Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vodka, Vodka everywhere but which one should you drink?

Something odd happened about five years ago. Major liquor companies decided to crank out new flavored vodkas, new infused vodkas, newly renamed vodkas and new colored vodkas, all with a total disregard to one simple rule:

“If it ain't broke don't fix it.”

Within this current 'Vodka Boom' some excellent small batch spirits did emerge, causing the giants of the vodka industry to rethink, re-market their products. Giants like Absolut, Ketel One, and SKYY - that once ruled the bars and livers of the drinking public were now feeling the ever increasing sting from the 'new kids' of the industry.

One of the newest players to the game is Exclusiv Vodca. This noteworthy vodka is fresh from fertile fields of old Mother Russia (more accurately Moldova, near The Back Sea.) and stays true to the classic Eastern European distillation process. Longtime vodka drinkers will recognize the flavor profile of this enjoyable spirit. On the first sip you'll encounter a slight hint of pepper, a familiar base of snow whipped winter wheat and the presence of anise.

Exclusiv's next tribute to the 'Russian Process' is its scent. If the word 'Crisp' could be defined by smell, it would be the aroma from three fingers of Exclusiv in a rocks glass.

Distilled to the point of flawlessness, Exclusiv is a welcome addition to any home bar or cocktail lounge. Even though Exclusiv was made to enhance ingredient rich cocktails much like the ones found on their site, it works well in simple drinks like a vodka tonic or a screwdriver.

If you're in the mood to drink a quality Eastern European vodka buy a bottle or three of Exclusiv for your next party. Depending on where you buy it in NYC, a liter of Exclusiv vodka should cost 20 dollars.

Lastly, I ask that you drink it responsibility. No need to ruin New Year's by doing something stupid like driving or letting someone else drive under the influence. Get in cab! Collect car keys at the door or find a place to crash. Whatever you do, DON'T get behind the wheel drunk.

Till next we drink-

“I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody.”
M*A*S*H - (1972 -1982)
Hawkeye Pierce played by the legendary American actor Alan Alda (born January 28, 1936).

Monday, October 25, 2010

5 years ago I wrote my 1st liquor review.

Can somebody contact Condoleezza Rice? Alert the press, and call the President. I've found a Weapon of Mass Destruction and it’s called Lichido liqueur.

I am a drinker and proud of it. I’ve tasted everything from Johnnie Walker Blue to my Uncle Plug’s moonshine to Zima. (Yes, kids it's true I have an Uncle named Plug, it's a country thing... but I digress.)

Out of a long list of liver killing liquors there are two spirits that I will never drink again. The first is Goldschl├Ąger, a clear cinnamon liqueur with tiny flakes of real gold, (ICK!) and the second it...Lichido.

Lichido is a sick mix of aged cognac, premium vodka, lychees, guavas and white peach juice. It contains 18% alcohol which doesn’t help this stuff taste any better. Lichido has a slick and sexy pink shimmer that will fool you into thinking it's delicious but the combination of Lychee & Guava make it undrinkable.

If you’re not familiar with Asian fruits don’t worry I’ve got you covered.
  • Lychee (or Litchi) is a member of the soapberry family and is native to South China. It has the look and feel of a strawberry on steroids.
I’m sure we all know what a guava is but just in case.
  • Guava is a small edible fruit that can be found in Southeast Asia, Africa and Northern South America. If you bred a peach with a pear you'd get a Guava

The other flavors in this liqueur are tasty by themselves. Aged cognac has a wonderful aroma and a taste to die for. Vodka is great no matter how you try it and I love peaches. Seriously, I could eat a peach for hours. But when you toss in Lychee and Guava you arrive at Stinkville quicker than a NBC can shut down a Tom Arnold sit-com.

From what I’ve been told this ‘liqueur’ is suppose to give Hpnotiq (When did good spelling become a marketing taboo?) a run for its money. I tried both of them over a weekend and Hpnotiq won hands down. I mixed, poured, shook, stirred and tasted Hpnotiq and Lichido drinks until my arms ached and my liver gurgled.

Basically, Lichido has an over powering taste that makes it difficult to work with. When I made their version of a Red Lotus (Lichido, vodka and cranberry) I found myself reaching for the cranberry just to even out the horrid aftertaste. I wouldn’t recommend it straight either. I poured some for a few friends at a dinner party and they thought I was giving them Kool Aide from Jamestown.

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews but in this case I have to. The only positive thing I can say is Lichido comes in a sexy bottle “I dream of Jeanie” and will great in any liquor cabinet. Lichido doesn’t taste great, it smells horrid and it doesn’t play well with others (liquors or mixers). I can't recommend it but I will say this...it got me to try and even appreciate something I thought I would never drink, Hpnotiq.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New York City Comic Con 2010

The Green Hornet Movie in 3 frigging d hits theaters in January of 2011.

This girls comes out her top sooner...I hope.

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