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January 2014 - Best Buy Bar

January 2014 - Best Buy Bar
This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar

Best Buy Bar Reviews

MARASKA Original Maraschino Liqueur
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2013 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Fruit Liqueur under $20
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Svedka Cherry Vodka
91 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2013 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Flavored Vodka under $20
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Kaniche Reserve Rum
90 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Cox & Row Vodka
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
D’Aristi Xtabentún Honey and Anise Liqueur
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2013 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Anise Liqueur under $20
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
Bacardi Select Rum
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
White Hat Premium Texas Rum
89 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Black Ram Whisky
88 points
$11
Best Buy
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
Svedka Orange Cream Pop Vodka
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Bacardi Gold Rum
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Svedka Colada Vodka
87 points
$16.99
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
Ron Carta Vieja Añejo Rum
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
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
American Plains Hand-Crafted Vodka
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Svedka Strawberry Colada Vodka
86 points
$16.99
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
Svedka Vanilla Vodka
86 points
$16.99
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
Bacardi Grand Melón Rum
86 points
$17.99
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.
Awards: 2013 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Flavored Rum under $20
86 points $17.99
Ron Caribe Blanco Rum
85 points
$12.99
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
McAdams Caramel Canadian Whisky
84 points
$9.99
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
Bacardi Limón Rum
84 points
$17.99
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
Bacardi OakHeart Spiced Rum
84 points
$19.99
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
Heritage Distilling Co. Triple Distilled Vodka
84 points
$20
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.
Ron Carta Vieja Extra Claro Rum
82 points
$6.99
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
Black Velvet Cinnamon Rush
80 points
$12.49
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
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