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December 2019 - New & Innovative Spirits

December 2019 - New & Innovative Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is New & Innovative Spirits

New & Innovative Spirits Reviews

Los Amantes Añejo Mezcal
96 points
$80
Gold color. Smoky, medicinal, complex aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and gusano, chocolate halva, hint of iodine tincture, and prairie fire embers and rubber with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish displaying notes of grilled citrus, smoked peppers, and mesquite honey finish. A delicious and satisfying añejo mezcal that coats the palate with lingering warmth and smokiness.
Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur
94 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of watermelon finish. A light and outgoing melon liqueur with an excellent sense of freshness and purity.
94 points $13.95 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature Tequila Añejo
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Pale amber color. Rich coconut and banana cream pie, cherry bonbon, and baking spice aromas. Soft and supple with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Lingering butterscotch, sandalwood, and fig gelato notes on the drying finish. A delicious dessert style añejo that has confection, but is not too sweet.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Los Amantes Joven Mezcal
94 points
$54
Clear color. Smoky aromas and flavors of char-grilled pineapple, spiced apple, smoked aloe, peppercorn, and tea tree oil, and fireplace with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, distinctive, long finish conveying notes of white cigar ash, grilled citrus drizzled with honey mint and chive, and lava stones finish. A vibrantly delicious mezcal with fine flavor and balance.
El Tesoro Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
$99.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasty lemon meringue pie, apricot danish, whipped honey, parsley, and lavender with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish with accents of tangerine zest, heather, sweet agave, and minerals finish. An exceptionally concentrated tequila with plush texture, palate-lifting brightness, and pure, unadulterated agave flavor.
94 points $99.99
Member’s Mark Limited Edition Egg Nog
93 points
$9.98
Best Buy
Opaque cream color. Spicy aromas of gingerbread cookie and egg nog with a creamy, vibrant, sweet full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length cheese danish, spice cake, buttercream, and flan finish. A custardy treat with piles of festive holiday spice; great for gifting and sipping.
93 points $9.98 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Mure Liqueur
93 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherry, blackberries, and black cassis with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with suggestions of honeyed plum finish. A concentrated ripe and pure berry liqueur that will make for quintessential Kir Royales and El Diablos; try in all types of cocktails and desserts.
93 points $13.95 Best Buy
Member’s Mark Vodka
93 points
$13.98
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, lemon tea, dried herbs, and hint of black licorice with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish that exhibits overtones of fresh cream finish. A rich, smooth vodka perfect for sipping chilled neat, on the rocks, or in an extra-dry martini.
93 points $13.98 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Framboise Liqueur
93 points
$23.95
Rich garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, black currant, raspberry coulis, hint of raspberry leaf, and cranberry with a round, bright, very sweet medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-long finish. Great purity and intensity of flavor makes this an excellent berry liqueur to elevate cocktails; vivid.
93 points $23.95
Antano Blanco Tequila
93 points
$34.99
Clear color. Attractive, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of floral honey, cinnamon raisin toast with black garlic, figs and dates in sweet cream, and play-doh and palo santo with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, very long finish with notes of horchata, spiced kiwi and starfruit, wet stones, and latte finish. A soft, superb sipping blanco tequila with evolving waves of complex flavors.
93 points $34.99
Cotswolds Dry Gin
93 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bay leaf, cologne, coriander, cracked juniper, lemon peel, spearmint, and sandalwood with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish. A robust gin with a spicy warmth.
93 points $34.99
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$44.99
Amber color. Sweet aromas of dried cranberry, cinnamon crumble-topped muffins, apple butter, and maple cookies with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, very long sweet corn, salted marcona almonds, olives, leather, and candied orange finish. A complex bourbon that hits the palate with a decadent array of fine flavors; connoisseurs take note.
