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December 2015 - South American Spirits, Grappa & Specialty Spirits

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

Pisoni Grappa Stravecchia
93 points
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.
Capucana Handcrafted Cachaça
93 points
$36
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.
Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel Bourbon
93 points
$40
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.
Breckenridge Bourbon 3 Years Aged
93 points
$44
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.
Bonollo Grappa of Amarone Barrique
93 points
$70
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.
Lovoka Caramel Liqueur
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Dry County Distillery Black Rope Anise Spirit
92 points
$25
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.
Solbeso "No. 1" Fresh Distilled Cacao
90 points
$40
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.
American Born Moonshine Original Moonshine
88 points
$21.99
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
Old Barrel Vodka Aged in Cognac Oak Casks
88 points
$21.99
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
Dry County Distillery Apple Pie Liqueur
88 points
$25
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.
Screech Original Rum
87 points
$17.99
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
CanaRío Cachaca
87 points
$21.99
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
Painted Stave Distilling Harvest Grappa
87 points
$25
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.
Pisoni Grappa Chardonnay
86 points
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.
Santiago Queirolo Pisco Quebranta
86 points
$24.99
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
Pisoni Grappa Limoncello
85 points
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.
Screech Honey Rum
84 points
$17.99
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
Screech Spiced Rum
84 points
$17.99
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
Cachaça 51 Cachaca 80 Proof
83 points
$19.99
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
Breckenridge Chili Chili Vodka
83 points
$28
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.
Le Grand Saint Rosé Sparkling Vodka
81 points
$29.99
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
Spirit of India Feni
80 points
$25.99
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
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