal Head Vodka and we didn't know if it was a joke? Well, it wasn't a joke, and we just got an email from our friends over at Internet Wines & Spirits that a certain someone will be autographing bottles of his wares next week if you want to get your hands on some history. We just bought ours - we're going to save it and drink the entire thing in the theater when Ghostbusters 3 comes out.
Internet Wines & Spirits is fortunate to welcome Dan Aykroyd to our St. Louis store on March 18. In conjunction with his visit, we are offering a special opportunity to purchase signed bottles of his Vodka, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. This offer expires on March 16 and orders will ship after March 19.
We just got wind of an interesting contest from Three Olives Vodka, the makers of all kinds of vodkas, flavored and non. All you have to do is show them the O-face you get from drinking their product (check out the original O-face moment if you need inspiration), and you have a chance to win a pretty cool prize. What's the prize, you ask?
How does $10,000 and a VIP trip to NYC to be the national face of their O-face campaign grab you? Yeah, we thought so. You can enter at their O-face contest page and see other entries as well. If you need more details, you methodical mofos, check out the full press release after the jump.
We're not usually ones for waxing patriotic, but not too long ago, the 44th president of the US was sworn in to much pomp and circumstance. He made a great speech, and we can't think of any way to celebrate that moment better than acknowledging the men and women who spend their lives protecting the nation and its citizens. That's why we're telling you about Brave Spirits line of liquors, made up of Valor Vodka, First In Whiskey, Standing Guard Gin, and At Ease Rum.
Brave Spirits is for Soldiers. Marines. Sailors. Airmen. Police officers. Fire fighters. You come to the rescue. You protect. You defend American freedom. You are America's bravest.
We honor you by celebrating your bravery and dedication with something to truly call your own.
For every bottle sold, Brave Spirits donates $2 toward charities that support the men and women of America's military, fire departments and police departments.
So far, they've donated $19K, and here's to more.
Brave Spirits are distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington DC, as well as on select Army and Air Force bases. They are are also available nationwide from several online merchants. More at Brave Spirits
Do you ever have one of those moments where everything comes together exactly, a lilting song of perfection with each piece fitting into the puzzle almost of its own accord? This is the opposite of how things went with our KU:L Vodka review. That's not to say we didn't like the stuff...quite the contrary. It was just a comedy of errors of lost notes and spacey editors that started way back in November. But you know what? We think KU:L is tasty enough and a good enough value you won't mind the wait.
Anyone who's been reading this site for a while knows we really enjoyed Tommy Guns Vodka, and not just because you can get it in a bottle in the shape of its namesake. We've just gotten our hands on a bottle of the vodka's sibling, Tommy Guns Tequila, which is available in the same gun-shaped vessel. A reposado laid down for six months, we've heard good things about the smoothness and taste of this one and we're looking forward to trying it.
Another new item we just picked up is KU:L vodka, imported by the same folks and with a name that makes us think it's something Conan should have drunk from the skulls of his enemies. We don't have much information beyond that, but we're certainly going to give it a taste and let you know what we think.
We just got our hands on a review bottle of Ruskova Russian Vodka, and we're looking forward to delving into the bottle a bit ASAP. We were going to say it was a new offering because we'd never heard of it, but then we found a page on Tastings.com where they awarded the stuff their "Best Vodka Under $10" award way back in '06. Now, we like high-end stuff, but if you can get a good Russian vodka for under ten bucks, that's a thing of beauty. We'll let you know what we think of it when we're able to do a full review.
So, we're confused. Is this vodka in a crystal skull-shaped vodka the real deal, or as Rick over at Martini Lounge theorized, just an attempt to drum up support for the making of Ghostbusters 3? We were also thinking it might be a poorly-timed go at getting cast in that Indiana Jones movie none of us saw. You be the judge.
ps - we do believe in spirits (obviously), but we're not sure that other kind is to be found in vodka bottles.
pps - we know he mentions the Indiana Jones movie in the past tense. Don't ruin our joke.
Double Cross Vodka was launched today, and it's right up your alley if you've been on the market for a vodka that's been distilled seven times and filtered through diamond dust.
Apparently this filtration leaves an exceedingly tasty vodka that hints at white pepper and lemon zest - and something seems to be working because they got good reviews from Paul Pacult and a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits competition.
Also, with all those diamonds involved you can expect to pay a premium to get Double Crossed - bottles run for about $50, and are currently available in the New York Metro and New Jersey areas. Learn more about Double Cross at DoubleCrossVodka.com.