93 points $44.99
Los Amantes Reposado Mezcal
93 points
$65
Light gold color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and pineapples, burning pine and hickory embers, singed herbs, and overripe plantain with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of singed palo santo and pine sap, roasted coconut milk, grilled squash and fiddle head ferns, and lava stones finish. A rich and traditional mezcal with complex smokiness.
Highland Harvest Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$77.75
Pale light gold color. Spicy aromas of black pepper, parsley, and cardamom with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, intricate, long honeydew melon and smoked orange blossom honey finish. A fascinating, piquant single malt that offers intense notes of herbs and spices with laser precision.
93 points $77.75
Café Granita Coffee & Cream Liqueur
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas and flavors of creme caramel, frappucino, buttered popcorn, tiramisu, and chocolate-coated toffee with a creamy, vibrant, sweet fat body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of milk duds candies, espresso soaked cakes, and buttercream finish. A rock-solid cream liqueur that’s easy to love; rich, creamy, sweet with deliciously pure flavors.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Antano Reposado Tequila
92 points
$39.90
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized yams and plantain, spicy egg nog, and sesame and oranges with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of chai, honey roasted pepper, wet palo santo, and almond cookie with caramel finish. A flavorful, well balanced reposado that will be versatile.
92 points $39.90
Laird’s 10th Generation Apple Brandy
92 points
$39.99
Amber color. Elegant, fruity aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe red apples, cherry candies, toffee, buttery pastry, yuzu marmalade, and ripe melon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, intricate, long finish that presents nuances of sage, ground pepper, and ginger finish. Bright, sophisticated aromas beckon the imbiber in for a sip of this peppery apple brandy; great for complex for cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Cotswolds Founders Choice Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$79.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coated toffee, sandalwood, raisins, honey-roasted nuts, and tobacco with a chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a long finish manifesting accents of olives, parmesan, rooibos tea, and leather finish. An oaky, spicy single malt with flashy notes of dried fruit, nuts, and leather.
92 points $79.99
Burl & Sprig Migration 23-Year-Old Rum
92 points
$89.99
Bronze color. Aromas of madeira cake, caramelized almonds, maple-walnut frosting, and raisins with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length clove, cigar wrapper, sesame, and brown butter finish. A rich and leathery aged rum for sipping and savoring.
92 points $89.99
Don Q Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum
91 points
$49.99
Amber color. Aromas of cedar, creamy caramel, cacao nibs, clove, and macadamia cookie with a lightly tannic, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long almond-studded toffee, roasted mango, hint of espresso, and olive oil finish. A sturdy and warming rum best with cigars; try in stirred rum cocktails too!
91 points $49.99
ChocoLat ChocoLat Liqueur
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Opaque mahogany color. Aromas of milk chocolate, wafer cookie, and caramel cream with a thick, crisp, very sweet medium body and a relaxed oreo cookies and chocolate frosting finish. A rich and creamy chocolate liqueur for decadent chocolate martinis.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Fugu Elderflower Vodka Spritz
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of elderflower, concord grape, ripe peach, and fresh cut grass with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length coconut, honeydew melon, and beeswax finish. A lively, bubbly spritzer with soft fruit and floral flavors.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Cutwater Black Skimmer Bourbon Whiskey Mule
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of ginger cake, lime curd, and pears in syrup with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length cream soda, candied ginger-studded buttercream, and lime cooler finish. A rock-solid Bourbon Mule in a convenient package.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Blumenpflucker Herbal Liqueur
90 points
$23
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, hazelnut, eucalyptus, anise, cola, and clove with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish revealing accents of ginseng, toffee and black tea finish. A sweet and spicy herbaceous liqueur that will play very well in winter-warmer cocktails; East Asian spices found here offer a unique cocktail ingredient.
90 points $23 Best Buy
Great Lakes Distillery Good Land Wisconsin Cranberry Liqueur
90 points
$29.99
Dark fuchsia color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon, clove, star anise, candied grapefruit peel, pomegranate, hibiscus, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length finish with nuances of cranberry sauce finish. A spicy, fruity balance of cinnamon and cranberry makes this an ideal liqueur for upscale holiday cocktails; bartenders take note.
