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Cachaca

Cachaca is a distilled liquor primarily made in Brazil. While cachaca, also referred to as "white rum," is often compared to rum, it is actually made from pure sugarcane, rather than molasses, which is used to make rum.
The History of Brazilian Cachaca

No one knows who developed cachaca or exactly where it comes from, but they do know its beginnings reside in Brazil's colonial period (around 1530). Legend has it someone discovered that by boiling the juice leftover from sugarcane, a sweet libation is created. Back then, cachaca was enjoyed most by peasants and slaves.

Tagged with the title "a poor man's drink," cachaca was actually given to slaves as a reward for a job well done. Now, however, Brazilian cachaca is widely enjoyed at home, abroad and among all social classes.



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Kefir

Kefir is a popular drink that is taking the world by storm. But what is kefir and what is it made of?

Popular in northern Europe, kefir is a fermented drink that is sometimes used in place of milk products in cereals, soups and other foods. In fact, kefir is the main ingredient in Lithuanian cold beet soup, or borscht, and the Russian summer soup known as okroshka. It is also used to make kefir cheese.














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Blind Tasting of COGNAC

First off, we have never understood a liquor that requires the drinker to acquire a taste for it.  You should never have to work hard at enjoying something.  Secondly, Hennessey is a vile liquid.  We simply cannot understand why people continue to pay $35 for a bottle of this stuff.  It has an overpowering sharp taste that burns your mouth and throat as it goes down.  Just think of everything a liquor should not be, and you have Hennessy in a nutshell.Courvoisier was the easy favorite of the group.  It has a lighter, smooth flavor and is considerably sweeter than Hennessy.  The BoozeBasher staff gives Busta Rhymes a gold star for picking Courvoisier to rap about, unlike a number of other artists who seem to enjoy the previously mentioned garbage.  Mixing Courvoisier with cola actually produced a pretty tasty drink, something I could see myself sipping on all night.  The final contender, Jacques Cardin, is a decent alternative if Courvoisier is unavailable and is still worlds better than Hennessy.




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Grain Alcohol : CLEAR SPRING

Clear Spring 190 is great for sterilizing medical equipment and sure makes an excellent cleaner for all types of heavy machinery.  I suppose that’s reason enough for most drinkers to avoid this stuff along with all other high-proof grain alcohols.  We here at BoozeBasher try not to turn our noses up at any kind of liquor, no matter how many “CAUTION – FLAMMABLE” warnings are plastered across the bottle.  It’s obvious to us that they use such warning tactics to keep away the weak-willed pseudo-drinkers.  We will have none of that.

 Clear Spring 190 is distilled and distributed by Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.  I couldn’t find any good information on Clear Spring 190 or the process they use in making it, but I do know that the distillation of all grain alcohols at such  a high proof supposedly removes all flavor, color, and odor.  That’s both exciting to the alcoholic and frightening to others.  In fact, some states have outlawed the sale of pure grain alcohols that do not possess a certain degree of color or flavor.  I suppose they do this to help “protect” people from overdoing it with grain alcohol.  Damn teetotalers.

 I’m not sure I would go so far as to call this stuff odorless.  It just smells like pure ethyl alcohol to me.  Though supposedly dangerous to do over extended periods of time, we the reviewers, bravely took half-shots of this stuff to come up with a shootabilty rating for our loyal readers.  How were the results?  Let’s just say that the taste was very potent and the burning sensation that followed was nowhere in the realm of pleasant.  Don’t ever shoot this stuff unless you plan on spitting fireballs with the freaks in the circus (I apologize if I offended any circus freaks or filthy carnies out there).

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How Liquors are Rated ?

Sipability:  This rating is just as it sounds.  How good does this liquor taste when sipped straight or on the rocks?  Sipability is ranked on an absolute scale.  The determination of whether or not to pour the drink over ice is determined by the most popular way to drink said liquor.  We feel it is important to have an absolute scale to help you decide what you could enjoy over the rocks after a long day at work or to start a serious night of drinking.


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