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  • Navigating the Cocktail Menu at OutbackNavigating the Cocktail Menu at Outback
    How does one manage the modern-day cocktail menu? We ventured into a popular chain restaurant to check things out. This is how the "pros" look at - and taste! - a cocktail menu… this time at Outback Steakhouse.
  • BS Gorelli No. 1 Brandy: It's Own Intense ClassBS Gorelli No. 1 Brandy: It's Own Intense Class
    The Republic of Georgia is located in Eurasia east of the Black Sea and just south of Russia. More importantly, it has millennia of wine production behind it.
  • Drinkable: Why The New AppDrinkable: Why The New App
    Drinkable is a new mobile application in the iTunes market (Android very soon) and is produced by S2 IT who partnered with us for the data. They're very good at this stuff, having already proven their chops with Beer Buddy, the world's greatest beer app.
  • Dehner Havana Judge Cinnamon Rum: Taking the Fireball Head OnDehner Havana Judge Cinnamon Rum: Taking the Fireball Head On
    Bottom Line Right at the Top We find that Dehner Cinnamon rum is an exceptionally pure form of sweetened rum… a "baker’s shot" is the best description we had. It’s highest and best use was mixed about 3 parts to 1 in RumChata or other cream liqueurs… a delicious adornment to sweet cream.
  • Industry news: August, 2014Industry news: August, 2014
    And some headlines that caught our fancy It's that time of year!!!! Bourbon nerds can rev up their engines because Buffalo Trace has released this year's Antique Collection of bourbon, which includes George T Stagg, William Larue Weller, Thomas Handy, Eagle 17yr, and Sazerac 18yr. These are some of the most decorated and definitely the most sought-after whiskeys in the American whiskey market.
  • River Pilot Vodka and River Baron Spirit: Adventures from IowaRiver Pilot Vodka and River Baron Spirit: Adventures from Iowa
    Bottom Line Right at the Top We find the River Pilot vodka a very nice vodka, particularly in certain settings. One isn’t overly enthusiastic about the vodka but it carries its head high in a number of different settings.
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What is Proof66?

At some point in everyone's life — usually in the middle of doing a shot — you realize that this isn't such a good idea anymore;that you'd rather drink fine cocktails instead of shoot bad liquor. As you grimace and shiver while swallowing that fateful shot, you vow never to buy swill off the bottom shelf ever again.

Then you go to the liquor store and are confronted with many linear feet of different bottles. How do you choose? By price? By fanciness of bottle? By what the rappers are drinking in their videos?

Proof66 is the answer. We're a service that aggregates public liquor ratings and reviews from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Beverage Testing Institute, and Wine Enthusiasts Magazine. Each of these services are independent, use blind taste tests, and between them have at some time or other rated the vast majority of liquors out there. Then, we take all those scores and - with a little Princeton-trained statistical magic - mix 'em all up and give you a final combined score for easy ranking. We now have over 7,000 spirits listed on the website. We research these spirits giving you the story behind the spirit, what distinguishes it, who might enjoy it, and what to do with it once you’ve got it. Some of the highest-rated spirits in the world can be found for only $40. Proof66 helps you find those spirits.

We also give you a chance to add your own thoughts. The combined user reviews become the "Rabble Score" or, if you will, the score of the "common man." This gives you a nice balance between what the snobby critics think and what the people on the street think.

Powerful search tools and thousands of ratings give you what you need to make smarter choices with your liquor… you don’t have to drink swill ever again! Drinking liquor is like listening to music on your iPod: each liquor bottle is like a good song mingling in different playlists. At Proof66, you have the chance to make multiple "playlists" of liquor bottles: use them to track your inventory, make a shopping list, and more! If you're looking for microdistilleries or single malts or homegrown liquors or exotic liqueurs, our goal is to provide you with the very best possible roadmap for tasting and finding good liquor no matter what your tastes.

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