90 points $29.99
Merlet C2 Café Liqueur
90 points
$31.95
Dark mahogany color. Aroma of caramel latte with a satiny, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long chocolate covered berries, espresso drizzled chocolate cake, hazelnut, and smoked espresso finish. A rich, dark-roasted coffee liqueur with a pop of acidity and balanced bitter notes.
90 points $31.95
Boulder Grapefruit & Rose Flavored Pink Gin
90 points
$33
Pale pink color. Aromas of strawberries in cream, pink lemonade, peony, spearmint, and basil with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length orris root, violet liqueur, and rose petal finish. A hyper-floral gin that packs a lot of flavor into a pretty pink package.
Bacoo 11 Year Old Deseo Series #1 Sherry Cask Finish Rum
90 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almond, raisins, black banana, molasses cookies, and leather with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish displaying impressions of praline and nut-studded fudge finish. Sip or mix this rum for mature rum character that delights the palate.
90 points $39.99
Antano Añejo Tequila
90 points
$46.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel cheesecake, butter cookies, banana leaf, clay, and champurrado with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish that presents nuances of creme caramel and coconut finish. A smooth and pleasing añejo tequila with beautifully integrated oak notes layered atop roasty agave flavors.
90 points $46.99
Oak Cliff Texas Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Aromas of circus peanuts, gingerbread, olives, and creamy caramel with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long graham cracker, cola, buttercream, corn pudding, burnt sugar, and tea finish. A rich and decadent bourbon with nutty sherry-like notes and bold structure.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Bishop Rye Whiskey
89 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of rye toast, orange-ginger marmalade, honeyed pear tart, and cucumber with a silky, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length caramel-drizzled apples finish. A vivid and delicious rye whiskey for sipping or classic cocktails.
89 points $19.99 Best Buy
Treaty Oak Antique Waterloo Barrel-Aged Gin
89 points
$29.99
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla buttercream, cinnamon roll, egg nog, and cola with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, complex, medium-long finish displaying accents of ginger, allspice, juniper, and hot cinnamon candies finish. A smooth, oak-kissed barrel-aged gin with great depth of flavor; whip up holiday cocktails with this creamy-spicy crowd pleaser.
89 points $29.99
9north Spiced Rum
89 points
$34.99
Mahogany color. Creamy aromas of walnut confection, cream puff, coconut, molasses, and burnt caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long cinnamon, allspice, clove, and sassafras finish. A rock-solid spiced rum with piles of flavor; easy to love.
89 points $34.99
Utkins Vodka
89 points
$36.89
Clear color. Aromas of powdered sugar and hint of peppermint with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a breezy lemon zest and panna cotta finish. A clean and bright vodka; a clear go-to for cocktails.
89 points $36.89
Cutwater Tequila Blanco
89 points
$36.99
Clear color. Savory, rustic aromas of roasted pumpkin, sweet plantain, spiced apple, and frijoles with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chamoy, allspice, toasted pepitas, and creamed corn finish. A friendly blanco tequila that doesn’t skimp on authentic Mexican flavors; a great cocktail choice but just as delicious when sipped neat.
89 points $36.99
Juniper Green London Dry Gin
89 points
$36.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lime flesh, celery, lavender, and black pepper with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of iris, lemon shortbread, sweet herbs, and hint of juniper finish. A smooth, floral, contemporary gin with wide appeal; shake up creative cocktails with this one.
89 points $36.99
Highclere Castle London Dry Gin
89 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bay leaf, sage, cardamom, lime leaf, orange marmalade, and juniper with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with impressions of pepper-infused honey, white flowers, and sweet ginger finish. A dark, herbal gin that will star in cocktails of all seasons.
