August 2016 - Best Buy Bar Competition

This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar Competition
Best Buy Bar Competition Reviews
216033
Underground
Herbal Spirit
Opaque bronze black color. Aromas and flavors of anise cookie and honeyed raisin toast with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length orange pepper, saffron, and sassafras finish. A elegant, nicely styled herb spice liqueur.
94 points $19.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215992
Green Mark
Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread, fig Newton, and cucumber with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, breezy kiwi-papaya custard, rice candy, peppery spices, and minerals finish. A precise, flavorful vodka with nice texture and length.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216141
Melkior
Honey Liqueur
Hazy golden amber color. Earthy, sweet aromas and flavors of Manuka honeycomb, cashew fruit, nut buckwheat toast, and leather and chamomile tea with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, snappy caramel latte, hint of peppered melon rind, herbed prunes, and bee pollen and propolis finish. An interesting rustic honey herb liqueur for adventurous cocktails.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216076
Forty Degrees
Vodka
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust and dried fruit in a clay pot with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, layered, whole milk, nougat, spicy oatmeal raisin cookie, and rain water on pavement finish. A superb, remarkably clean and elegant vodka.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216017
Old Mexico
Tequila Oro
Pale straw yellow color. Grassy, fruity aromas and flavors of candied yams and figs, herbal honey, pickled nopales and peppers, and lipstick with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, caramel cream and powdered sugar finish. A smooth and easy tequila for margaritas or shots.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216049
Platinum
7X Vodka
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of herb toast, nutskin, and aloe leaf with a satiny, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, relaxed powdered sugar, sweet cream, nougat, and chalk finish. A creamy, delicately fruity and spicy vodka that will mix nicely.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215967
New Amsterdam
Vodka
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of peach bread pudding, nut brittle, and hint of latte with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length powdered sugar, fig bread, and lemon pepper finish. A delicate, evenly balanced vodka with wide appeal.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216032
Porter’s
Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon spiced apple, roasted cashews, apple pie crust, and horchata with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk cedar dust, pepper, and zucchini nut bread finish. A peppery cinnamon spice liqueur with a mellow flavor.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216188
Rancho Le Gloria
Margarita 100% Agave Wine Cocktail
Cloudy golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed limes and candied yams and apples with a supple, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length orange and pineapple sherbet finish. A very tasty margarita cocktail with nice fruity agave character.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216016
Old Mexico
Tequila Blanco
Clear color. Interesting, minty aromas and flavors of peppermint leaf, aloe, dried herbs and white pepper, and turmeric tea with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length melted chocolate mint ice cream, radish, and green peppercorn finish. A distinctive blanco with a fun spicy, minty character.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215712
Kid Curry
Small Batch Vodka
Bright clear color. Aromas of roasted grain and hint of white ash with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy creamy tapioca, spicy raisin scone, and almond flour finish. A spicy, all purpose vodka.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216015
St. Elder
Natural Elderflower Liqueur
Pale light straw color. Floral, earthy aromas and flavors of elderflower, nettles and leaves, and raisin stems with a lightly tannic, soft, moderately sweet light body and a tingling, peach tea and lychee finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215957
La Catrina
Sangria
Clear dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cherry jam and chocolate strawberry with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a breezy black raspberry puree, fruit punch, and hint of spice box finish. A fun, fruity, punch-like sangria for carefree sipping
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216551
Kirkland Signature
Sangria
Clear light ruby color. Unusual, umami aromas of over steamed rice, cherry pits, berry candle, and floral talc with a lean, shy, dryish thin body and a tingling, short balsa, berry water, and parchment finish.
84 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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