August 2013 - Asian Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Asian Spirits
Asian Spirits Reviews
203050
Miyazaki Honten
Honkaku Mugi-Shochu "Kusu"
Clear color. Earthy aromas of kidd leather, flax, yeasty fruit pastry dough, and bison grass with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a soft, waxy rice paper and radish finish. Very clean and precisely etched flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202833
Vinn
Baijiu
Clear. Bold grainy aromas of raisin bran cereal, red licorice, and toasted nuts are reminiscent of white whisky with a silky dryish light-to-medium body and a nut oil, cayenne pepper, sweet cream, and birch bark accented finish with lingering warmth. A very clean, subtle, and highly mixable baijiu.
91 points $34.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202813
byejoe
red
Clear. Interesting aromas of marinated olives, cabbage and melon with a whiff of vanilla and pepper. Flavors follow suit on a lightly tannic, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a roasted pineapple, plum custard, bamboo and talc accented finish. Captures the wild and woolliness of baijiu with a savory, fruit-forward twist. This will be fun to mix with and creative adventurous cocktails.
90 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203051
Miyazaki Honten
Honkaku Kome-Shochu "Toki No Kokuin"
Faint silver straw green color. Aromas of yeasty fruit cake, powdered sugar, balsa, and pepper dust with a dry, silky light-to-medium body and a grain husk, whipped cream, anise, and nutshell finish. Not unlike a very light and mild aged Irish whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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