May 16, 2007

Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka

smirnoff-blueberry-vodka.jpgDon't look now, but there's another flavored vodka coming down the 'Pike. It's called Smirnoff Blueberry Flavored Vodka, and you guessed it, it's flavored like meat loaf. Just kidding - it's flavored with blueberries. We're very much interested in checking out how this one tastes - and let's just say we're interested in what kinds of cocktails you can make with the fruit we most associate with Maine. They call Maine Vacationland...and summer is the time of vacations. Based on this, we think we can safely say Smirnoff Blueberry might be the drink of the summer. Either that, or we need to lay off the word associations.

Read on for the press release including a cocktail recipe for the Blueberry Martini, and expect to see Smirnoff Blueberry in the next few weeks.

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May 7, 2007

ZYR Russian Vodka Arrives

We got an email the other day with the subject line "Best Russian Vodka Ever." Now, that's a bold claim - we've had a lot of good Vodka, and we've had a lot of good Russian Vodka, so we were immediately interested in what product might elicit that kind of bravado. Turns out, it's a relative newcomer to the Vodka block called ZYR, and based on the info they sent us, they might just be onto something:

ZYR vodka is imported from Russia, but the man who masterminded it is a Jersey Boy. David Katz uses a patented "9•5•3" process: The water, drawn from 460 feet below Russia's heartland, is filtered nine times; the fermented blend of winter wheat and rye is distilled five times; and the vodka is taste-tested three times, to ensure its velvety smoothness ($33;
9•5•3, eh? It might not replace 36-24-36 in the popular vernacular, but we'll give it a shot.

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April 26, 2007

Cirrus Vodka Review

A little while back we got our hands on a bottle of Cirrus Vodka, a small batch brand made down in Virginia. We haven't gotten a chance to taste it yet, and we decided today's the perfect day because of the rain falling outside...what better day to taste a vodka named after a cloud?

Read on for our thoughts and tasting notes on Cirrus - and to find out if it was a bright spot or if we felt like we'd hit a patch of bad weather.

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March 30, 2007

Cirrus Vodka Arrives for Review

There's a new Vodka on the block, and we've just gotten our hands on a bottle for review. It's called Cirrus, and it's a triple-distilled Potato Vodka that's not made in Russia or Poland - it's made right down in Virginia. We've had some great experiences with domestically-produced vodkas, so we're itching to try it.

It's already garnered quite a bit of positive attention, including winning a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, among other awards. We'll be digging into the bottle as soon as humanly possible, and we're already hearing good things about the stuff from others who have beaten us to the punch on tasting it.

I recently sampled a new kid on the vodka block. Impeccably smooth, with a pleasant lingering creaminess, the triple distilled potato vodka brought images of Kremlins and oversized fur hats to mind.
The Liquid Muse (via Luxist)

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March 26, 2007

Absolut Pears v. Grey Goose La Poire

We don't do much with flavored vodka around here - not that we don't like them, we just don't drink them often. We've found an interesting review comparing two pear vodkas - one from Absolut and the other from Grey Goose. We've never been big Absolut fans, but we like us some Goose every once in a while. Well, that and the fact that the reviewer compares the flavor of one brand to reptile offal...something we don't have much experience with but wouldn't want in our cocktails.

What's Grey Goose's La Poire got going for it? One thing only: it doesn't taste like a combo of cough medicine and snake shit. Seriously, Absolut Pears is fucking awful; a very fake tasting "pear" flavor that completely overpowers the vodka. Very disappointing, considering how delicious Absolut Mandarin is. Grey Goose La Poire, however, is tasty; the essence of Anjou pears added to the vodka creates a nicely subtle flavor.

Note: We dug around on copyranter's site a bit and we liked what he had to say about booze - where we have a tendency to see the good in all booze, he definitely calls 'em like he sees 'em. Check out Excuse Me While I Puke and Die and Absolut Krap.

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February 15, 2007

Will Jaguar Vodka Make You See Spots?

