About Asian Specialty Spirit

Serve in a Copita
Asian Specialty Spirit is a catchall category for other Asian spirits made from one or more of a variety of bases. An example is a sticky rice liqueur from Vietnam, made by slow distillation in a copper still. Other examples include liqueurs made from passion fruit, rose apples and white ginseng.
Top Picks for Asian Specialty Spirit
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Sơn Tinh
Nếp Cẩm Sticky Red Rice "Port" Liqueur
Bright dark amber color. Bright, interesting, fruity umami aromas of spicy baked goji berries, dried mushrooms, soy roasted nuts, and peppery spices with a satiny, racy, sourish medium-full body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long fresh cut wheatgrass, honeyed dried cherries, dusty beets, and peppered kale finish. A very interesting earthy, fruity, vegetal spirit; try as a vermouth in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218362
Kinmen
Baoyue Spring Kaoliang Liquor
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of papaya-pineapple yogurt, yeasty fruit cake, and overripe banana with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, pickled bamboo shoots, birch beer and ginseng gum, sugared fruit pits, and sandy grassy beach soil finish. An intriguing and enigmatic white-whisky-like spirit with a nice mix of fruity and spicy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218360
Kinmen
Kaoliang Liquor
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of conditioned saddle leather, caramelized nuts and dried tropical citrus, black and smoked tea, and pickling spices with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length polished wood, spiced nuts and water chestnuts, white chocolate maple fudge, and earth finish. A very interesting Asian spirit with lots of cocktail possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218364
Kinmen
Premium Kaoliang Liquor
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, honey toasted oat cookie, coconut husk and flakes, and fresh newspaper with a tannic, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, honey roasted pineapple, melon in cream, sugared tropical fruits, and chalk and bamboo finish. A vivacious, fruity, and rather approachable overproof rum like spirit given its proof.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218361
Kinmen
Kaoliang Liquor
Clear color. Exotic, herbal, earthy, meaty aromas of freshly painted barn, pickled okra and root vegetables, smoked jerky and nuts, and bbq woods and chips with a lightly tannic, dryish body and a peppery, engaging, medium-long pickled tomato, dusty grassy gravel, and cucumber and bamboo shoot finish. A nice combination of spicy, vegetal and earth tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218365
Kinmen
V.S.O. Kaoliang Liquor
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of paint and caulk, warm plantain pudding and fruitcake, mouse cage straw, and peppered nuts with a gritty, puckering, dryish fat body and a hot, appealing, long bark, mulch and potting soil, nutshell, turnip skin and spinach, and Coleman’s fuel finish. A brash, intense, surprisingly tactile sensory experience; mix like a mezcal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203139
Son Tinh
Nep Phu Loc Premium Liquor
Clear. Very mild nose with a hint of green pear and rice candy. Soft and delicate on the palate with a silky, dryish light body and a balsa, powdered sugar, and tapioca accented finish with noticeable peppery warmth. Rather like a more robust shochu.
86 points $8.20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218363
Kinmen
Battle Spirit Kaoliang Liquor
Clear color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honeyed overripe fruits, pickled root vegetables, stir fried bok choy, and sugar cane with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long spiced cherries and yams, pepper, powdered sugar, and grass finish. A fun, fruity Asian spirit that is reminiscent of agricole rhum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab