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November 2020 - New & Innovative Spirits

November 2020 - New & Innovative Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is New & Innovative Spirits

New & Innovative Spirits Reviews

Cazcanes No. 9 Blanco Tequila
95 points
$89
Clear color. Earthy aromas of frijoles negros, roasted squash, toasted pepitas, sauerkraut, and grilled lime with a supple, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long white pepper, hints of ancho chile, dark chocolate, and condensed milk finish. An outstandingly good Blanco Tequila; bottled at an atypically higher proof, this Blanco delivers rich body, sophisticated peppery palate and endless savory complexity.
Astral Pacific Gin
94 points
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of lime leaf, hints of coconut, sweet flower waters, and tangerine marmalade on buttered biscuit with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long earl grey tea, parsley, cilantro, mint, sweet ginger, and juniper jelly finish. A delightful harmony of fruits and herbs dance on the palate; try this lively contemporary Gin in wide array of friendly cocktails.
Cazcanes No. 7 Reposado Tequila
94 points
$99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pickled carrots, dill, Kentucky bourbon, and toasted coconut with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish with nuances of pumpkin spice latte, cumin, clay, and sassafras. An oak-forward Reposado that offers bourbon accents resting on an agave center.
Cazcanes No. 7 Anejo Tequila
94 points
$129
Medium gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted cashews and almonds, spiced cider, orange zest, paprika, green olives, popcorn, and spiced pumpkin with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, nuanced, medium-long finish with notes of za’atar-spiced croutons, cocoa butter, and roasted pistachio. A sophisticated, spicy Añejo that delivers all-natural vibes and old-school Tequila style.
Gran Gala Triple Orange Brandy Liqueur
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fragrant orange rinds, cacao nibs, toasted almonds, orange-caramel, and lemon curd with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium body and a sleek, intricate, long finish that shows notes of hints of leather, raisins, caramel cake, and baking spices. A rich, undulating Liqueur that delivers sophisticated orange flavor for cocktails, after dinner tipples, and anytime indulging.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Debonair Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskies
93 points
$34.99
Amber color. Aromas of vanilla wafer cookies, cinnamon pastry, bavarian cream, bananas flambe, buttered sweet corn bread, and candied cherries with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length spiced graham cracker and black licorice finish. A spicy and fruit-laden bourbon in a velvety package.
93 points $34.99
Lyres Apéritif Dry Non Alcoholic Spirit
93 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange peel, violet, honey, vanilla, and hints of sesame with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length bitter lemon, cucumber, gentian, bay leaf, chamomile, and candied ginger finish. A floral, herbal, slightly bitter Spirit Alternative that will create balanced spirit-free cocktails; a refreshing offering for the moments you choose to abstain from alcohol.
Rehorst Bottled in Bond Barrel Aged Gin
93 points
$49
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, pound cake, cinnamon buttercream, lime curd, tangerine peel, and hints of leather with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish evoking notes of cracked juniper, peppercorns, cedar, and toffee finish. A rich, herbal, and tasty Barrel Aged Gin to sip on the rocks or serve in a wide array of upscale cocktails.
Don Q Reserva 7-Years Aged Rum
92 points
$24
Best Buy
Light amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried mango, triscuit crackers, ripe plantain, lime pickle, spiced orange, and vanilla gelato with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of turmeric. A rich and attractive Rum that will appeal to enthusiasts and novices alike; make stellar Daiquiris with this.
92 points $24 Best Buy
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
92 points
$33
Clear color. Aromas of lemon peel, juniper, orris root, earl grey tea, and spearmint with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long coconut and black pepper finish. A lively, somewhat floral Gin that hits every note; perfect for any classic Gin cocktail.
Black Butte Malt Whiskey
92 points
$74
Golden amber color. Aromas of candied orange, hazelnut creme, black tea, sweet licorice, and banana-clove muffin with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, subtle, long malted milk, dark chocolate, candied ginger, and peppermint finish. A complex, twisting and turning Malt Whisky with spicy, minty, creamy flavors.
RYAN’S Irish Style Cream Liqueur
91 points
$8
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas and flavors of malted milk balls, shaved chocolate on whipped cream, and Italian wedding cookies with a creamy, vibrant, sweet full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish. A pure, very balanced Cream Liqueur that invites you back sip after sip.
91 points $8 Best Buy
Somrus Coffee Cream Liqueur
91 points
$25
Best Buy
Opaque chocolate taupe color. Aromas of fresh cream, cultured butter, and chocolate cheesecake with a round, bright, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length Hershey’s Kiss, white chocolate, and cappuccino gelato finish. A rich and decadent Cream Liqueur that satisfies.
