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August 2016 - Best Buy Bar Competition

August 2016 - Best Buy Bar Competition
This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar Competition

Best Buy Bar Competition Reviews

Underground Herbal Spirit
94 points
$19.95
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Herb/Spice Liqueur
94 points $19.95 Best Buy
Green Mark Vodka
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Unflavored Vodka
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Melkior Honey Liqueur
93 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Forty Degrees Vodka
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Old Mexico Tequila Oro
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Platinum 7X Vodka
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Porter’s Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
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
Old Mexico Tequila Blanco
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Kid Curry Small Batch Vodka
87 points
$18.99
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
St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur
87 points
$20
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.
La Catrina Sangria
85 points
$11.99
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
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Sangria
85 points $11.99
Kirkland Signature Sangria
84 points
$6.99
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
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