89 points $39.99
Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$39.99
Amber color. Aromas of bread pudding with apples and raisins, toffee, and char-toasted banana bread with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long pecan praline, chocolate ganache, custard, and pencil shavings finish. A rich, chewy, oaky bourbon that fills the mouth with flavor; if you’re seeking intensity and brawn, this is one for you.
89 points $39.99
Tomintoul 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$44.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apples, chocolate-covered berries, sticky toffee pudding, and leather with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, long finish that shows accents of oatmeal cookies with walnuts, tobacco, and hint of herbs finish. A rich, palate-coating whisky with substantial structure.
89 points $44.99
Don Q Double Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum
89 points
$49.99
Amber color. Creamy aromas of nutmeg-dusted flan, orange-caramel, creme anglaise on spice cake, and cocoa powder with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long hazelnut cream, toasted croissant, leather, and white pepper finish. A decadent, smooth and creamy rum that’s a pleasure to sip on its own or in warming cocktails.
89 points $49.99
Glencadam The "Rather Delicate" 10 Year Highland Single Malt
89 points
$55
Light gold color. Aromas of ripe tropical fruit, licorice, and nut brittle with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length greek yogurt with apricots and honey, spiced apple chutney, toasted crumpets, and vanilla finish. A rich and fruity single malt that warms the soul.
Tomintoul 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
$59.99
Gold color. Aromas of ripe apple, honey, orange blossom, banana cakes, and digestive biscuit with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a peppery, carefree black pepper and bay finish. A dry and bracing single malt to serve on the rocks.
89 points $59.99
Pietro Gallo Estate Grappa Di Pinot Grigio
89 points
$60
Clear color. Fruity, earthy aromas of green apple, dolmades, dried fig and apricot, and green tea with a satiny, bright, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length bitter lemon, herbal jelly, and fresh radish finish. A rustic but silky grappa; hospitality in a glass.
Glencadam The "Rather Dignified" 15 Year Highland Single Malt
89 points
$75
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, chalk, honey-wheat crackers, candied lemon peel, roasted pistachio, and butter cookies with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of tropical tea, lemon curd, and clove finish. A bright, flavor-packed single malt that delights the palate with notes of luscious fruit and palate-coating toasty notes.
High Noon Sun Sips Pineapple Vodka & Soda
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas of pineapple cream cake and fruit punch with a round, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length pineapple glaze, custard, and honeycrisp apple finish. A light and tropical pineapple cocktail that offers easy and fun refreshment.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
James Younger Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Amber color. Aromas of toasted cornbread, dried cranberry and plum, buttery pastry, and banana with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a polished, charming, medium-length cherry preserves, caramel, and gingersnap cookie finish. A smooth and easy-drinking Tennessee whiskey with lots of appeal.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Outskirts Vodka
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of water chestnuts, lemon cheesecake, and rice pudding with a soft, bright, dry light body and a graceful, medium-length shortbread finish. A mild, easy-to-mix vodka that will star in a wide variety of cocktails.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Islay Mist Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$25.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of whole wheat scone, marmite, raisin bran, iodine, and dried apricot with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish revealing accents of heather and smoked chocolate finish. A rich and malty blended Scotch whisky with a great dose of smoky peat.
88 points $25.99
Vim & Petal Dry Gin
88 points
$27.25
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pine, lavender, cinnamon oats, macerated peppercorns, and mint chocolate with a soft, dry light body and a warming, medium-to-long finish that presents nuances of rosemary finish. A simple craft gin that seeks purity over complexity; great for winter gin cocktails.
88 points $27.25
Treaty Oak Old Yaupon Waterloo Gin
88 points
$29.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of hot rubber, grilled lime leaf, clove, galangal, rooibos, citronella, and cinnamon smoke with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a swift finish revealing elements of grilled pineapple finish. Interesting exotic flavors make this gin a unique cocktail component.
88 points $29.99
Burl & Sprig Touché 8-Year-Old Rum
88 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, maple-roasted nuts, pound cake with dulce de leche, and sassafras with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with suggestions of candied pineapple, toffee, and raisin toast finish. Easy to drink and very approachable, this rum offers a tasty tipple to rum enthusiasts and novices alike.
