Ivanabitch Tobacco Vodka
70 Proof (35% Alcohol)
For a little while now, I've talked about some of the crazy flavored vodkas and liqueurs that have been coming out and I've reviewed a few (primarily Smirnoff). But nothing, and I mean nothing, has even come close to this: TOBACCO VODKA.
That's right. Let that sink in.
Tobacco... Flavored... Vodka.
Boom! That's the sound of your mind being blown. Boom! There it goes again.
Jacob's Creek Red Wine Blend
South Eastern Australia
So, this is the second wine from Jacob's Creek that I have officially reviewed, but I'm certain I've tasted a couple others over the last two years since I reviewed their Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.
Mama Walker's Glazed Donut
35% Alcohol (70 Proof).
Awhile back, we reviewed Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur, a surprisingly realistic tasting, crazy liqueur from our friends at Hiram Walker. Well, here again, we have another one. This time it's Mama Walker's Glazed Donut Liqueur.
Marlborough, New Zealand
I'm not sure about where you guys are, but here the weather is starting to cool down. And for some people, that means drinking less white wine and breaking out more of the dark reds. I can see how that may seem to fit since heavier food is more fitting for cold weather, but unfortunately you'd be missing out on some great white wines!
Like this one, the 2012 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc...
Mama Walker's Maple Bacon
35% Alcohol (70 Proof)
So I've had this bottle for awhile now. Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur. It's a 70 Proof liqueur from Hiram Walker's new breakfast-themed Mama Walker line of drinks.
What's that you say? Breakfast themed booze?
Why yes, my friends. Yes, indeed. Prepare to have your boozy brains blown!
Now if you've looked around my silly website for any time at all, you probably noticed I've reviewed quite a bit of Hiram Walker liqueurs. And needless to say, they continue to be an amazing bang-for-the-buck, with cheap prices and impressively balanced flavors. But now, Hiram Walker has twerked the crazy train and come out with three breakfast themed flavors: Maple Bacon, Blueberry Pancake, and Glazed Donut. I'm going to review all three in due time, but for now, we're looking at the most obviously ridiculous flavor, the Maple Bacon.
Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur is following on the trend of the ongoing bacon fetishism. Bacon has gone from a basic staple food to a cult-like object, to the now prevalent bacon fetishism that seems to have entered into everything. First there was bacon, then bacon salt, then bacon vodka, then everything from bacon flavored chapstick to bacon scented bodywash. Now don't get me wrong, I love bacon. I frequently even make my own dry-cured hardwood smoked bacon, which I cure, smoke, slice, and vacuum seal myself from start to finish. But seriously, it may have gone a bit over the top now. I'm surprised Miley Cyrus hasn't twerked on some bacon yet. (Oh, it's coming!) Perhaps I'm just jealous that my beloved bacon has become so mainstream and exploited, making me a sad little man... But, I digress...
Mama Walker's Maple Bacon Liqueur pours crystal clear. Incredibly, it smells like someone has been cooking up pancakes, slathering them with maple syrup, and is now cooking a side of bacon. The scent is not only impressively strong, but impressively realistic. I'm not sure how they made it without making it smell artificial, but they did. Upon tasting straight at room temperature, you immediately get an upfront maple-y sweetness that's a lot like Ms. Buttersworth's, followed by a good dose of hickory smoke flavor. These two flavors mingle as you swallow, and last for a few seconds in the aftertaste, with no discernible alcohol flavor. Just maple-y goodness and smoke. The texture of the liqueur is a bit thicker than something like vodka, which adds an interesting dimension.
All in all, a lot like eating breakfast... if your breakfast consists of throwing bacon and Ms. Buttersworth's into a blender with some vodka. But seriously, this stuff is interesting and has impressively realistic flavors.
As far as cocktails go, over the past few months I have tried mixing this with Coca Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, Sour Mix, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Lemonade, Limeade, White Whiskey, Scotch, and mixed into a Bloody Mary like the recipe on the back of the bottle suggests. And guess what? Far and above, I'd rather have this served straight on the rocks or as a shot rather than anything else, which may actually be the first time I've ever recommended something as a shot here on Bob's Brew and Liquor Reviews. But hey, it happens.
Stay tuned for reviews of Mama Walker's Blueberry Pancake and Glazed Donut liqueurs.
Go check out other Hiram Walker drinks I've reviewed HERE.
Drink This: if you want to try having your breakfast in booze format. But seriously, it's cheap and surprisingly realistic.
