January 2014 - Best Buy Bar

This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar
Best Buy Bar Reviews
204993
Plantation
Original Dark Rum
Brilliant deep amber orange color. Aromas of spice cake, pecan roll, vanilla buttercream, blackstrap molasses, and caramelized fruits with a rich, silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, spicy eggnog and citrusy fruitcake flourish on the long finish.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205062
MARASKA
Original Maraschino Liqueur
Clear. Aromas of herbs, citrus pith, plum, pear blossoms, and cherry pits with a syrupy sweet medium body and a long, tangy, floral finish. A very interesting and highly mixable cocktail modifier.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204972
Svedka
Cherry Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of maraschino cherry and almond paste with a silky slick, off-dry medium body and a long, tingling white pepper, nougat, cherry cookie and sorbet accented finish. Nice pure and balanced maraschino cherry and vodka flavors that will mix very well.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205021
Kaniche
Reserve Rum
Deep amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of polished wood, pepper, herbs, and burnt sugar with a dryish medium body and a tobacco, mineral, vanilla milk, and singed toffee accented finish. A nice dry, well aged dark rum that will add complexity to cocktails.
90 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204911
Cox & Row
Vodka
Clear. Mild aromas suggest powdered sugar and stones with a silky soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a clean, creamy vanilla nuanced finish. Very clean and delicate.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205032
Kalani
Coconut Liqueur
Clear with a faint platinum straw green cast. Bright aromas of coconut custard and sorbet with a syrupy, sweet medium-full body and a long, robust toasted coconut and cream finish. Very attractive and pure coconut flavor that will mix brilliantly.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205033
Xtabentún
Liqueur
Pale emerald green color. Bright aroma and flavor of licorice with a syrupy sweet medium-to-full body and a long, pure anise and Good and Plenty candy finish. A great anise liqueur for sipping or mixing.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204870
Bacardi
Select Rum
Dark chestnut color with an olive cast. Aromas and flavors of polished wood, caramelized nuts, and pepper spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasantly warming baking spices, vanilla extract, and chocolate accented finish. Very tasty and nicely nuanced flavors for mixing.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204974
Svedka
Citron Vodka
Clear. Aromas of lemon zest, honey, and white pepper with a satiny, mildly sweet medium body and a creamy lemon custard, Lemonhead candy, straw, and wet stone accented finish. A rock solid lemon vodka for sipping or mixing; try in a hot toddy.
89 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205000
White Hat
Premium Texas Rum
Clear. Attractive aromas of coconut cream pie and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nut, whipped cream, straw mat, and delicate pepper finish. Very tasty, elegant, and balanced.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204040
Black Ram
Whisky
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of grain, heather, and orange zest with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, bread and citrus jam accented finish.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204910
Svedka
Orange Cream Pop Vodka
Clear. Aromas of orange sorbet and whipped cream with a glycerous moderately sweet medium body and a pleasant dreamsicle, cane syrup, and tingling pepper finish. A solid candied vodka for mixing.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204973
Svedka
Clementine Vodka
Clear. Aromas of clementine sorbet with a whiff of white pepper like vapor. Silky and off-dry with a medium body and a tangy orange rice candy, sugar cane syrup, and tingling pepper finish. Solid flavor for mixing.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204869
Bacardi
Gold Rum
Golden color. Aromas of polished wood, fig, and burnt sugar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a spicy, herbal, caramel cream and pepper finish. Solid wood character.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204977
Svedka
Colada Vodka
Clear. Aromas of piña colada yogurt and pineapple lifesaver candy with a slick, off-dry light-to-medium body and a straw, white pepper, and chalk finish.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205014
Ron Carta Vieja
Añejo Rum
Aromas of caramelized nuts, peppercorn, and malt chocolate bar with a soft, dryish medium body and a delicate cane, powdered sugar, and earth accented finish. A nice understated rum for mixing.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204999
American Plains
Hand-Crafted Vodka
Clear. Faint aromas and flavors suggest strawberry milk with a slick dry-yet-fruity light-o-medium body and a creamy, mineral and hot pepper kissed finish. Interesting choice for fruity cocktails.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204978
Svedka
Strawberry Colada Vodka
Clear. Aromas of strawberry parfait, pound cake and honeydew melon candy. Slick and moderately sweet with a tangy, strawberry bubblegum and sorbet, whipped cream, and mineral finish.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204976
Svedka
Vanilla Vodka
Clear. Aromas and flavors of coconut cream and buttery caramel corn with a glycerous light-to-medium body and a buoyant vanilla fudge, nougat, and wet stone accented finish. Complex candied vanilla flavor for mixing.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204874
Bacardi
Grand Melón Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of honeydew melon and and pink pepper with a slick, fruit sweet medium body and a tangy honeyed kiwi and an ethanol snap. Solid melon flavor for mixing.
86 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205034
Ron Caribe
Blanco Rum
Clear. Fairly neutral on the nose with hints of whole pistachio, moss, and custard. Softly textured with a dryish, oily medium body an sweet cream, grassy earth, mint cookie, and gently peppery finish. A solid, understated mixing rum.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205029
McAdams
Caramel Canadian Whisky
Old gold color. Bright, buttery caramel corn and maple fudge aromas and flavors with a lightly syrupy sweet medium body and a mineral and pepper dust finish. A solid caramel flavor for mixing.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204975
Svedka
Raspberry Vodka
Clear. Aromas of raspberry yogurt and diet berry dreamsicle with a soft, mildly sweet generic berry, melted candle and tingling pepper finish. A bit uneven and artificial.
84 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204875
Bacardi
Limón Rum
Clear. Aromas and flavors of lime syrup with a supple fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a lightly tannin artificial sweetener, pepper, and lemon zest finish.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204872
Bacardi
OakHeart Spiced Rum
Amber. Aromas of dark toasted raisin nut bread, clay, faints spices and wet wood with a soft, mildly sweet light body and a brisk caramel taffy wrapper, balsa, and spiced baked apple accented finish.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205022
Heritage Distilling Co.
Triple Distilled Vodka
Clear. Raw aromas of rubbing alcohol, acetone, dried kiwi and pepper with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a wet stone, sweet cream and peppercorn finish. A bit rough on the nose, but cleans up nicely. Use in vodka tonics.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205013
Ron Carta Vieja
Extra Claro Rum
Clear. Aromas of fruitcake and vanilla milk custard with a soft, fruity-yet-dry light body and a dilute vanilla taffy wrapper accented finish. Pretty bland.
82 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205020
Black Velvet
Cinnamon Rush
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon red hot candy and Big Red gum with a sweet, slick medium-to-full body and a hot pepper finish. No whisky character at all.
80 points $12.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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