January 2015 - Best Buy Bar Competition

This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar Competition
Best Buy Bar Competition Reviews
209482
broVo
Jammy Red Vermouth
Dark garnet color. Bold, floral, herbal aromas of menthol mint, pine sap, eucalyptus, grilled grapefruit, and stewed wild berries with a supple, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, long candied jasmine, candied orange peels, ginger mint gum, and peppery Asian spices finish with silky tannins. A fantastic roller coaster of forest and Asian spice flavors for adventurous cocktails.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208867
St Petersburg
Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas and flavors of nougat, dried berries, pepper, and toasted grain with a glycerous, dryish medium body and a warming, compelling, long finish revealing touches of beeswax, limestone, and peppery spices. An elegant vodka that will shine in cocktails.
94 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209483
broVo
Pink Rosé Vermouth
Amber salmon copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pink peppercorns, cherry cola, pomegranate chutney, and grassy herbs with a body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of nougat, apple buttered toast, spicy cranberry-orange relish, and sandalwood with crunchy tannins. A zesty, vibrant vermouth that will elevate cocktails and try in sangria too.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208972
Stiletto
Vodka
Clear color. Vibrant, interesting, mild, faint aromas and flavors of whole nuts, powdered sugar, and porcelain with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, long finish with notes of sweet cream, candied citrus peels, delicate pepper, and minerals. A stylish, nuanced, and balanced vodka for all applications.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208827
The Real McCoy
Aged 3 Years Rum
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut flesh, whipped cream, pepper, and copper with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length finish with notes of nougat, vanilla, and limestone. A delicious, well-made white rum with lots of complexity and character.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208882
EPIC
Classic Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of coconut cream and fruit caramel with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of honeyed granola, chalk, cream, and sugared figs. A very smooth and effortless vodka that is sure to please.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208818
New Amsterdam
Coconut Vodka
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of cream of coconut, coconut blossoms, and dried pineapple with a silky, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk finish with nuances of coconut oil, white pepper, dried mango and papaya, and wet stone. A fine coconut vodka.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208971
London
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas of anise cookie and frosted cake with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-long dried fruits, pink pepper, and minerals finish. A zesty, versatile vodka.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208871
LEAF
Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
Clear color. Faint aromas and flavors of dried fruit and cream with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of rice candy, delicate peppery spices, minerals, and powdered sugar. A lively and very clean vodka for martinis.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208973
Samogon
Grappa
Clear color. Vibrant, interesting aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, tropical fruit custard, and honeyed nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying accents of vanilla nougat, exotic peppercorns, powdered sugar, and fuel-like minerals. A rather exotic and flavor-packed spirit that will make for intriguing cocktails.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208872
LEAF
Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of anise, dried citrus, and fig bread with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of porcelain, pepper dust, faint sweet spices, and chalk. A vivacious and flavor nuanced vodka that is sure to please.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208881
Rain
Cucumber Vodka
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of fresh sliced cucumber and green tomato with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish manifesting notes of sugared apple, honeyed pear, and minerals. A very nice cucumber vodka that is sure to please in a cocktail or on its own.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208843
Seagram’s
Extra Dry Gin
Clear color. Bright aromas of nougat, fruit custard pastry, juniper, and sweet cream with a body and a warming, medium-long pine sap, juniper jelly, pepper, and spring mineral water finish. A fun, flavor packed gin.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208705
The Original BJ Hooker’s
Handmade Premium Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of granola, butter pecan ice cream, and cherry salt water taffy with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with overtones of nutskin and wax candy. A solid vodka that will pop in cocktails.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209094
SKYY
Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas and flavors of yogurt nuts and raisin scone with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of mineral water, dried fruits, and delicate peppery spices. A rock solid vodka that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $18.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208821
New Amsterdam
Peach Vodka
Clear color. Delicate aromas and flavors of ripe peach skin, tapioca, and parsley with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish manifesting notes of peach blossoms, mineral, white peach wax candy, and pepper. A very nice peach vodka that will shine in cocktails.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208873
Well No. 1876
Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas and flavors of limestone, faint bbq potato chip, and raisin scone with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy finish with notes of waxy candy and faint baking spices. A well made delicate vodka.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208844
Seagram’s
Twisted Lime Gin
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of key lime pie with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree finish displaying overtones of meringue, lime Jell-O, and delicate herb bread. A fun, zesty lime flavored gin that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208848
Seagram’s
Twisted Peach Gin
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach skin and peach sorbet with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and an engaging, breezy finish with suggestions of minerals, pepper, and bubblegum. A fun peach flavored spirit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208819
New Amsterdam
Citron Vodka
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of lemon drop and lemon scone with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, crisp finish evoking suggestions of pepper and mineral oil. A nice dry lemon vodka with a good kick.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208846
Seagram’s
Twisted Melon Gin
Clear color. Bright aromas of honeydew melon rind, wax candy, and cucumber peel with a supple, shy, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk pepper spice, fruit stripe gum wrapper, mint whip cream, and soapy finish. A pleasant melon flavored spirit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208847
Seagram’s
Twisted Red Berry Gin
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry powdered drink mix and cherry cough drop with a lightly tannic, shy, fruity thin body and a warming, brisk waxy gum wrapper, pepper, and diet berry water finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208845
Seagram’s
Twisted Pineapple Gin
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of canned pineapple slices and tropical lifesavers with a supple, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish evoking accents of pineapple wax candy and chalk. A pleasant pineapple spirit for mixing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208820
New Amsterdam
Red Berry Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas and flavors of powdered berry drink, cherry cough drop, and chocolate blueberry with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy finish imparting notes of powdered sugar, saccharine, and pepper. A serviceable mixing vodka.
80 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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