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Mud Puddle – The Spirit of Chocolate

April 16, 2010 by  
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Mud Puddle, by New Deal Distillery, has a fairly strong aroma of cocoa with a hint of cherry that sometimes seems to accompany the darkest of chocolates. There’s no sweetness to the nose. Just the flavors of bittersweet cocoa and fruit.

Dripping Springs Vodka

March 31, 2010 by  
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Dripping Springs Vodka doesn’t have too much of a nose, but has a fairly heavy mouth feel, and feels viscous and almost oily. The taste is rather smooth, with some slight bitter aftertaste, but more pronounced tastes of salt and sweet.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

March 30, 2010 by  
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Tito’s is made at the oldest distillery in Texas (dating from way back in 1997). It’s got a slight earthy nose and more than a little earthy and mineral taste. That’s not much of a surprise given the hard water in Texas that makes up 60% of the bottle.

Portland 88 Vodka

March 28, 2010 by  
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I’m not a real fan of this one. It’s a bit hot and a tad harsh, but for an extra proof vodka, I suppose that is to be expected. This is obviously meant for mixing where some of that nose and heat will be mellowed. Or for folks who are there for the proof alone. $19.95 […]

New Deal Vodka

March 28, 2010 by  
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New Deal Vodka, by New Deal Distillery, has an almost oily and full feel, with herbal or some other vegetable essence, showing that it wasn’t so over-distilled to become a bland, weaker Everclear, like some poorer vodkas. It does have a strong alcohol nose, so I’d not favor it in a vodka martini. But, it should […]

Shanghai Lemon Drop

March 12, 2010 by  
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In addition to lemon, and of course lemon drops, I’ve become more or less an addict of ginger, of late. I’ve made my own ginger-infused/flavored/call-it-what-you-will vodka for some time. But of late my concoction seems too sweet, and I have been preferring the sharper bite of Yazi Ginger Vodka.

A Classic Lemon Drop

March 3, 2010 by  
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While walking through Portland today, I suddenly felt little raindrops tickling my lips. “Naughty raindrops,” I thought as I licked them away, “it’s about time I replaced you with a classic lemon drop.”

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