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 for Specialty Spirits

B 100% Real Beet Distilled Spirit
93 points
$29.99
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
Pisoni Grappa Stravecchia
93 points
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.
Bonollo Grappa of Amarone Barrique
93 points
$70
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.
Alexander Grappa di Cabernet
92 points
$39.99
Clear color. Rustic aromas of hay, green tea, dried mango, dried lime peel, and tobacco with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-long marzipan wrapped cherries, icing sugar, dried lemon peel, and bee pollen finish. A terroir-driven grappa; sip after a good meal.
Awards: 2017 Best Grappa
92 points $39.99
Dry County Distillery Black Rope Anise Spirit
92 points
$25
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.
Alexander Grappa Bianca
90 points
$37.99
Clear color. Confected aromas of green pear, tutti fruiti candies, banana marshmallow, guayabana, crisp raw asparagus, and sunflower seeds with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length dandelion, marjoram, chamomile tea, banana leaf, and ground peppercorns finish. A fruit-forward Grappa with a friendly nose and a palate reminiscent of the summer countryside.
90 points $37.99
Alexander Grappolo
88 points
$105
Clear color. Floral aromas and flavors of wildflowers, bosc pear, sweet honey, almond nougat, and wisteria with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a tingling, brisk dandelion greens, aniseed, tropical fruit, and ghee finish. A beautiful, perfumed grappa with graceful length.
Painted Stave Distilling Harvest Grappa
87 points
$25
Bright clear color. Lively, attractive, clean fruity inviting aromas of cracked pepper on watermelon rind, box of raisins, cedar plank, and rye flour sack with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long suede, cucumber juice, honey cream, and nut oil finish. A mild, mellow grappa.
Pietro Gallo Estate Grappa Di Prosecco
86 points
$70
Silver color. Aromas of wool, parmesan rind, plantain peel, and charred cereals with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity light body and a silky, medium-length tangerine, lavender, jasmine, apple liqueur, and nickel finish. A crafty grappa with a bright and fruity center.
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