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December 2017 - New Release Spirits

December 2017 - New Release Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is New Release Spirits

New Release Spirits Reviews

Kirkland Signature Irish Cream Liqueur
94 points
Creamy manila color. Creamy, toasty aromas and flavors of pecan cookie, almond biscotti, creamy tiramisu, and delicate spice with a creamy, bright, moderately sweet medium-full body and a smooth, compelling, long spicy egg nog, fruitcake, and fruit caramel finish. A delightfully drinkable, fruity and lightly spicy cream liqueur that is sure to please.
Casa Noble Tequila Añejo
94 points
$59.99
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of butterscotch, dried figs, artichoke, peppered pastrami, vanilla, and croissant with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intricate, medium-length apple-cinnamon compote, dried grapefruit, clay, chocolate shavings, and sea salt finish. An inviting tequila for dinner pairings or sipping with cigars.
94 points $59.99
Industry Juice Cold Pressed Lime Juice
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Tasted in a Vodka Gimlet cocktail. Hazy straw color. Citrusy aroma of lime peel with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-long honeyed citrus and fresh lemonade finish. A delicious vodka gimlet with great fresh tasting citrus notes; the juice really shines here.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Masuave Reposado Double Distilled Tequila
93 points
$39.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of ripe golden apples, black pepper, and toasty butter crust with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk terra cotta finish. An effortlessly drinkable reposado.
93 points $39.99
Top Note Sparkling Ginger Beer
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Tasted in a Moscow Mule cocktail. Hazy golden amber color. Herbal, green aromas and flavors of ginger chutney and lime and tea leaf with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, very long crystallized ginger, honey roasted citrus and squash, and radish finish. A rich powerful mule with complex, pure ginger character.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Willibald Barrel-Aged Gin
92 points
$44.95
Medium golden amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of cedar, rosemary, grapefruit, lilac, and star anise with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long lemon curd on toast, cracked juniper berries, red peppercorns, and thyme finish. A complex and toasty barrel aged gin that will be excellent in classic cocktails.
92 points $44.95
Copper Fox Peachwood American Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$54.99
Rich bronze color. Smoky aromas of alfalfa sprouts on rye toast, smoked chocolate, red rice, caramel, wet hay, cow hide, and clover with a round, bright, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long peanut brittle, honey, espresso, black licorice, cornmeal crust, and fresh oregano finish. A big, chewy American Single Malt that will delight whisky enthusiasts.
92 points $54.99
Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum Finished in Spanish Sherry Cask
91 points
$45.99
Dark copper color. Aromas of caramelized pineapple, cedar, dried mango, toasted waffle, leather, allspice, lime leaf, orange oil, and sweet cane with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-length dark chocolate studded orange cake, roasted brazil nuts, artisan cola, and fresh cigars finish. A dry, chewy dark rum that is a natural with cigars.
91 points $45.99
Casa Noble Tequila Crystal
90 points
$39.99
Clear color. Savory aromas of sun dried tomatillo, asian pear, steamed nopales, and overripe lime with a soft, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length salted pine nuts and masa finish. A savory tequila with ample desert-like flavors of Mexico.
90 points $39.99
Resilient Straight Bourbon Whisky
89 points
$75
Rich dark amber color. Aromas of sandalwood, dark cherry, dried stone fruit, cigar box, toasted almonds, and orange peels with a satiny, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, subtle, long caramel, toasted coconut, polished furniture, nutmeg, cinnamon tea, black pepper, and rose finish. An intense and concentrated bourbon for oak-heads.
Top Note Sparkling Indian Tonic Water
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Tasted in a Vodka Tonic cocktail. Brilliant straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of delicate herbs and barks and sandalwood with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long citrus pith, wormwood tea, and pepper finish. A snappy, lively vodka tonic with clean vibrant flavors that will play nicely with bitter liqueurs.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Cathead Vodka
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Silver color. Clean, citrusy aromas of homemade icing, lemon poppyseed muffin, and rosemary with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length tangerine peel, earthy raw artichoke, white pepper, and wheat fields finish. A mild, fresh and versatile vodka.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon
88 points
$29.95
Medium golden amber color. Aromas of rose perfume, corn griddle cakes, raw almonds, and orange marmalade with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length vanilla caramel, black pepper, ginger, and allspice finish. A spicy bourbon that will charm sippers and cocktail buffs alike.
88 points $29.95
Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$34.99
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark toasted biscuit, manuca honey, macadamia nut, toasted oats, and apple with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, buoyant doughy potato bread, baked apples, dried moss, and burned sugar finish. A roasty blended malt for everyday sipping.
88 points $34.99
Noble Oak Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$34.99
Medium amber color. Spicy aromas of roasted corn, bay leaf, exotic wood, cumin, and ginger with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long vanilla yogurt, eucalyptus, leather, dark chocolate, and cracker jacks finish. A rich bourbon with an intriguing herbal streak.
