December 2017 - New Release Spirits

This month's Spirits feature is New Release Spirits
New Release Spirits Reviews
219705
Kirkland Signature
Irish Cream Liqueur
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221891
Casa Noble
Tequila Añejo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222487
Industry Juice
Cold Pressed Lime Juice
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222105
Masuave
Reposado Double Distilled Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222681
Top Note
Sparkling Ginger Beer
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222122
Willibald
Barrel-Aged Gin
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222458
Copper Fox
Peachwood American Single Malt Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222416
Papa’s Pilar
Dark Rum Finished in Spanish Sherry Cask
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221893
Casa Noble
Tequila Crystal
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222356
Nemiroff
Vodka
Clear color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fresh sliced lemons and lime popsicle with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, breezy cracked black peppercorns, clean cotton, and coconut oil finish. A zesty and citrusy vodka for super-bright Moscow Mules.
89 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222441
Resilient
Straight Bourbon Whisky
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222680
Top Note
Sparkling Indian Tonic Water
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222191
Cathead
Vodka
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222636
Burnside
Oregon Oaked Bourbon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222308
Naked Grouse
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222307
Noble Oak
Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221892
Casa Noble
Tequila Reposado
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222523
Blue Marble Cocktails
Cosmo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222226
Big 5
Coconut Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222661
Copper Cross
Hybrid Bourbon & Rye Blend Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221888
Mezcal Amores
Logia
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222224
Big 5
Silver Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222103
Masuave
Blanco Triple Distilled Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222104
Masuave
Añejo Double Distilled Tequila
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222347
Vermont Spirits
No. 14 Maple Spirit
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222634
Burnside
West End Blended American Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222635
Burnside
Goose Hollow RSV Bourbon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222522
Blue Marble Cocktails
Bloody Mary
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222662
Dehner Distillery
Hemp Flavored Vodka
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222225
Big 5
Gold Rum
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222766
Peak 7
Vodka
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222310
WildJune
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222311
Checkerbark
Barrel Rested DryGin
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222380
Cleveland Underground
Bourbon Infused with Craft Roasted Coffee Beans
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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