December 2015 - South American Spirits, Grappa & Specialty Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is South Americann Spirits, Grappa & Specialty Spirits Wines
South American Spirits, Grappa & Specialty Spirits Reviews
213077
Pisoni
Grappa Stravecchia
Clear gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins bread pudding, cinnamon and brown spices, suede, and spicy jasmine chai with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nougat, custard, and spiced fruits finish. A superbly flavorful and balanced grappa with an elegant style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213052
Breckenridge
Vodka
Clear color. Delicate, malty, clean aromas of sweet cream, stones, and granola with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length powdered sugar, horchata, nougat, and cucumber finish. A creamy, flavorful vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213041
Capucana
Handcrafted Cachaça
Bright golden straw color. Lively, earthy, creamy aromas of creamy nougat, creme brulee, cedar incense, and aloe with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long grass, sugar cane, peppercorns, and plantain custard finish. A delicate, nuanced aged cachaça.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213305
Amador Whiskey Co.
Double Barrel Bourbon
Brilliant dark amber color. Bright, nutty aromas of halva, cashew brittle, and dried apricot with a creamy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long spiced nuts, corn pudding, charcoal, and cherry cola and pepper dust finish. A rich, woody bourbon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213051
Breckenridge
Bourbon 3 Years Aged
Bright dark amber color. Bright, attractive, oaky aromas of caramelized roasted nuts, sandalwood, and brown spices with a body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long vanilla cola, dried fruits, sassafras, and pepper finish. A vibrant, sassy bourbon that will add spark and punch to cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213075
Bonollo
Grappa of Amarone Barrique
Clear bright golden amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of suede, dried stone fruits, chocolate nuts, and spicy rye bread and maple sap with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long vanilla cola, straw mat, mint cream, and limestone finish. A spicy, earthy, well aged grappa that will conclude a meal nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213210
Lovoka
Caramel Liqueur
Bright golden amber color. Attractive, buttery aromas of vanilla caramel fudge, toasted marshmallow, and spiced fruits and hazelnuts with a satiny, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long vanilla buttercream, delicate spices, and root beer finish. A super drinkable, very appealing caramel liqueur.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212044
Dry County Distillery
Black Rope Anise Spirit
Minutely hazy clear color. Rich, spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, banana nut muffin, and pepper with an even, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, carefree anise seed, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A pure, smooth, and balanced anise schnapps.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213288
Solbeso
"No. 1" Fresh Distilled Cacao
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, attractive aromas of sesame nougat, cashew butter, and white chocolate raisins with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, long warm milk and honey, toasted exotic nuts, crispy chicken skin, and barnyard hay finish. A delightful creamy eau-de-vie with lots of tropical cocktail affinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213166
American Born Moonshine
Original Moonshine
clear platinum blue color. Lively aromas of butter cooked grains and nutshells with an even, racy, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length corn pudding and candy, sugared berries, pepper, and grassy earth finish. A solid, moonshine with pleasing fire.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213074
Old Barrel
Vodka Aged in Cognac Oak Casks
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, roasted, oaky aromas of maple chocolate fudge, caramelized nuts, toasted meringue, and dried apples with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length bananas foster, tapioca, coconut meat, and cherry finish. A very tasty and well made oak-aged vodka that tastes like neither whisky nor vodka.
88 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213201
Dry County Distillery
Apple Pie Liqueur
Bright golden amber color. Rich, attractive, baked aromas of apple pie a la mode, horchata, coconut macaroon, and rice pudding with a supple, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long lemon pepper and minerals finish. A nice racy apple pie liqueur for the holidays and beyond.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213213
Screech
Original Rum
Bronze color. Rich, creamy, fruity roasted aromas of creme brulee, spiced bananas, and tobacco with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length whole nuts, whipped cream, pepper, and acetone finish. A creamy, spicy dark rum for hearty cocktails.
87 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213118
CanaRío
Cachaca
clear color. Delicate, cheesy, citrusy savory vegetal aromas of vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, dried cherries, cane stalk, and menthol mint with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sweet cream, rock candy, grass, and bamboo finish. A solid choice for caipirinhas and light rum cocktails.
87 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212979
Painted Stave Distilling
Harvest Grappa
Bright clear color. Lively, attractive, clean fruity inviting aromas of cracked pepper on watermelon rind, box of raisins, cedar plank, and rye flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long suede, cucumber juice, honey cream, and nut oil finish. A mild, mellow grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213078
Pisoni
Grappa Chardonnay
Bright clear color. Mild, earthy, floral oily vegetal aromas of dried grapes and peaches, oiled leather, pepper, and green peppercorn with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, crisp powdered honey, cream, chalk, and fuel-like minerals finish. A clean, well balanced grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213124
Santiago Queirolo
Pisco Quebranta
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, savory aromas of pickled green tomatoes, golden raisins, champagne vinaigrette, and dried banana and edamame with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length reduced orange, pickled melon rind and peppers, honey, and pepper finish. A fun, zesty, savory pisco with interesting salinity that will cover a lot of bases cocktail-wise.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213079
Pisoni
Grappa Limoncello
Cloudy straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd and honey with a soft, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a polished, relaxed lemon gelato and candy and pepper finish. A clean, spot on limoncello.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213214
Screech
Honey Rum
Bright gold color. Delicate, sweet aromas of honey lozenge, orange cream soda and cake, and spiced coconut and mangos with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy finish. finish. A nice orange spice rum for mixing.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213215
Screech
Spiced Rum
Bright gold color. Lively, confected aromas of warm vanilla pudding and banana cream pie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, quick powdered milk and whipped cream finish. A pleasant vanilla rum for mixing.
84 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212945
Cachaça 51
Cachaca 80 Proof
Clear color. Delicate, grassy, earthy oily aromas of cane, vanilla candle, plain yogurt, and roasted peppers with a supple, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long diesel, overripe papaya and coconut, banana leaf, and sugar cane syrup finish. A earthy base for caipirinhas.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213053
Breckenridge
Chili Chili Vodka
Straw color. Faint aromas of creme fraiche, warm cereal, stone, and smoked paprika with a supple, flat, bittersweet light body and a peppery, medium-length honeyed roasted hot peppers finish. A rather hot yet mild pepper vodka.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213211
Le Grand Saint
Rosé Sparkling Vodka
Pale brilliant pink color. Bright, curious, fruity medicinal aromas of cherry-berry cough drop, raspberry bubblegum, potpourri, and fruit punch with a glycerous, petillant, cloying light-to-medium body and a peppery, quirky, short pressed flavors, raspberry syrup, and mossy riverstones finish. An jumbled, cloying and peppery sparkling vodka.
81 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213212
Spirit of India
Feni
clear with a silver cast color. Bold, vaporous aromas of paint and turpentine, charred tropical pineapple, jackfruit, and durian, rubber sap and mothballs with a tannic, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a hot, medium-length Coleman’s’ fuel, rubber cement, scorched pineapple tin, and cashew fruit finish. A fiery and rustic spirit, similar to baijiu.
80 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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