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August 2016 - Best Buy Bar Competition

August 2016 - Best Buy Bar Competition
This month's Spirits feature is Best Buy Bar Competition

Best Buy Bar Competition Reviews

Underground Herbal Spirit
94 points
$19.95
Best Buy
Opaque bronze black color. Aromas and flavors of anise cookie and honeyed raisin toast with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of orange pepper, saffron, and sassafras finish. A elegant, nicely styled herb spice liqueur.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Herb/Spice Liqueur
94 points $19.95 Best Buy
Green Mark Vodka
93 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread, fig newton, and cucumber with a soft, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, breezy finish with accents of kiwi-papaya custard, rice candy, peppery spices, and minerals finish. A precise, flavorful vodka with nice texture and length.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Unflavored Vodka
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Melkior Honey Liqueur
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Hazy golden amber color. Earthy, sweet aromas and flavors of manuka honeycomb, cashew fruit, nut buckwheat toast, and leather and chamomile tea with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, breezy finish that presents touches of caramel latte, hint of peppered melon rind, herbed prunes, and bee pollen and propolis finish. An interesting rustic honey herb liqueur for adventurous cocktails.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Forty Degrees Vodka
91 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust and dried fruit in a clay pot with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, layered, long finish that shows nuances of whole milk, nougat, spicy oatmeal raisin cookie, and rain water on pavement finish. A superb, remarkably clean and elegant vodka.
91 points $19.99 Best Buy
Old Mexico Tequila Oro
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale straw yellow color. Grassy, fruity aromas and flavors of candied yams and figs, herbal honey, pickled nopales and peppers, and lipstick with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-to-long finish displaying suggestions of caramel cream and powdered sugar finish. A smooth and easy tequila for margaritas or shots.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Porter’s Fire Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur
88 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Clear gold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon spiced apple, roasted cashews, apple pie crust, and horchata with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, swift finish with impressions of cedar dust, pepper, and zucchini nut bread finish. A peppery cinnamon spice liqueur with a mellow flavor.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Old Mexico Tequila Blanco
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Interesting, minty aromas and flavors of peppermint leaf, aloe, dried herbs and white pepper, and turmeric tea with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of melted chocolate mint ice cream, radish, and green peppercorn finish. A distinctive blanco with a fun spicy, minty character.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Kid Curry Small Batch Vodka
87 points
$18.99
Bright clear color. Aromas of roasted grain and hint of white ash with a silky, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed creamy tapioca, spicy raisin scone, and almond flour finish. A spicy, all purpose vodka.
87 points $18.99
St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur
87 points
$20
Pale light straw color. Floral, earthy aromas and flavors of elderflower, nettles and leaves, and raisin stems with a lightly tannic, soft, moderately sweet light body and a tingling, medium finish with suggestions of peach tea and lychee finish.
La Catrina Sangria
85 points
$11.99
Clear dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black cherry jam and chocolate strawberry with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a breezy finish revealing notes of black raspberry puree, fruit punch, and hint of spice box finish. A fun, fruity, punch-like sangria for carefree sipping
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Sangria
85 points $11.99
Kirkland Signature Sangria
84 points
$6.99
Clear light ruby color. Unusual, umami aromas of over steamed rice, cherry pits, berry candle, and floral talc with a lean, shy, dryish thin body and a tingling, short balsa, berry water, and parchment finish.
84 points $6.99
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