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December 2014 - South American Spirits, Grappa and Specialty Spirits

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

Schladerer Obstwasser
94 points
$39.99
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
La Trentina Morbida Grappa
94 points
$42
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.
Waqar Pisco
93 points
$36
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.
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Eaux-de-Vie Apricot
93 points
$45
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.
Mill Street Distillery Grappa
93 points
$54.25
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
Le Giare Gewürztraminer Grappa
93 points
$65
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.
Moletto Grappa di Moscato
92 points
$32.99
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
Le Diciotto Lune Stravecchia Grappa
92 points
$51
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.
Le Giare Amarone Grappa
91 points
$65
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.
Zhumir Aguardiente
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Tamborine Mountain Distillery Eaux-de-Vie Fraise
90 points
$45
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.
Marani Chacha Saperavi
89 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Quebranta
89 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Soul Premium Cachaça
89 points
$24.99
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
Pisco Capel Alto del Carmen
88 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Acholado
88 points
$20
Best Buy
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
H. Walker & Sons Peach Moonshine
88 points
$21.99
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
Pisco Capel Reservado
88 points
$21.99
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
Pisco Capel Premium
87 points
$16.99
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
H. Walker & Sons Srawberry-Rhubarb Moonshine
86 points
$21.99
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
Zhumir Reposado Aguardiente Reserva Especial
86 points
$26.99
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
3 Howls Blood Orange Flavored Vodka
85 points
$25
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.
H. Walker & Sons Moonshine
84 points
$21.99
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
Twin Peaks Distillery Kirschwasser
84 points
$25
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.
Mad River Distillers Maple Rum
84 points
$49.99
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
H. Walker & Sons Hot Cinnamon Moonshine
83 points
$21.99
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
Twin Peaks Distillery Pear Brandy
83 points
$25
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.
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