91 points $25 Best Buy
Oncore Super Premium Vodka
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cream, wet stone, hints of toasty waffle, and white pepper with a round, crisp, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length finish imparting suggestions of hints of citrus zest and almond. A rich and round Vodka that will be great in martinis, on the rocks, or any way you take it.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sunora Bacanora Pineapple Colada Cream Liqueur
90 points
$24
Opaque cream color. Aromas of fresh lemon custard, coconut milk, and creamy yogurt with a round, vibrant, sweet full body and a smooth, compelling, long fresh coconut, condensed milk, and whipped cream finish. A rich, creamy tropical treat that will be a joy mixed with vodka, coffee drinks or with aged rum.
28 Mile Gin
90 points
$32.99
Gin
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon custard, potpourri, bay leaf, lemon, allspice berries, violet candies, and cumin with a velvety, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that presents notes of cracked juniper and whipped cream. A spice-packed Gin with a luxurious texture; a natural go-to for cold weather cocktails.
90 points $32.99
Sunora Bacanora Mocha Cream Liqueur
89 points
$24
Creamy taupe color. Sweet aromas and flavors of Twix bar, caramel wafer creme cookies, praline gelato, almond cookies, and toasted barley with a thick, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a seamless, medium-long finish imparting notes of crisp waffle and creamy bread pudding with caramel. A rich, sweet and decadent Cream Liqueur for caramel lovers.
MARY Garden Herbs Low-Alcohol Botanical Blend Spirit
89 points
$29
Minutely hazy steely light green color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of herbal tea, bay leaf, turmeric, rosemary, dried apple, cinnamon, and eucalyptus with a supple, vibrant, bone-dry thin body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish that shows accents of dried bitter orange, spearmint, medicinal dried mushroom, and basil. A uniquely hued, citrus-kissed potpourri of a spirit that will play well in herbal, cold weather cocktails; low-abv lovers need apply.
Lyres Amaretti Non Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$35
Gold color. Nutty aromas and flavors of marzipan, fresh almond paste, and hints of candied cherry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish evoking overtones of candied lemon peel, cherry cooler, hints of ginger, and orange blossom finish. A tasty, candied Amaretto Substitute that delivers great concentration of flavor.
Scarabus Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
$46.70
Medium rich gold color. Inviting aromas of tar, sea spray, roasted pimento, dark chocolate, biscuit, and smoked seaweed with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, layered, long caramel latte, toffee biscuit, brownie edges, and cardamom finish. A bold, smoky Islay Single Malt with huge waves of maritime flavor and rich biscuity appeal.
88 points $46.70
Texas Ranger Peach Flavored Whiskey
87 points
$24
Gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of peach iced tea, apricot preserves, and warm pie crusts with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of toasted pecans, dried cherries, and caramel wafer cookies. A soul-warming peachy Whiskey that’s never too sweet.
Texas Ranger Coconut Pecan Flavored Whiskey
87 points
$24
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate shake, Irish cream, hazelnut buttercream, honey cake, and caramel latte with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of tea with cream and sugar. A rich, autumnal Flavored Whiskey to tuck into winter warmer cocktails.
Texas Ranger Peanut Butter Cup Flavored Whiskey
87 points
$24
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of malted milk balls, raisin toast with peanut butter, chocolate-covered caramels, spiced candied nuts, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish. A good match to coffee, pour this Whiskey in a creamy after-dinner treat.
Ballotin Peanut Butter Chocolate Flavored Whiskey
86 points
$24
Amber color. Candied aromas of crushed peanut candy, circus peanuts, milk chocolate, Butterfinger bar, and gooey caramel with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, captivating, breezy hot cinnamon candies, Frosted Mini-Wheats, and maple finish. A boozy Peanut Butter Whiskey confection that delivers nutty, caramelly flavors with warming spicy heat.
135º East Hyogo Dry Gin
86 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas of cinnamon, cedar, and candied ginger with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length roasted carrots, cracked juniper, and peppercorns finish. A mild Gin with distinctive flavors; great for cool weather cocktails.
Lyres Dark Cane Non Alcoholic Spirit
86 points
$35
Bronze color. Tropical aromas of ripe pineapple, banana-walnut cake, trail mix, leather, and coconut candies with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length pineapple in whipped cream, ripe banana, brown sugar, candied ginger, and cinnamon finish. A fun cane-like Spirit Alternative to tuck into No-ABV tropical cocktails.
