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February 2019 - Asian Spirits

February 2019 - Asian Spirits
This month's Spirit feature is Asian Spirits

Asian Spirits Reviews

Teeda Japanese Rum
95 points
$36.95
Light gold color. Minerally aromas of sweet plantain, hot copper, panela, tonka bean, and elotes with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long toasted mango muffin, mango-infused caramel, pineapple smoothie, and lychee finish. A distinctive, chewy rum with pervasive notes of dried mango; memorable daiquiri riffs incoming.
95 points $36.95
Etsu Handcrafted Gin
94 points
$39.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of dried lime, lemongrass, sancho pepper, eucalyptus, bay, and juniper with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of jasmine and leather conditioner finish. A masculine of center gin with pervasive notes of dried herbs.
94 points $39.99
Kirishima Shuzo Kuro Kirishima EX Shochu
92 points
Clear color. Savory, smoky aromas and flavors of baked sweet potato, preserved lime, black snake, alliums, and marinated mushrooms with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of roasted carrot, pickled ginger, and mint finish. A chewy, savory Shochu that will make a great dinner pairing; lots of nuance to explore.
Grace Cor Cor Red Okinawan White Rum
91 points
$47
Clear color. Smoky aromas of mesquite, smoked tomato, ham-studded baked buns, tamarind chutney, black beans, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-length shaved coconut, ghee, rice pudding, and candied mango finish. A arak-like rum with piles of smoky, funky notes that will be a secret weapon to add nuance in cocktails; one of the most distinctive rums you’ll try.
Takahashi Brewery Ginrei Shiro Shochu
90 points
$22
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of rice candy and watermelon cooler with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a medium-long bubblegum, agave nectar, white pepper, and aniseed finish. A silky, fruity shochu with a friendly personality; a nice transition for sake drinkers.
90 points $22 Best Buy
Tanduay White Rum
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of raw coconut, spritz of lime, white pepper, and cumin with a satiny, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brisk sweet cream finish. A clean Cuban-style rum with endless cocktail possibilities.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Helios Distillery Kura The Whiskey
89 points
$70
Clear color. Aromas of honey on whole wheat toast, peat, sliced asian pear, cherry wood, and tobacco with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, breezy clover blossom, toasted rice, charred bell pepper, and burnt sugar finish. A smoky malt for superb highballs.
Ramallah Golden Arak
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, fresh tarragon, and clove with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery finish with accents of cracked black pepper finish. A nicely spiced arak with velvety texture and in-check heat.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Kweichow Moutai Legendary China Collection Baijiu
88 points
$420
Clear color. Savory aromas of pickles, tempeh, fish sauce, marinated carrots, and honey-mustard with a satiny, vibrant, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length spiced tea with cream, soy glazed peanuts, dark roasted coffee, and fermented honey finish. A balanced Baiju with a full spectrum of sweet, salty, and umami flavors.
Tanduay Dark Rum
84 points
$12.99
Dark amber color. Aroma of amaretti cookies with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length butterscotch, frozen custard, cola, and caramel apple finish. A sweet rum that will work in a variety of mixed drinks.
84 points $12.99
Cremisan Wine Estates 35 Year Old Brandy
83 points
$100
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, spumoni, pear tart, and persimmon with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, rapid marigold, toasted coconut, and iced tea finish. A sweet and mixable brandy with rum-like flavors.
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