We've waxed poetic before about Nolet's Dry gin, the new botanical spirit from the family that brings you Ketel One vodka, so we can probably just cut to the chase - it's good, and you should buy it if you have even the slightest taste for gin. It has a mild and floral scent, reminiscent of roses and lavender, berries and pitted fruits, with a hint of juniper. When we tasted it we were struck by the smooth flavor, the long finish, and the delicate warmth.
This floral and fruit-forward gin is bottled at 47.6 % Alc./Vol. (95.2 Proof) and expresses the essence of three coveted ingredients: Turkish rose, white peach and raspberry.
Nolet Silver is a nice alternative for folks who like a certain Scottish gin, and want to expand their horizons. It's not cheap, weighing in somewhere in the neighborhood of $50, but it's worth the money if you're looking to put that little something special in a cocktail.
We were sent some excellent recipes to use Nolet's in along with the sample bottle provided to us by their representatives, and we wanted to share those with you as well...they call for some exotic ingredients but offer substitutions if you can't get your hands on them. Find the recipes after the jump.
Last October we made a sojourn out to Las Vegas to cover the release of Harlem Liqueur, and while we were there we were treated to a few sips (ok, more than a few...you got us) of Nolet's Silver Dry Gin. It was love at first taste, and ever since we've been burning incense and chanting to the spirit world hoping to get a crack at a review bottle. That day has finally arrived, and we'll do our best to post the review sometime before the next presidential election (at the rate we're going lately anyway).
Learn more at NoletsGin.com. We shamelessly stole the above image from Thirsty in LA - he was with us in Vegas when we first tried the stuff so see what he has to say about it.
Today we discovered our favorite new show. It's called Workaholics, it's on Comedy Central, and it's the exact goddamn show we would have written if we were funny, talented, or the least bit driven to succeed. Instead, we watched 6 episodes back to back on Hulu when we were supposed to be finishing a project. This little bit wasn't in any of the episodes we saw, but we figured it fit better with the theme of our site than the concept of "third love."*
It's only a promo-type-thing but hey it's three dudes doing kegstands at work - how can you go wrong with that? Check out other clips at Comedy Central.
We like to think of Whiskypedia as a Wikipedia for whisky, but with way less useless facts. Not that we mind learning about how the plumed whistling duck crops vegetation instead of diving, or where the World Snail Racing Championships were held. We'd just much rather learn about whisky.
...the heart of these entries lies in the "historical notes" and "curiosities," where the author's research and enthusiasm are clearly evident. Buyers and collectors will find the list of "expressions" (commonly available bottlings) useful, while many users will jump straight to the informed, richly descriptive tasting notes (Dalmore smells "rich and sherried, with sweet malt, fruit cake, orange peel and marzipan.")
For those of you who haven't heard of whiskey stones, they're basically rocks you can keep in your freezer and toss into your drinks to chill them without watering them down. Might seem a bit weird, but we've seen people do a lot stranger stuff with booze.
If you don't like the idea of dropping the igneous in your drink, perhaps a stone shot glass will serve you better? Just toss it in the freezer for four hours before you plan to drink and voila...and as a point of interest these are made right here in Vermont, not too far from Liquor Snob headquarters.
If you've been living under a rock for the last year or so, you probably haven't heard of Four Loko. Known in these offices as canned blackout, the high-octane (caffeine and alcohol) beverage was pulled off store shelves in 2010. The brand is accused of targeting underage drinkers with soda-like flavors, and linked to a surge in date rapes because of such. In the wake of the furor, the company's fratty founders have kept their heads downs, but that didn't stop folks from teeing off on them and their brand:
"If you set out to engineer a booze delivery system that is as cloying, deceptive and divorced from the usual smells, tastes and presentation of alcohol as possible, you'd be hard pressed to come up with something more impressive than Four Loko," wrote former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni in the midst of the flap last fall. "It's a malt liquor in confectionary drag...Four Loko cans--I paid $3.50 apiece for mine--are something to see, each sporting a few ultrabright, childlike hues in a kind of rippling weave that evokes a camouflage pattern. Fatigues like these are what an army of Teletubbies would wear into battle."
Ahoy faithful readers (if there are any left) - you might have noticed we haven't been posting much. After over five years of writing about booze pretty much every damned day, we sort of came to the conclusion that maybe we were over it. Not the drinking, of course...never the drinking. But, after a nice little unintentional break we're back and more excited than ever, and what better way to jump back into the fray than with a story about beer for your royal johnson?
And by that we mean Royal Virility beer, Brew Dog's contribution to the royal wedding everyone's constantly nattering about nowadays. And they didn't make any old beer - they made one to make sure the Prince's Willy keeps a stiff upper lip on the wedding night, with a "7.5% ABV India Pale Ale...infused with natural aphrodisiacs like herbal viagra, chocolate, and Goat Weed." Hell yes, but if you want it you'll have to act fast - they're only making 1,000 bottles and they'll go quick even at $17 a pop.
National Vodka is a premium wheat vodka imported from Russia, and we've gotten our hands on five bottles - one of each of their flavors. The vodkas are distilled five times, and they've been making the stuff since 1903 so we have to figure they know what they're doing. The flavors we received were Original (we suppose that's just "vodka" flavored), Citrus, Cranberry, Horseradish and Pepparo (hot pepper), and each bottle is set to retail for under $15 so the price is right.
We're looking forward to tasting and reviewing all of the flavors, but the Horseradish and Pepparo have us the most intrigued...both have visions of Bloody Marys dancing through our heads. We'll get the reviews up ASAP, and make sure to head over to My National Vodka to learn more about the brand.
Wouldn't an entire year's supply of beer for only six dollars be amazing? Let's sit and drool thinking about that. Aaaaand, scene.
While actual beer for that low a price might be a pipe dream, you can get a year's subscription to Beer Connoisseur Magazine for only $6 right now. That's four issues about the proof God loves us and wants us to be happy, at a buck fifty each. Get on it, but get on it fast, because the deal runs out in about 5 hours.