Don't Drink This: if you don't like sweet drinks.
Cheers, my friends!
Please drink responsibly.
Exclusiv Rosé Vodka
Raspberry Vodka with Rosé Moscato Wine
32% Alcohol (64 Proof)
Exclusiv Rosé Vodka is something I've been meaning to review for awhile. I've gotten a bit behind on my reviews, but hey, life happens. What can you do, ya' know?
Smirnoff Blueberry & Lemonade
"Premium Malt Mixed Drink"
With all the malt liquor drinks out these days, I haven't a clue in what makes the majority of them "premium." My guess is that premium is a word that means, well, nothing. But, it does make it sound a bit fancier. So hey, I'm going to start saying that Bob's Brew and Liquor Reviews is a Premium Alcohol Review Website.
Now I'm fancy.
This time, I'm reviewing Smirnoff's new Blueberry & Lemonade malt liquor "mixed drink."
Joose Más Mango
And here we are again. This time it's a review of Joose Más Mango!
Sounds exciting... almost.
I've actually been pretty sick off and on over the past few weeks, hence the very few beverage reviews lately. But now, I'm feeling better and my old tastebuds and sniffer seem to have returned to normal.
Personalized Flasks from
I don't review a whole lot of flasks. Okay, I've never formally reviewed a flask. I typically only review the tasty juice that goes in them. But when PersonalizedFlask.net got a hold of me, I knew it would be a good change of pace here at Bob's Brew and Liquor Reviews...
New Amsterdam Gin
40% Alcohol (80 Proof)
With a name like New Amsterdam, I thought this gin would be produced on the East Coast near the New World Dutch settlements. But alas, 'tis not the case. Today's review is of a gin produced in Modesto, California. Shocker.
Beviamo Pink Moscato
I'm still on the never ending quest to find drinks my wife will enjoy. In the meantime, I get to review all sorts of random stuff I buy, thinking she'll like it, only to end up with a mostly full bottle that I'm left drinking by myself. She'll still drink Coca Cola mixed with Disaronno, but that's about the only thing she'll have consistently.
So, here's a review of the Beviamo Pink Moscato!
Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum
50.5% Alcohol (101 Proof)
Following in the footsteps of my last review (Shellback Spiced Rum), here we have another spiced rum... Admiral Nelson's!
Shellback Spiced Rum
40% Alcohol (80 Proof)
I found this spiced rum at the liquor store the other day and thought I would give it a shot. Why the heck not?! I haven't reviewed a whole lot of rum, but Shellback may be the start of a new trend.
Layer Cake Garnacha
Pure Love Wines
I've been meaning to review this wine for awhile, but as luck would have it, LIFE HAPPENS. People get busy. Time slips away. But low and behold, I finally have a minute to write up a formal review for the 2010 Layer Cake Garnacha.
If you've read through some of my wine reviews, you'll no doubt notice I've reviewed a lot of Layer Cake wines. In fact, this is the last varietal of theirs I have to review. I've even reviewed a couple different vintages of a few of theirs. And ya' know what? I have yet to be disappointed by any of their wines, especially for being wines under $20. Click HERE to check out all the Layer Cake wines I've reviewed, there are some great ones. Trust me.
So, this is the 2010 Layer Cake Garnacha made in Calatayud, which is in central Spain. It pours a deep, almost bloody, ruby red color which is gorgeous. Aromas are of red raspberries and a non-distinct earthiness. Tasting brings a lush bouquet of more red raspberries, craisins, dark roasted coffee, toasty oak and smoked alder wood, with a smooth moderately tannic finish.
This wine is another example of the Layer Cake brand sourcing amazing products. This is a wonderful wine and very befitting of red meat. I had a couple glasses with a thick, juicy grilled ribeye. Perfect pairing.
Drink This: if you want a great red wine that matches well with red meat. Another great Layer Cake wine.
Don't Drink This: if you want what I consider to be Layer Cake's best wine, their amazing Malbec...
Cheers, my friends!
Newcastle Winter IPA
English India Pale Ale
5.2% Alcohol (ABV)
It's officially 2013 and officially freaking cold! I don't know about you guys, but it has been cold here, as in ungodly cold. Like -5 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit, with windchills down to -20 degrees.
Now that's hardcore.
And what better to hit the spot when the weather gets crazy cold than... a Winter India Pale Ale. The Newcastle Winter IPA to be precise.