December 2013 - Grappa, South American & Specialty Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is Grappa and Specialty Spirits
Grappa, South American & Specialty Spirits Reviews
202309
Sagatiba
Velha Cachaça
Pale golden silver color. Robust aromas of caramel soufflé, dried fruity, praline and leather with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus custard, grass, mineral and pepper finish. Excellent complexity and vibrancy that will mix brilliantly in cocktails.
94 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202308
Sagatiba
Pura Cachaça
Clear. Bold earthy aromas of wet straw, bamboo, geranium talc, and beeswax candle with faint fuel like minerality. Silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla cream, banana leaf, and wet stone finish. A great combination of earthiness and elegance that will create distinctive cocktails.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204723
Silver Lightning
Moonshine
Clear. Robust kettlecorn, corn bread in the skillet, dried pear, and pepper aromas with a supple, off-dry medium-to-full body and grainy corn meal, sugar cane syrup, and white pepper finish. Remarkably smooth at proof and opens up with a splash of water, which reveals more fruit and nut brittle notes. Nicely done.
90 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204886
Control C
Pisco
Clear. Aromas of dried stone fruits, sweet cream, dried herbs, and exotic peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an ironed linen, white pepper, limestone, and tea kettle like twang on the finish with lingering warmth. An interesting blend of fruitiness and rusticity that should pop well in cocktails.
88 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203139
Sơn Tinh
Nếp Phú Lộc Premium Liquor
Clear. Very mild nose with a hint of green pear and rice candy. Soft and delicate on the palate with a silky, dryish light body and a balsa, powdered sugar, and tapioca accented finish with noticeable peppery warmth. Rather like a more robust shochu.
86 points $8.20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204588
Gran Sierpe
Pisco Acholado
Clear. Pleasant aromas and flavors of dried apricots and pears, nuts, and suede with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a vibrant delicately spicy finish with a hint of vaporous heat. Nice fruitiness and vibrancy that will stand out well in cocktails.
86 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204553
TY KU
Soju
Clear. Mild aromas suggest brewer’s yeast, wet rice paper, and and salt water taffy with a very soft, light body and a sweet cream, peppered jicama and river water finish. Very underpowered, even for the category.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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