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Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire

15 Mar

Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire

 

Oh man. I have to say, I am pretty happy with what just went in my mouth. There is the slight hint of Jack Daniels that keeps it from tasting like a drinkable Big Red. Not that I am against that, as stated in my previous cinnamon death match. I like spicy cinnamon but the taste of something else gives this a little more depth than you you expect. I won’t say they go hand in hand, but they do work together. I rate it a CHUG, especially if you’re a fan of that specific Jack Daniels flavor. 70 Proof

Joose Deathmatch

4 Feb

Joose

 

I’m sure the last time you walked into a gas station you thought “Gee, what is up with these new 90’s tattoo looking Four Loko ripoffs? I mean, how is any self respecting hobo supposed to choose from all four choices? Who can solve this conundrum?!” That’s where I come in, your black night in a vagabond shopping cart. I bought all four flavors at my local gas station and tried them just for you!

Pretty self explanatory, I tried each one and rated it. I also included bonus ratings from a secondary source who is also an idiot.

Peach Margarita – Margarita? No. Peach? Yes. The peach is strong with this, which is yummy but very sweet and one note. Might be good mixed with tea.

Hurricane – Ew. Like watered down gummy bears. Offensively unflavorful.

Spicy Mango Margarita – Fruity but not as overwhelming or sweet as Peach. Very slight spicy kick at the end. Has a bit of complexity to drink a whole can easily.

Screwdriver – More citrusy than orangey, but well balance. Bit of tartness from the citrus which helps make is interesting.

My personal ranking is Spicy Mango, Screwdriver, Peach, then Hurricane.

My room mate preferred Peach, Screwdriver, Hurricane, then Spicy Mango. He thought the Peach’s flavor was good enough to make it drinkable but wasn’t a fan of the Spicy Mango so it may be a love it or hate it type deal.

So, go out and try these. As long as you don’t try the Hurricane.

Crown Royal Regal Apple

26 Nov

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This post stared as most of my posts do, all thanks to the grumpy ABC lady. She often probes my weakness for booze by offering whatever new mini bottles they have at the moment. I realistically did not hold great hope for an apple flavored whiskey.

It turns out my fears were unfounded. The initial hit of slightly sour apple flavoring really mingles well with the whiskey finish. The caramel and vanilla notes really play well with the apple and while the apple is very overwhelming and artificial it somehow works if you like that sort of apple flavor. I can’t help thinking this would work really well with a cinnamon chaser or mixed into apple cider? Either way it is perfect for this season and I rate it a decided CHUG!

Paddy Bee Sting / Paddy Devil’s Apple

26 Mar

Paddy Whiskey

These products are my first press samples. How exciting! I’m not quite sure if this is a good development or bad. Free booze is always fun, but doesn’t it taste just a little sweeter? In any case, I would’ve been ecstatic about both of these even if I had shelled out my own hard earned cash. They are both scrumptious and dangerously delicious. And can I say, I LOVE the bottles? Old-timey chic is a thing, right?

Paddy Bee Sting (70prf) – This is my favorite but in that very slight way you might favor one of your children over the other. It is deliciously honey flavored without being fake or overly sweet. The whiskey is there too, don’t you worry. Dear Jack Daniels, this is honey whiskey done right.

Paddy Devil’s Apple (70prf) – Devil’s Apple has a spicy, cider-esque flavor that is pure fall and America. There’s enough whiskey to flavor, but not overpower. I love this shit.

Both of these are some of my favorite new drinks I’ve tried recently. If you are looking for some new whiskey inspired drinks, I give these two cheers. And say CHUG!

This product was a free press sample. This does not in any way affect my review of this product. If you would like to see your liquor reviewed by this blog email me at liquorlunch@gmail.com

Pinnacle Salted Caramel

19 Feb

Salted Caramel Pinnacle

I have pretty warm feelings about this vodka. It’s got tons of caramel flavor without being too sweet and syrupy, but also has a pronounced burn. It almost feels like I’m drinking a coffee flavoring that will get me deliciously drunk. As a matter of fact, if you slip this in your coffee I won’t judge.

It’s New Years [ed. note: well, it was] and something has to get you through that bubbling hangover brought on by cheap carbonated wine. Also I am declaring today National Mimosa Day due to the hoards of discounted “champagne” being offered at your local grocer. Someone send the memo to Obama.

Pinnacle Cake / Cinnamon Roll Cinnabon / Peachberry Cobbler / Pecan Pie

12 Feb

4 Pinnacle Mini

My local alphabet store is generally pretty disappointing in the mini bottle selections. Occasionally a new one I actually want will straggle though, but for the most part it’s random hobo brands I’ve never heard of. This time was a Festivus Miracle. Pinnacle has a holiday pack of 8 (non-repeating) mini bottles for only $6!!! The lady at the counter may or may not have thrown in a free Pinnacle Cinnabon mini with my order. It was one of the best values sets I’ve seen and a god send for a poor blogger attempting to keep both her semi-sobriety and bank account intact through the holidays. So you get a string of Pinnacle reviews in the upcoming weeks.

Cake – This stuff definitely tastes of vanilla. And it’s sweet. Other than that, I’m not sure I could distinguish this from say a marshmallow flavored vodka. Or a cotton candy vodka. It’s not too harsh, and it should be an easy hit with lovers of the OG Pinnacle Whipped. This one gets a CHUG on flavor alone, though for my money I’d probably prefer to tough it out with vanilla Burnett’s instead.

Cinnabon – The problem I’ve noticed with baked goods flavored vodkas is that it is hard to nail all the different flavors involved with them. Take a chocolate chip cookie. You need the buttery vanilla of the cookie and the semi-sweet chocolate of the cips. Even one of those factors is hard to nail but throw in two and the game is over. I have to say that this cinnamon vodka could easily have strayed into either vanilla overload or just another cinnamon shot but surprisingly it managed a pretty good and true to life mix of the two. I think it’s safe to say I could have guessed what flavor this was without being told and it’s surprisingly addictive to boot. It is sweet enough without being cloyingly so and makes you immediately wish for another. Pinnacle hit a homerun with this one so it goes without saying it get a CHUG!

Peachberry Cobbler – I hadn’t heard of this particular Pinnacle offering. It’s not too surprising since I’ve never heard peachberry cobbler to begin with. I didn’t have too high a hope for this vodka but I was pleasantly surprised. The peachy berriness is pretty good and though I wouldn’t go so far as to claim cobblerness, it is tasty. It’s not my favorite ever, but it is drinkable and maybe some people will really like this. I just wouldn’t buy a whole bottle. CHUG!

Pecan Pie (snippet of original review that can be read HERE) – I think this vodka is drinkable, and even likeable. But it does not taste like pecan pie. This tasted like goddamn Frangelico. That’s not a bad thing, but pecan pie it ain’t. It’ll get a CHUG from me, but barely.