Monthly Archives: January 2010

Episode 8: Cynar

Products: Cynar (artichoke liqueur)
Alcohol Content: about 16.5% ABV
Location Purchased:
Price Paid: $20.99 plus shipping and handling

Cynar is like Malort Lite…it has an up-front sweetness that dissolves away within seconds, leaving behind a bitter, herby taste. Made from 13 ingredients, including artichokes, Cynar is definitely pretty strange-tasting, but way more palatable than Malort. It’s definitely kind of off-beat, but not as revolting as some of the other strange things we’ve tasted over the last few months.


Episode 7: Bakon Vodka (Part 1 of 2)

Products: Bakon (Bacon-flavored vodka)
Alcohol Content: about 40% ABV (80 proof)
Location Purchased:
Price Paid: $29.99 plus shipping and handling

In this episode, we test the age-old adage that everything is better when you add bacon. Will that conventional wisdom hold true for vodka and fruity cocktails? Let’s find out.

In summation: Bakon vodka is not for everyone. But if you are the sort of person who craves liquified meat (especially 80 proof liquid meat), then Bakon may just become your new drink of choice.

Coming soon: Bakon vodka part two. We’ll be whipping up three Bakon-infused cocktails, including a chocolate-bacon martini and a little number they call “The Elvis”.

Look what we got in the mail today!!!!!


And also, shirts.

Episode 6: Germana

Products: Germana (Cachaça from Brazil)
Alcohol Content: about 40% ABV
Location Purchased: The Celtic Whisky Shop, Dublin
Price Paid: 7 Euro.

Germana is a liquor made by distilling sugarcane broth. This is then aged in oak barrels for several years before being bottled in a special container that has been wrapped in banana leaves.

We should have known that we were embarking on a dangerous tasting when the bottle refused to open. We removed the cap and tried to pour the Germana into glasses. But lo and behold, when we tipped the bottle upside down, NO LIQUID CAME OUT. Upon further investigation, we discovered that there was an internal stopper inside the neck of the bottle that was preventing the liquor from being released. Looking back, we see that the stopper was there to keep us from drinking this foul little beverage. But, fools were are, we ignored the warning that the bottle itself gave us, and forged ahead on our deranged quest to drink the foulest drinks the world has to offer.

When we finally got the bottle open, we were assaulted by the strangest aroma we’d yet encountered. It smelled like walking past a nail salon in a run-down shopping complex. It smelled of nail polish, nail polish remover, and pulverized human fingernails. But the worst was yet to come.

Drinking Germana was like being attacked by an alley cat. The taste was sharp, and made our mouths and throats feel like they were either on fire or being scratched out. And the taste only gets worse with each additional sip.

Also, our cat Wiley makes a special guest appearance.


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