88 points $39.99
Merlet VSOP Cognac
88 points
$42.95
Bright amber color. Aromas of golden raisin, orange zest, poached pear, panattone, and toffee with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length graham cracker, nutmeg, cola, and incense finish. A layered VSOP cognac with lots of satisfying flavors to discover.
88 points $42.95
Absente Absinthe
88 points
$45
Bright light green color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, tarragon, and floral nuance with a supple, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of custard finish. Rich anise flavor builds on the palate; a warming and full-bodied absinthe.
Papa Bueno Añejo Tequila
88 points
$49.95
Pale golden straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of red bean bun, hickory smoke, roasted peppers, and toasted marshmallow with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish. A solid añejo tequila with a distinctive kick of smoky, savory notes.
88 points $49.95
Stil Unflavored Vodka
87 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest and pretzel dough with a silky, crisp, dry light body and a warming, easy finish displaying notes of spicy peppercorns, hint of vanilla, and limestone finish. A clean and neutral vodka that will slip into just about any cocktail with ease.
87 points $8.99 Best Buy
Sovrano Arabica Coffee Liqueur
87 points
$12.99
Deep mahogany color. Aromas of ground coffee, cacao nibs, and black toast with a thick, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, long whipped cream, toffee, condensed milk, and espresso finish. A rich and coating coffee liqueur that’s balanced and easy to love.
87 points $12.99
Column 5 Texas Vodka
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of hints of cheesecake with a round, soft, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish with shades of fig bar finish. A round and smooth-textured vodka that will work well in all manner of cocktails.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Capmaker Rye Whiskey
87 points
$19.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of ripe pear, peach tea, lemongrass, gingersnap cookies, and violet with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length rye toast, apricot preserves, and spiced nuts finish. A light and fresh rye whiskey that’s approachable but doesn’t skimp on flavor.
87 points $19.99
Cathead Vodka
87 points
$19.99
Clear color. Aromas of ethanol, creme fraiche, lime, and white tea with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a warming, quick ground pepper finish. An effortlessly mixable vodka.
87 points $19.99
Burl & Sprig Esencia Barrel Aged Spiced Rum
87 points
$22.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio gelato, strawberry mousse, toffee, nutmeg, and anisette cookie with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with notes of vanilla-coke and cafe latte finish. A twisting and turning spiced rum for mixed drinks.
87 points $22.99
Great Lakes Distillery Good Land Door County Cherry Liqueur
87 points
$29.99
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried cranberry, spice cabinet, autumn leaves, and cascara with a velvety, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length amarena cherry preserves, mixed peppercorns, and sarsaparilla finish. Snappy cherry flavor that will mesh well with aged spirits; best for stirred cocktails.
87 points $29.99
Boulder Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$45
Amber color. Woody aromas of cedar, popcorn, roasted pecan, nougat, and banana cake with a round, dry medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length cinnamon Danish finish. A bold craft whiskey that offers tasty notes of sweet cinnamon pastry.
Highland Harvest Sauternes Barrel-Aged Single Malt Scotch Whisky
87 points
$89.95
Pale golden amber color. Woody aromas of sandalwood, dried apples, lavender, lemongrass, and olives with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long gingerbread, orange marmalade, toasted almonds, and cardamom finish. An exotic, spicy single malt that intrigues the senses.
87 points $89.95
High Noon Sun Sips Grapefruit Vodka & Soda
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, sour citrus candies, and lemon curd with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a graceful, breezy finish that exhibits overtones of orange popsicle finish. A low-key citrusy refresher.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Grainger’s Deluxe Vodka
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of powdered sugar, dried lemon, and cream with a satiny, soft, dry light body and a peppery, buoyant finish with shades of black pepper and milled grain finish. A dry and proudly neutral, easy-to-mix vodka.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Bishop Bourbon Whiskey
86 points
$19.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of candied cherry, corn bread, orange marmalade, and peanuts with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish. A rock solid shooting and mixing Bourbon with a nice balance of fruity esters and nutty notes.
