About Specialty Spirits

The specialty spirits category includes some of the more unique and individualized spirits that don't fit into traditional spirits categories. Pomace brandies such as grappa and marc are included as part of this category as are aquavit, dry schnapps, and certain flavored spirits from around the world.

Top Picks and Reviews for Specialty Spirits

208408
La Trentina
Morbida Grappa
Pale golden yellow color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach cobbler and apricot cookie with a satiny, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, very long finish with suggestions of jasmine tea, honeyed nuts, bubblegum dust, and pink pepper with light oak. An amazingly vibrant and delicious grappa of the highest order.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217786
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100% Real Beet Distilled Spirit
Clear color. Savory, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted and pickled beets, hint of spiced fruits, roasted cauliflower, and galanga with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long dusty root vegetables, powdered sugar, radish, and pepper finish. A very interesting and distinctive root vegetable like spirit for savory cocktails.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213077
Pisoni
Grappa Stravecchia
Clear gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raisins bread pudding, cinnamon and brown spices, suede, and spicy jasmine chai with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nougat, custard, and spiced fruits finish. A superbly flavorful and balanced grappa with an elegant style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213075
Bonollo
Grappa of Amarone Barrique
Clear bright golden amber color. Lively, attractive aromas of suede, dried stone fruits, chocolate nuts, and spicy rye bread and maple sap with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long vanilla cola, straw mat, mint cream, and limestone finish. A spicy, earthy, well aged grappa that will conclude a meal nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208606
Mill Street Distillery
Grappa
Pale golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced candied oranges and nuts, cherry bonbon, and cola float with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with nuances of spicy panettone, cedar, cinnamon baklava, and pepper. A wonderful wood aged grappa.
93 points $54.25
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208407
Le Giare
Gew├╝rztraminer Grappa
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of spice cake, fruit salad, suede, and peony with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of potpourri, cherry bubblegum, minerals, and cedar with light oak. A very tasty and stylish grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212044
Dry County Distillery
Black Rope Anise Spirit
Minutely hazy clear color. Rich, spicy aromas and flavors of black licorice, banana nut muffin, and pepper with an even, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, carefree anise seed, pepper dust, and minerals finish. A pure, smooth, and balanced anise schnapps.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208514
Moletto
Grappa di Moscato
Clear color. Bright aromas and flavors of raisin bread, figs, and dusty nuts with a lively, off-dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, long finish with elements of peppery spices, anise, mint, and potpourri. A delicious and vibrant grappa for all occasions.
92 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208405
Le Diciotto Lune
Stravecchia Grappa
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peach danish, chocolate creme brulee, sassafras, and cola with a bright, fruity sweet medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish with impressions of delicate brown spices, nougat, and pepper with moderate oak. A smooth, creamy, very well aged grappa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208973
Samogon
Grappa
Clear color. Vibrant, interesting aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, tropical fruit custard, and honeyed nuts with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish displaying accents of vanilla nougat, exotic peppercorns, powdered sugar, and fuel-like minerals. A rather exotic and flavor-packed spirit that will make for intriguing cocktails.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab