Best Inexpensive Specialty Spirits

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
201266
Yeni
Raki
Clear. Interesting aromas of dried banana and cherry, anise, wormwood and straw with a satiny smooth, light body and an elegant mineral oil and nutshell finish. A soft, almost feminine raki, despite the proof.
90 points $20.34 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208561
Marani
Chacha Saperavi
Clear color. Complex, spicy aromas of fruit cake, praline, and roasted nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy cream of wheat, malted vanilla honey milkshake, and papaya finish. A tasty, elegant grappa.
89 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab