December 2014 - South American Spirits, Grappa and Specialty Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is South American Spirits, Grappa and Specialty Spirits
South American Spirits, Grappa and Specialty Spirits Reviews
208617
Schladerer
Obstwasser
Clear color. Delicate, attractive aromas and flavors of spiced pears and baked apple with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with accents of minerals and lemon pepper. A delicious and pure fruit eau-de-vie.
94 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208408
La Trentina
Morbida Grappa
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and apricot cookie with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long finish with suggestions of jasmine tea, honeyed nuts, bubblegum dust, and pink pepper with light oak. An amazingly vibrant and delicious grappa of the highest order.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207404
Waqar
Pisco
Clear color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeyed apricots, honeysuckle, orange marmalade, and mineral oil with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of earth and pepper. A lovely, well balanced with good intensity that will pop in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207157
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Eaux-de-Vie Apricot
Clear color. Lively aromas of apricot gelato and peach blossoms with a supple, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy violet gum, minerals, delicate pepper, and peach salt water taffy finish. A solid peach liqueur with a pretty floral character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208606
Mill Street Distillery
Grappa
Pale golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced candied oranges and nuts, cherry bonbon, and cola float with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with nuances of spicy panettone, cedar, cinnamon baklava, and pepper. A wonderful wood aged grappa.
93 points $54.25
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208407
Le Giare
Gewürztraminer Grappa
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of spice cake, fruit salad, suede, and peony with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of potpourri, cherry bubblegum, minerals, and cedar with light oak. A very tasty and stylish grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208514
Moletto
Grappa di Moscato
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of raisin bread, figs, and dusty nuts with a lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, long finish with elements of peppery spices, anise, mint, and potpourri. A delicious and vibrant grappa for all occasions.
92 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208405
Le Diciotto Lune
Stravecchia Grappa
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peach danish, chocolate creme brulee, sassafras, and cola with a bright, fruity sweet medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of delicate brown spices, nougat, and pepper with moderate oak. A smooth, creamy, very well aged grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208406
Le Giare
Amarone Grappa
Deep amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of toasty nut brittle, safflower date bread, and suede with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with notes of praline, dried peach, minerals, and bubblegum spice. A tasty well aged grappa for mellow sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208604
Zhumir
Aguardiente
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of banana leaf, banana chip, cane stalk, and copper pot with a silky, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of whipped cream, cane syrup, papaya, and minerals. A tasty, well made aguardiente that will mix brilliantly.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207156
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
Eaux-de-Vie Fraise
Clear color. Interesting aromas of strawberry yogurt and strawberry meringue pie with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, subtle, breezy fruit stripe gum, pepper, dried flowers, and earth finish. A nicely layered berry liqueur with interesting twists and turns.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208561
Marani
Chacha Saperavi
Clear color. Complex, spicy aromas of fruit cake, praline, and roasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy cream of wheat, malted vanilla honey milkshake, and papaya finish. A tasty, elegant grappa.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208613
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Quebranta
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, sour cream and onion potato chip, and French bread with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing notes of flower water, white chocolate orange, pepper, and minerals. A warming pisco for punches.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208720
Soul
Premium Cachaça
Clear color. Interesting, mild aromas and flavors of pistachio nougat, barnyard hay, and roasted agave with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, delightful, cheery finish with impressions of powdered sugar, coconut water, limestone, and clay pot. A solid, earthy cachaça for cream or hot cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208600
Pisco Capel
Alto del Carmen
Gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of honey cake, suede, papaya custard, and pepper dust with a soft, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish conveying overtones of praline, minerals, and white pepper with light oak. A nice, warming pisco.
88 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208612
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Acholado
Clear color. Lively aromas and flavors of apricot pastry, buttercream, cucumber salad, and celery salt on potato with a supple, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, breezy finish evoking touches of nougat, fig, and lemon pepper. A pleasant, easy drinking pisco that will be good in cocktails.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208047
H. Walker & Sons
Peach Moonshine
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach candy and bubblegum with a silky, bright, moderately sweet medium body and an even, relaxed dried peach, raisin, and honey finish. A nice fruity peach flavored spirit for cocktails.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208601
Pisco Capel
Reservado
Silvery straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of raisin scone, nougat, chocolate orange peels, and bbq potato chip with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long finish that exhibits elements of sweet cream, white blossoms, and vanilla nougat with light oak. A flavorful, elegantly styled pisco for sipping.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208599
Pisco Capel
Premium
Clear color. Delicate aromas of peach pastry and almond cookie with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, compelling, fig paste, dried citrus, pepper, and earth finish. A solid mixing pisco.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208048
H. Walker & Sons
Srawberry-Rhubarb Moonshine
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of strawberry milk and pineapple sorbet with a silky, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, easy finish with shades of pepper, tropical lifesaver candy, and wax candy. A pleasant, tropical strawberry treat.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208605
Zhumir
Reposado Aguardiente Reserva Especial
Copper color. Rich aromas of mocha, toffee, maple fudge, and chocolate peaches with a silky, shy, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, breezy cherry cola, spiced nuts, and mineral oil finish. A nicely aged aguardiente.
86 points $26.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208648
3 Howls
Blood Orange Flavored Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas of spicy orange cake, pink pepper, fruit stripe gum, and citrus oil cleanser with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, snappy orange pepper and Jell-O finish. A tasty orange treat for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208046
H. Walker & Sons
Moonshine
Clear color. Mild aromas of yeasty bread dough and straw with a glycerous, soft, sweet medium body and a hot, easy sugar cane, grassy earth, and simple syrup finish. A curiously sweet moonshine for cocktails.
84 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208602
Twin Peaks Distillery
Kirschwasser
Gold color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, roasted coffee beans, and grilled fruit with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, appealing, crisp finish with notes of dried cherry, mineral oil, and toast. An interesting, toasty spirit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208649
Mad River Distillers
Maple Rum
Amber color. Bold, oaky aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, worn rubber eraser, cigar box, and candle drippings with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of honey roasted nut, praline, birch beer, and pepper with woody tannins and heavy oak. A very oak driven spirit that will add depth to cocktails.
84 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208049
H. Walker & Sons
Hot Cinnamon Moonshine
Clear color. Bold aromas of cinnamon red hots candy with a soft, shy, off-dry light body and a peppery, cinnamon candy wrapper finish. An OK cinnamon shooter.
83 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208603
Twin Peaks Distillery
Pear Brandy
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried pear, yeasty raisin bread, and melted wax with a soft, shy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a prickly, brisk finish displaying shades of pepper oil, minerals, and raisin bran. An OK mixing eau-de-vie.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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