88 points $34.99
Casa Noble Tequila Reposado
88 points
$49.99
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramelized pine nuts, hearts of palm, tajin, and watermelon rind with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length jicama, grapefruit, and vanilla finish. A tasty reposado tequila to drink on the rocks or in craft cocktail.
88 points $49.99
Blue Marble Cocktails Cosmo
87 points
$4
Best Buy
Hazy salmon orange color. Citrusy aromas of lime pop and powdered cranberry juice mix with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy citric acid, cherry candy, and orange pixie sticks finish. A tart and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for poolside indulging.
87 points $4 Best Buy
Big 5 Coconut Rum
87 points
$20
Clear color. Tropical aromas of cream of coconut, wafer cookie, nori, and lemon peel with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, carefree coconut flakes and angel food cake finish. A breezy coconut rum that will be a pleasure to mix with.
Copper Cross Hybrid Bourbon & Rye Blend Whiskey
87 points
$34.99
Medium golden amber color. Aromas of roasted corn, forest fruit tea, nougat, dried geranium, and cocoa powder with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, crisp aniseed and butterscotch finish. A solid whiskey blend with great versatility.
87 points $34.99
Mezcal Amores Logia
87 points
$36.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of molten rubber, marinated bell pepper, dried oregano, and raspberry bubblegum with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed grilled green papaya, apple cider, underripe pineapple, and watermelon rind finish. A wild mezcal for fun summer cocktails.
87 points $36.99
Big 5 Silver Rum
86 points
$20
Clear color. Aromas of marzipan and pecan sandies with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length coconut cream, maple syrup, bay leaf, and kosher salt finish. A creamy white rum for winter warmers.
Masuave Blanco Triple Distilled Tequila
86 points
$29.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas of juicy pear, agave syrup, green papaya, and almond oil with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a peppery, fast black pepper, cacao nibs, and marshmallow finish. A solid, fruit-forward tequila.
86 points $29.99
Masuave Añejo Double Distilled Tequila
86 points
$49.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of tinned pineapple, apple compote, vanilla, Maria cookies with cream cheese, and dried bell pepper with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, breezy hot peppers finish. A solid Añejo for cocktails and mixed drinks.
86 points $49.99
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Maple Spirit
86 points
$58.99
Bright light gold color. Confected aromas and flavors of toasted nuts in honey, sweet cornbread, burnt sugar, winter spices, and circus peanuts with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, easy caramel, wet leaves, diced apple, bananas foster, and bread pudding finish. A light and interesting whiskey alternative for easy sipping.
86 points $58.99
Burnside West End Blended American Whiskey
85 points
$26.95
Light gold color. Aromas of kettle corn and caramel sauce with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, relaxed chocolate covered redskin peanuts finish. An easy-drinking blended whiskey that hits all the notes.
85 points $26.95
Burnside Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon
85 points
$39.95
Medium amber color. Aromas and flavors of sweet caramel, corn bread, banana muffin, and peanut candy with a glycerous, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, carefree ginger powder and zucchini bread finish. A zingy bourbon for bucks and juleps.
85 points $39.95
Blue Marble Cocktails Bloody Mary
84 points
$4
Best Buy
Opaque red color. Aromas of tinned tomatoes, anchovy, and steamed carrots with a thick, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, quick dried celery, cayenne, and ground black pepper finish. A spicy ready-to-drink bloody that will hit the spot.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Dehner Distillery Hemp Flavored Vodka
84 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of kiwi, lime leaf, and asian pear with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a smooth, brisk lemon rind and dried parsley finish. A subtle vodka that offers light kisses of fresh flavor.
84 points $19.99
Big 5 Gold Rum
84 points
$20
Gold color. Aromas of fresh coconut meat, banana peel, and aluminum with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an effortless, breezy dried lemon, toasted coconut, and crispy rice finish. A toasty rum for easy mixed drinks.
Peak 7 Vodka
84 points
$21.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of clean cotton, lemon creme, and pure cane sugar with a soft, bright, bone-dry light body and a tingling, short-to-medium sea salt finish. A dry, creamy vodka with endless possibilities.
84 points $21.99
WildJune Gin
84 points
$35
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of cucumber, tarragon, and asiago rind with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a warming, breezy juniper berry, pine cones, lemon rind, and pink peppercorn finish. A funky gin for cocktail play.
Checkerbark Barrel Rested DryGin
84 points
$40
Light gold color. Funky aromas of parmesan rind, caramel corn, Italian herbs, sun dried tomato, toasted baguette, and lemongrass with a round, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length almond paste, powdered sugar, and toasted multigrain bread finish. A smooth and toasty gin with just a touch of funky intrigue.
Cleveland Underground Bourbon Infused with Craft Roasted Coffee Beans
84 points
$43.79
Medium copper color. Spicy, earthy aromas of roasted red pepper, mole, ancho chile pepper, and black coffee with a slightly chewy, soft, off-dry medium body and a hot, complex, medium-length red pepper flakes, chocolate mint, sourdough, cinnamon latte, and Cajun spices finish. Slow-building heat and all manner of earthy spices make this a fascinating flavored whiskey.
84 points $43.79
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