2010 has been quite a geeky year for me though not all highlights have been really high tech.
First item on the list is a SodaStream. My parents had one of these when I was a child and we used to get our sugar rushes from cola and lemonades. However, after a trip to Outi & Rob’s this summer I decided it would be great to have soda on tap.
They have spring water coming out of their ears almost and I thought it would be ideal to be able to supplement other liquid intake with soda – I’m not a big fan of natural water.
This has been some year for music for me. It all started with the discovery of the Reckless Love. They are a glam rock band that sound as if they are stuck in 1989 – but they are absolutely fantastic at what they do. Normally bands sound like one band that they are trying to “copy” – Reckless Love sound like many: Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue, Dokken – you name it!!
Killepitsch German Herbal Liqueur 84 Proof (42% ABV)
We’ve said more than once on this site that Jagermeister is the liqueur of choice around the office. We love the dark color, badass reputaiton and grimace-inducing flavor, plus the fact that it gives us a completely different kind of buzz than any other booze is a selling point as well. We’ve never reviewed Jager on this site, mostly because once we start drinking it we don’t stop, and it’s tough to write a review while blacked out. We recently got our hands on a bottle of Killepitsch, a similar herbal liqueur made in Dusseldorf, Germany, that was touted as giving Jager a run for its money. We were skeptical, but we were ready to give it a try.
The Color: The color was dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tint, and it left a syrupy coating on the glass.
The Nose: The label says Killepitsch contains 90 fruits, berries and herbs, and we would say that sounds about right. When we smelled it, it was complex and strong, with a heavy tinge of anise, giving it a licorice smell. We also detected a lot of gentian, the stuff that gives Angostura bitters and Moxie soda their taste. A mixture of Moxie, bitters and Jager? We must’ve died and gone to drunk heaven.
The Taste: Thick and syrupy, this stuff was sweet up front with a bitter, dry aftertaste. Licorice, anise, gentian, mint, root beer, Moxie – there were so many flavors, it was almost overwhelming, but the Jager comparison definitely fit. Overall, Killepitsch seemed sweeter and thicker than Jager, but both had the same aggressive, take no prisoners flavor, if that makes any sense. Someone who drinks Jager a lot will be able to tell the difference, but the typical drinker won’t – and if you hate the nectar that is the ‘Meister, you’ll hate this stuff too.
The Recipes: We liked it on the rocks, but it seemed like a pretty damned good substitute in a Jager Bomb, if you’re in a pinch or just want to try something new.
The Verdict: Definitely in the running to enter our regular rotation, this stuff was like a doppleganger of Jager (that’s a little shout-out to all you D&D players in the house). We liked this one a lot, especially chilled or on the rocks. Plus, it’s stronger than Jager (84 proof, as compared to 70), so the blackouts will come even more quickly!
So I gave in and got my friend to get me an iPad on his travels. I know I was pondering this for quite a while even blogging about it last week. Last weekend I was wandering through the shops and had a little play with the Galaxy Tab. It was nice looking, but it just didn’t have the “wow” factor that the iPad has IMHO. So I relented and bought one. Continue reading iPad – so I’ve caved in but I’m not regretting it for a second