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December 2012 - Eau-de-Vie & Specialty Spirits

December 2012 - Eau-de-Vie & Specialty Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Eau-de-Vie & Specialty Spirits

Eau-de-Vie & Specialty Spirits Reviews

Monte Sabotino Gran Riserva Superiore Grappa Stravecchia
97 points
$89.99
Bright golden color. Rich aromas of pickling spices, toffee, pistachio nougat, and ginger, dried fruits with a plush, fruity medium-full body and a long, layered finish with notes of creme brulee, praline cookie, sweet spices, orange tea, and honeyed fruitcake. Absolutely delicious.
97 points $89.99
Fazenda Mãe de Ouro Cachaça
94 points
Clear with a nickel straw cast. Aromas and flavors of fresh meringue, plantain skin, Brazil nuts, straw mat, and earthy cane stalk with a silky dryish medium body and coconut water, dried tropical fruit, peppery spice, soil and banana leaf accented finish. Great purity and sense of place. The perfect cachaça for elegant and innovative cocktails.
Seco Herrerano Varela Hermanos
94 points
$14.99
Clear. Rather neutral aromas of powdered milk, banana bread, and coconut with a soft, off-dry medium body and a very clean, vanilla cream and powdered sugar accented finish. A great, highly refined aguardiente that tastes like a very fine white rum.
94 points $14.99
KAPPA Pisco
94 points
$34
Clear. Floral spiced plum, soufflé, and pink peppercorn aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a lively mineral, orange blossom water and pepper finish. Very stylish and vibrant; will be great in cocktails.
Bauzá Pisco Reservado
93 points
$30
Pale straw color. Intriguing aromas of chili pepper bbq rub, grilled pears and apples, nougat and spicy carrot cake with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nutmeg laced egg nog and custard spice cake finish. A delicious after dinner style sipper or novel cocktail choice.
Gabriello Santoni Grappa Brunello
93 points
$34.99
Clear. Aromas of creamy nougat and banana cream pie with a hint of saddle soap and suede. Supple with a fruity medium-to-full body and a vibrant peppery spice, mineral, sandalwood, melon gelato, and dried fruit chutney finish. A powerful digestif with tons of complex flavor.
93 points $34.99
Espiritu de Elqui Pisco Reservado
93 points
$35
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of honeycomb, dried peach, and toasty nut brittle with a very soft dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a floral, creamy, nectarine gelato, orange blossom water, chalk, and pink peppercorn finish. Very graceful oak aged pisco.
Barsol Supermo Mosto Verde Italia Pisco
93 points
$39.99
Clear. Intriguing aromas of banana, dried peach, salted nuts, and spiced plums with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, elegant potpourri, apricot, pear, spice and mineral finish. Excellent balance and nuanced flavor.
93 points $39.99
Monte Sabotino Gran Riserva Superiore Grappa Barricata
93 points
$59.99
Golden yellow color. Subtle aromas of creme brulee, panettone, and spicy praline with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful spice, toffee, cola, sandalwood and mineral accented finish. Lovely balance and style.
93 points $59.99
Barsol Selecto Italia Pisco
92 points
$34.99
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of spiced prunes, peppercorn, dried flowers, and honeycomb with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, layered finish with stone fruits, pepper, spice, bubblegum dust, and grassy earth. Will be great in cocktails.
92 points $34.99
Le Opere Grappa Di Prosecco Monovitigno
92 points
$39.99
Clear. Aromas and flavors of spicy poached figs, peaches and pears and peppercorn with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy, creamy, mineral accented finish. Well balanced, flavorful, and very approachable.
92 points $39.99
Bauzá Pisco Reservado Aniversario
90 points
$39
Golden amber color. Oak lead aromas of creme brulee, dried peach and pear, praline and brown spices with a very soft and creamy dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, citrus zest pepper, and banana pudding accented finish. Very attractive and almost whisky-like in its character and sipping appeal.
Cachaça Samanaú Prata Cachaça
89 points
$25
Clear with a nickel cast. Aromas of toasted meringue, brown sugar, straw, and raisin soda bread with a supple, dryish medium body and a peppery, herb, cinnamon bark, mace, and mineral accented finish. Stylish with pleasant layers of flavor.
Barsol Selecto Acholado Pisco
89 points
$29.99
Clear. Attractive aromas of floral scented candle and oil and spicy peach preserves with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively and tannic mineral, whole nut, and pepper finish.
89 points $29.99
Gabriello Santoni Grappa di Nobile
89 points
$29.99
Clear. Interesting aromas of marinated cucumbers, raisin-apricot compote, olive skin and leather with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, seamless sweet cream, granola, bran, and tropical fruit gum accented finish. Vibrant and delicious grappa for all applications.
89 points $29.99
Gabriello Santoni Grappa di Chianti
89 points
$29.99
Clear. Distinctive aromas of sweet and savory fruit and vegetable (broccoli, zucchini) chutneys and relishes with a silky, fruity medium body and a papaya-mango sorbet, peppery spice, and chalk accented finish. Lots of complex fruit and vegetal character.
89 points $29.99
Cachaça Samanaú Ouro Cachaça
89 points
$30