Jaguar VodkaOK, we're totally kidding about Jaguar Vodka making you see spots, but we're sure if you drink enough of it you could blur things a bit. We're big fans of high quality booze, and we like them even more when the makers of that good booze use their powers for good as well. Jaguar Vodka is a high end sugar cane-based concoction that has a "spare no expense" attitude. On top of that they also donate a portion of their profits to preserve jaguar habitats in South America - in fact, before the first bottle was even sold, they'd already donated enough to preserve 2,500,000 acres. Our friends at Really Natural would be so proud.

If wild cat preservation isn't enough reason to dig them (what're you, an anti-feline?), they list a passel of reasons to love them on their website. Check them out after the jump.

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January 19, 2007 to Trump Vodka: You're Fired!

How Dare You!A while ago we told you about Donald Trump's move into the spirits world (not spirit world - that's how rumors get started) with Trump: The World's Finest Super Premium Vodka. We sort of forgot about it after we posted the initial story because we haven't been able to get our hands on any, but with a name like that it's got to be good, right? Apparently not, according to the folks at About : Cocktails.

They got a chance to sample Trump's Vodka creation, and they were underwhelmed. No word on whether drinking it was better or worse than living in Tent City.

The brand that did not live up to its hype was Trump Vodka. Yes, that Trump. Donald Trump has expanded once again and put his name on a Dutch vodka that was rather unimpressive. I'm not sure what I expected, but I can say I have had much better vodka. However, I can imagine picking up a bottle for an Apprentice: LA viewing party, mixing up Dirty Martinis until the bottle's gone.
From About : Cocktails (read the full Trump Vodka Review)

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January 9, 2007

Twistee Shots Review

Twistee Shots
Vanilla Vodka Liqueur Mixed with Schnapps
30ml Shots
40 Proof (20% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $10 for 8 shots

Butterscotch Twistee ShotsThere's something about a prepackaged shot that almost seems too easy. You've got this shot glass you can throw in your pocket or briefcase, and do a shot no matter where you are. It kind of makes you wonder why more liquor companies aren't doing it - seems like you could make a bundle in college towns. Anyway, there is a company that's doing the good work of offering single-serving shots with Twistee Shots.

They offer a cool chambered shot glass that has vanilla vodka liqueur on one side, and a flavored schnapps on the other. You just jank it up to you mouth and swallow, and they mix in your mouth. Pretty smart. We tried the butterscotch and strawberry varieties - read on for our thoughts.

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January 8, 2007

O2 945 Sparkling Vodka Review

O2 945 Sparkling Vodka
Grain Vodka Imported from Britain
94 Proof (47% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $35 for 750ml

Bad picture of O2 945 VodkaYou'll have to forgive our tardiness on this review - it's been quite some time since our first O2 Vodka review, and we don't really have a good excuse. We liked the original O2 quite a bit, and we've been looking forward to reviewing this one, its higher-proof sister, for quite some time. We saved our bottle for our New Year's Eve party, and after reading an article that said on New Years vodka is the second most toasted drink after champagne, we decided we wanted the best of both worlds. Not only did we get to drink vodka instead of bubbly, we got to have bubbly vodka! That's one for the record books right there. Read on for our full review of O2 945, and find out how this premium vodka fared

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December 11, 2006

O2 Sparkling Vodka Review

O2 Sparkling Vodka
Triple-Filtered Grain Vodka Imported from Britain
80 Proof (40% ABV)

o2-vodka-toast.jpgWe've been excited to review O2 Vodka since we got our grubby little hands on the bottle, and now is our time. We've motored through the entire bottle, formed some opinions, had some good times. Our only regret is that we weren't able to try any of the Tapastinis we mentioned in our initial O2 coverage...we'll try to remedy that when we review the second bottle we got, O2-945 which is the high test version of the stuff. Hell, maybe we'll try all of the tapastini recipes together in one monster drink...sushi-caviar-jelly bean-tini anyone? Anyway, until that magical day, read on for our thoughts on our first bottle of O2.

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