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January 2015 - Best Buy Bar Competition

January 2015 - Best Buy Bar Competition
This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar Competition

Best Buy Bar Competition Reviews

broVo Jammy Red Vermouth
96 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Vermouth under $20
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
St Petersburg Vodka
94 points
$18.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Unflavored Vodka under $20
94 points $18.99 Best Buy
broVo Pink Rosé Vermouth
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Stiletto Vodka
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
The Real McCoy Aged 3 Years Rum
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value White Rum under $20
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
EPIC Classic Vodka
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Unflavored Vodka under $15
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
New Amsterdam Coconut Vodka
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Flavored Vodka under $15
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
London Vodka
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
LEAF Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Samogon Grappa
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Grappa under $20
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
LEAF Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Rain Cucumber Vodka
89 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Flavored Vodka under $20
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin
88 points
$12
Best Buy
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
The Original BJ Hooker’s Handmade Premium Vodka
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
SKYY Vodka
88 points
$18.49
Best Buy
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
New Amsterdam Peach Vodka
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Well No. 1876 Vodka
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Seagram’s Twisted Lime Gin
85 points
$12
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value US Fruit Flavored Gin under $15
Seagram’s Twisted Peach Gin
84 points
$12
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.
New Amsterdam Citron Vodka
84 points
$13.99
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
Seagram’s Twisted Melon Gin
82 points
$12
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.
Seagram’s Twisted Red Berry Gin
80 points
$12
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.
Seagram’s Twisted Pineapple Gin
80 points
$12
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.
New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka
80 points
$13.99
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
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