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon flan, dried fruit, and suede with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warm creamy fig, graphite, cedar and pink peppercorn accented finish. A nicely aged cachaça for cocktails.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Grappa Della Nonna
89 points
$45
Clear. Aromas of panettone, fig paste, and delicate baking spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively pepper, mineral and dried fruit nuanced finish. A solid after-dinner grappa or try in cocktails.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery St Michaels Wort Herbal Eau de Vie
89 points
$50
Clear. Fresh herb patch, mint, cola, and fruit cake aromas and flavor with an off-dry medium body and a lightly medicinal Ricola lozenge and menthol accented finish. Distinctive and chartreuse like.
Berneroy Fine Calvados
88 points
$19.90
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of baked apple and citrus and nuts with a buoyant dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grassy, peppery earth and mineral finish. A solid calvados for mixing.
88 points $19.90
Alma De Bohemio Honey Rum
88 points
$19.99
Amber color. Richly dimensional Manuka honeycomb and bison grass aromas and flavors with a silky, moderately sweet medium body and a gentle delicate brown spice and nut accented finish. A nice digestif-like liqueur.
88 points $19.99
Ole Smoky Original Moonshine
88 points
$25.99
Clear. Aromas of dusty corn meal, hominy, and polenta with a supple, dryish medium-to-full and an corn oil and syrup and pepper finish. A solid moonshine for cocktails.
88 points $25.99
Le Opere Grappa Riserva Number 18
88 points
$39.99
Pale golden color. Aromas of zucchini-date bread, coconut cream, and tropical fruit chutney with a silky, fruity medium body and a sweet creamy finish with hints of macadamia chip cookie, raisin bran, pudding and pepper. A lively digestif.
88 points $39.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Aquavit
88 points
$45
Clear. Intriguing cologne-like aromas suggest root beer float, almond torte, and honeyed rye toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cola, Beemans gum, and pepper accented finish. Fun, flavorful and will mix brilliantly.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Sugar Cane Spirit
88 points
$50
Clear. Aromas and flavors of fresh meringue, banana leaf, and coconut water with a silky, off-dry medium body and warming cane stalk, wet stone and peppery spice finish. A rather cachaça-like sugar cane spirit.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Eaux de Vie de Pomme
88 points
$55
Clear. Aromas of spiced green apple, waxy honeycomb and dried mint leaf with a soft dryish medium body and a mineral, pepper and cream accented finish. Nice intensity of spicy apple flavor will work well in cocktails.
Bauzá Pisco Reservado Crystal
87 points
$25
Aromas of pistachio gelato and peach creme brulee with a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mocha creme Anglaise, dried fruit, and pepper finish. Different and highly mixable.
Fidelitas Kirschwasser
87 points
$26.99
Clear. Aromas of dried sour cherries and a bit of earth with a satiny dryish medium body and an oily, cherry stone, mineral and birch bark accented finish. A nice dry styled cherry eau-de-vie.
87 points $26.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Apricot Schnapps
87 points
$45
Aromas of apricot Jell-O, watermelon sorbet, and cream pie with a silky, fruity light-o-medium body and a lively spicy apricot pit and river stone accented finish. Tasty and dainty apricot flavor for sipping or mixing.
Barsol Primero Quebranta Pisco
86 points
$24.99
Clear. Aromas of glued wood and dusty raisins with round, dryish medium body and a chalk, banana leaf, twig, coconut water, honeycomb and pepper accented finish. A rustic, earthy pisco of crafty pisco sours.
86 points $24.99
Le Opere Grappa Di Barolo
86 points
$39.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of dried fruits, nougat, pepper and cream with a round, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toffee, raisin scone, herb and peppery spice accented finish. A pleasant all purpose grappa.
86 points $39.99
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Peach Schnapps
86 points
$45
Clear. Intriguingly complex aromas of zucchini bread, peach sorbet, dried fruits, nut brittle, sassafras and herbs with a supple, dryish medium body and a peach pit, pear skin, dried flower, and citrus oil accented finish. Interesting; try in artisan cocktails.
Di Fresca Vinaccia Veneta Grappa
85 points
$19.99
Clear. Aromas of dried fruits, spices, praline, and suede with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warm peppery, golden raisin scone, sweet whipped cream, and mineral finish.
85 points $19.99
Hidden Marsh Distillery Judds Wreckin Ball Corn Whiskey
85 points
$27.99
Wood toned aromas of salty roasted whole nuts and corn and lumberyard with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a and a mild nutshell, powdered sugar, and grain husk finish.
85 points $27.99
Whistling Andy HOPSHNOP
84 points
$38
Clear. Aromas of dusty grain flour, honeyed fruitcake, waxy honeycomb and dough oregano herb bread with a soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a mild dried hop, talc and cinnamon raisin toast accented finish.
Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine
83 points
$25.99
Pretty amber copper color. Aromas of doughy unbaked apple pie, gym bag, saffron, sage, and salty roasted nuts with a supple fruity medium body and a brisk spicy apple pie filling finish.
83 points $25.99
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