The 10-Tini Is A Honeybox Assassin [DRINKS OF THE WEEK]

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Packaging is often what urges consumers to buy a particular liquor brand. Whether it be the labeling, the name, or even the bottle itself.  This week we’re taking a close look at three intriguing brands, one with a subdued old school look named Spicebox Whisky, another that is designed to exude class and refinement called Rebecca Creek Whiskey, and finally a vodka called Clear10 which screams BUY ME! Make sure to check out our full reviews, opinions, and thirst quenching drink recipes below… cheers!

Rebecca Creek Whiskey

Oak barrel aged in San Antonio, TX, Rebecca Creek Whiskey is made with a rare blend of corn, wheat, rye, malted barley, new make spirit, and natural limestone filtered water from the Texas Hill Country. Rebecca Creek hit the market back in October of 2011, this past week we finally got our opportunity to put this exciting whiskey to the test!

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: N/A
Flavors: Rye, caramel, and vanilla
TasteA- (Excellent)
Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: A- (Excellent)
Price$30 – $35 USD (750 ml)

Overall: We give Rebecca Creek Whiskey an A- (Highly Recommended). This Texas jem is crazy smooth! One of our favorite whiskeys to-date. Personally I think it’s best served 50/50 mixed with cola, and chalk full of ice! If you fancy yourself a whiskey fanatic and you haven’t yet pursue what’s being called Texas’s finest whiskey, we urge you to get off your butt and give it a whirl already. You can thank us later!

MIX IT UP WITH“Texas Assassian”

Ingredients:  1/2 oz Rebecca Creek, 1/3 oz Tequila,  1/3 oz mint schnapps, 3 oz chilled cola (pepsi, coke, etc…)

Directions:  Pour Rebecca Creek, tequila and peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, fill with chilled Coca-cola, and serve.

Clear10 Vodka

Using water sourced from a natural alluvial aquifer, Clear10 Vodka is hand-crafted locally in Olathe, Kansas in small batches and slow-filtered an incredible 10 times! This meticulous process is said to allow it’s distillers to create the most luxurious vodka in the world, free of additives. The brains behind this operation… three Midwest friends who decided local grains and naturally-filtered water were the perfect recipe. Their background in farming, mixology, chemistry and 50 combined years consuming quality (and not so quality) vodka has provided them with an extremely fastidious palate and a knack for crafting amazing vodka.

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: Unaged
Flavors: Neutral
Taste: A- (Excellent)
Mix-abilityA- (Excellent)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price$23.99 USD (750ml) 

Overall: We give Clear10 VodkaA- (Highly Recommended). This vodka is simply incredible for mixing and down right smooth. It’s important to point out that several members of our tasting panel even preferred Clear10 straight-up as a sipper! Vodka isn’t typically the liquor of choice for sipping, but Clear10’s extensive distillation, filtration process and all natural ingredients make for a pleasing drink, straight or mixed!

MIX IT UP WITH: “10-tini”

Ingredients: 1 oz. Clear10 Vodka, 1 oz. Grand Marnier, 1 oz. Cranberry Juice, 1 Lemon Twist

Directions: Twist lemon in a chilled martini glass. Drop lemon twist into glass. Combine CLEAR10, Grand Marnier and cranberry juice in ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into large martini glass.

Spicebox Whisky

Inspired by an enterprising Canadian who shipped contraband cargo to the U.S. in wooden barrels marked “spices” during the prohibition era, Spicebox Whisky was actually developed and brought to market by Master Blender Michel Marcil using a blend of 3, 4, 5 and 6 year old Canadian Whiskies, distilled in Alberta Canada.  To start, the distillers extract the essence of the aroma and flavor through a process called “cold extraction” and then infuse them into distilled rye whisky. The end product is truly Canadian and absolutely unique!

Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Age: Blended
Flavors: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper
Taste: B+  (Very Good)
Mix-ability: B+ (Very Good)
Buzz Factor: B+ (Very Good)
Price$16 – $20 USD (750ml)

Overall: We give Spicebox WhiskyB+ (Highly Recommended). This whisky is remarkably sweet, and 100% delicious! We enjoyed Spicebox both mixed and on the rocks. It makes for a great sipper over ice on a hot day and mixes nicely with both cola and ginger ale. This is not your typical whisky, it’s Canadian and spiced which makes it totally unique and if you’re given the chance to get your hands on a bottle, we suggest you don’t pass up the opportunity!

MIX IT UP WITH: “Honey Box”

Ingredients: 1 oz Spicebox, 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz Honey syrup, Sparkling wine.

Directions: In a mixing glass combine Spicebox, lime, honey and ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with lime wheel.

Next week: Bushmills Irish Honey | St. Claire Vodka | Crown Royal Reserve

Josh is COED Magazine’s resident testing and review specialist, with a keen eye for all things tech, booze, and sports related. When he’s not contributing for COED his latest work can be found over at BeSportier.com. To have your products tested, reviewed, and featured on COED shoot Josh a quick Email. You can also follow Josh on Twitter – @JoshHerder

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