Unusual Drinks (Part 3)

Some of the many, many bottles. Source: AlcoholReviews.com.

Some weeks back I made a decision: I would buy no new bottles of liquor for as long as possible. My reason was not anxiety about my weight or a sudden conversion to teetotalism. No, I had simply grown tired of looking at the dozens upon dozens of bottles lining the counter and cupboards of my man cave. Nearly all of which had arrived as samples sent by drinks companies and their public relations firms.

I had intended to clear them out by throwing a free booze party for friends: show up with a bag backpack, taste anything you want, and walk out. I did this once about 15 years ago in Brooklyn, and I’ll never forget hearing the clanking of bottles departing my railroad apartment and into the Brooklyn night. And what fun we had.

That  was in my younger freer days, and now busy-ness kept me from arranging a sequel saturnalia. Might I pour them down the drain? That would be the most efficient solution. Dumping the product of nature and man, however, felt like vandalism—a sin of sorts.

What to do? A passage from Fyodor Dostoevski’s The Insulted and Injured (1861) recurred to me. “We shall have to work out our future happiness somehow by suffering; pay for it somehow by fresh miseries. Everything is purified by suffering.” Continue reading “Unusual Drinks (Part 3)”


Svedka Vodka

Five times distilled — so it has to MAHVELOUS, right? Well, no.

Don’t get us wrong — SVEDKA is not a bad vodka. We got a fifth at a Washington, DC liquor store for about $21. We enjoyed it, but we were a little disappointed.

SVEDKA did not have any of the yummy vodka notes (think good potato vodka), nor was it uber clean (think KETEL ONE). It showed a mild mineral note, and perhaps a hint of citrus. (That’s good.) It also exhibited a slightly metallic flavor. (That’s bad.)

We tried to figure out what fermentables were used to produce this SVEDKA but the super slick http://www.Svedka.com/ provided no information. (Come on, guys, at least show us a photograph of the distillery!)

So, we deem SVEDKA passable and we’d even consider buying another bottle in a pinch. (Rating***)