86 points $19.99
Burl & Sprig The Fifth Element White Rum
86 points
$22.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lemon zest, tapioca pudding, and coconut with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium finish. A bright white rum that will be a workhorse behind the bar.
86 points $22.99
Old Fourth Distillery Gin
86 points
$28
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of lemongrass, peppercorns, dried apricot, and juniper jelly with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, breezy finish. A soft and velvety gin with gentle botanicals and easy-to-mix style.
Great Lakes Distillery Good Land Coffee Liqueur
86 points
$29.99
Minutely hazy dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted colombian coffee, charred vanilla bean, and coffee cherry with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A sweet, roasty coffee liqueur that hits the spot.
86 points $29.99
The Whistler Double Oaked Irish Whiskey
86 points
$29.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, tea with cream, and graham cracker with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a silky, breezy finish. A highly drinkable Irish whiskey for shooters and mixed drinks.
86 points $29.99
Zíami Platinum Rum
86 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut shortbread, hint of carob, and cherry-almond cookie with a supple, soft, dryish thin body and a tingling, swift finish. A mild and neutral mixing rum that won’t let you down.
86 points $29.99
Papagayo White Rum
86 points
$39.45
Slivery straw color. Sweet aromas of butterscotch, pineapple, lychee, cafe au lait, and spumoni with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length pistachio macaron, taro custard, and sticky rice with mango finish. An interesting combination of creamy, fruity and roasted flavors make this a rum for creative cocktails.
86 points $39.45
Heritage Distilling Co. BSB 103 Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$45
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, carrot cake, custard, cinnamon, clove, and star anise with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of caramel and toasted grain finish. A fun, candied shooter that will play well in winter warmer cocktails and holiday parties.
Papa Bueno Reposado Tequila
86 points
$45.95
Pale golden straw color. Savory aromas and flavors of bread and butter pickles, crudite, fire roasted guajillo pepper, and grapefruit zest with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish manifesting accents of sassafras, panna cotta, and tomato leaves finish. A bright, pickle-y reposado with plenty of interest.
86 points $45.95
Papa’s Pilar Marquesas Blend Dark Rum
86 points
$46.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of rocky road ice cream, chocolate-covered cherry cordials, and pecan praline with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length spiced plum, caramel, cola, and charred marshmallow finish. A big, crowd-pleasing rum with lots of tasty fruit flavors
86 points $46.99
Ron Abuelo Two Oaks 12 Años Rum
86 points
$59.99
Dark amber color. Smoky aromas of hickory smoke, clove, sun dried tomatoes, caramel, and bruised apple with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length caramel latte, tamarind, and smoked sea salt finish. A smoky-sweet rum to add distinctive flavor to creative cocktails.
86 points $59.99
High Noon Sun Sips Black Cherry Vodka & Soda
85 points
$9.99
Salmon red color. Confected aromas of maraschino cherry and fruit punch with a satiny, bright, off-dry light body and a smooth, brisk hint of sour watermelon and hibiscus finish. A fruity, lightly sweet cocktail in a festive hue.
85 points $9.99
High Noon Sun Sips Watermelon Spritzer
85 points
$9.99
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of bubblegum, green apple and strawberry candies, honeydew melon candies, and yogurt with a supple, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, cheery finish. A fruity, easy-drinking cocktail for laid-back refreshment.
85 points $9.99
Boulevard Beverage Company Rye Whiskey Mule Fling Craft Cocktail
85 points
$12.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla bon bon, ginger marmalade, and hints of caramel-y whiskey with a satiny, crisp, sweet light body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying notes of 7-up and jicama-cayenne finish. An easy-to-drink, easy-to-tote Kentucky mule that delivers leanly.
85 points $12.99
Paddleford Creek Bourbon Cream Liqueur
85 points
$14.99
Straw color. Confected aromas and flavors of chocolate yogurt, cream of wheat, and coco puffs in milk with a creamy, crisp, sweet medium body and a silky, breezy finish conveying notes of graham crackers in almond milk and coffee mousse finish. A sweet and creamy liqueur to liven up coffee drinks.
85 points $14.99
Capmaker Bourbon Whiskey
85 points
$19.99
Gold color. Aromas of cinnamon-dusted pear, hints of caramelized nuts, dried cherry, and honeycomb with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, buoyant sourdough, dulce de leche, and black tea finish. A mild bourbon that will play well in craft cocktails.
85 points $19.99
Cutwater Bali Hai Tiki Dark Rum
85 points
$36.99
Dark brown color. Confected aromas and flavors of stewed prunes, chocolate-covered cherries, pecan praline, pineapple gummies, and spumoni with a supple, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish with nuances of iced coffee and cola finish. A sweet, confected rum that will play well with cola and in Bourbon Street cocktails.
85 points $36.99
Member’s Mark Ready-To-Serve Golden Margarita
84 points
$8.98
Hazy light green color. Aromas and flavors of lime candies, powdered drink mix, and tangerine gummies with a round, lively, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A tangy, sweet-and-sour margarita for those in a rush.
84 points $8.98
Townes Vodka
84 points
$12.99
Clear color. Aroma and flavors of minerals with a supple, prickly, dry medium body and a hot, quick finish. A peppery vodka that packs a punch; a solid Bloody Mary vodka.
84 points $12.99
Trader Joe’s Tennessee Whiskey
84 points
$13.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of butterscotch, green apple, margarine, and darkly caramelized pineapple with a round, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, short-to-medium black pepper and dried cherries finish. A dense and spicy Tennessee whiskey for cocktails.
84 points $13.99
Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Special 5-Star 8 Year Old Rum
84 points
$30
Amber color. Odd aromas and flavors of plastic, embers, butterscotch, and dried herbs with a lean, shrill, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a searing, breezy finish that shows notes of green apple and black olive. A mixing rum.
Papagayo Reserva Rum
84 points
$37.79
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruit, golden raisin, sweet plantain, smoked caramel, and red bean bun with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-long finish revealing overtones of caramelized artichoke finish. A smoky, funky, fiery rum for agricole lovers; a distinctive craft spirit.
84 points $37.79
Loch & Union American Dry Gin
84 points
$37.99
Clear color. Herbal aromas of black pepper and wilted basil with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, medium-length lemon peel finish. A funky craft gin with lots of herbaceous character; try in winter-warmer cocktails.
84 points $37.99
Papa Bueno Silver Tequila
84 points
$42.95
Clear color. Aromas of guanabana, yogurt, and buttered nuts with a satiny, crisp, fruity thin body and a warming, brisk under-ripe pineapple, charred jicama, and stalks finish. A slightly smoky blanco tequila that will play well in margaritas.
84 points $42.95
Cooper’s Mark Bourbon Cream Liqueur
83 points
$17.99
Taupe color. Aromas and flavors of sweet cream, caramel sauce, and evaporated milk with a syrupy, bright, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of chocolate milk finish. A sweet, creamy treat to spike coffee with.
83 points $17.99
Boulevard Beverage Company Bourbon Smash Fling Craft Cocktail
82 points
$12.99
Hazy golden amber color. Tropical aromas of amaretto cookie, smoked pineapple candy, cream soda, and mango candies with a silky, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, short thai iced tea and brunost finish. A sweet and tropical combo of flavors.
82 points $12.99
Zambu Brazilian Buzz Button Inspired Liqueur
80 points
Brilliant coral color. Aromas of grapefruit zest, hops, and lemon drop candies with a watery body and a swift finish. A mouth-numbing party trick; will be a fun ingredient for cocktail play.
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