Egan’s Centenary Irish Whiskey
86 points
$85.81
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of bananas flambé, molasses, lemon, and dark roasted nuts with a silky, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, sparse finish revealing notes of white peppercorn and coconut cream. A mild Rum-like Whiskey for effortless mixing.
86 points $85.81
Enchanted Rock Texas Vodka
85 points
$15
Clear color. Aromas of porridge with cream, lemon, and hint of vanilla with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a tingling, agreeable hints of baking chocolate finish. A creamy, earthy, grain-forward Vodka for craft spirits enthusiasts.
Whiskeysmith Co. Pineapple Flavored Whiskey
85 points
$24
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel drizzled pineapple, pineapple LifeSavers, ripe raspberry, pineapple taffy, and bourbon with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with nuances of roasted nuts in caramel. A tropical Whiskey treat for shooters.
Lyres Orange Sec Non Alcoholic Spirit
85 points
$35
Slivery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lemon peel, tangerine, ginger, white tea, and white peach with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length finish with suggestions of honeydew melon, marmalade, peppercorns, and bay leaf finish. A fruity, vermouth-like Spirit Alternative that delivers big flavors and refreshing acidity and heat.
Egan’s Vintage Single Grain Irish Whiskey
85 points
$40.42
Light gold color. Aromas of cafe au lait, toasted hazelnut, and toasted coconut with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long parchment, flower waters, and marzipan finish. An aperitif-style Irish Single Grain Whiskey best for beautifully garnished highballs before the meal.
85 points $40.42
di Amore Amaretto Liqueur
84 points
$12
Copper color. Nutty aromas and flavors of marzipan, amaretti cookies, cherry cola, and cream pie with a lean, soft, sweet light body and a smooth, swift finish. An Amaretto that hits all the notes.
Parrot Bay Strawberry Flavored Rum
84 points
$12.99
Clear color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple punch, coconut cream, candied banana, green apple, sweet ginger, and orange zest with a satiny, crisp, off-dry medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish. A tropical candied breeze of a sweet, fruity Rum that will be easy to mix with.
84 points $12.99
Enchanted Rock Peach Flavored Vodka
84 points
$15
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon candies, green apple, orange creamsicle, and grape soda with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A pillowy, tutti fruitti Vodka for your inner child.
Bakesale Chocolate Chip Cookie Liqueur
84 points
$18
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate wax candy with a velvety, bright, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, rapid German chocolate cake, pecan buttercream, and toasted coconut finish. A restrained chocolatey Liqueur with nice nutty undertones; slip this into coffee.
Martí Plata Rum
84 points
$18.99
Pale straw color. Aromas of coconut shell, black pepper, and hints of nutmeg with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk hints of candied pineapple finish. A mild, slightly peppery Rum for easy mixed drinks.
84 points $18.99
Martí Dorado Rum
84 points
$18.99
Gold color. Aromas of marzipan, candied cherries, vanilla-almond bark, and gingerbread cookies with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, brisk ground peppercorns and pound cakes finish. A peppery, simple Gold Rum that will work in a wide range of mixed drinks.
84 points $18.99
Whiskeysmith Co. Banana Flavored Whiskey
84 points
$24
Bright gold color. Aromas of banana candies and circus peanuts with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and an even, breezy raw nuts in caramel and banana moon pie finish. Banana candy lovers will be all over this fun Flavored Whiskey; try in chocolatey cocktails or shooters.
Seventy Two Straight Bourbon Whiskey
84 points
$39
Minutely hazy amber color. Aromas of cedar chips, grilled apples, wrapped caramels, bread and butter pickles, and chestnut honey with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length sandalwood, carob, spiced raisins, and dried banana finish. A woody, spicy craft Bourbon for cocktailing.
Lyres Apéritif Rosso Non Alcoholic Spirit
83 points
$35
Sedimentary copper color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry, grilled apples, roasted nuts, pressed flowers, allspice, and caramel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish with accents of cola, gentian, and cardamom. A vermouth-like Spirit Alternative that adds balancing bitterness to classic cocktails.
Lyres Coffee Originale Non Alcoholic Spirit
81 points
$35
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas of roasted coffee beans, condensed milk, chocolate-covered raspberry, and licorice with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, breezy lemon spritz, fructose, and cascara finish. A fruity Coffee Liqueur Alternative with rich roasty aromas.
Whiskeysmith Co. Chocolate Flavored Whiskey
80 points
$24
Murky dark amber color. Aromas of marinated mushrooms, Chinese 5-spice, cacao nibs, barley tea, and carob with a supple, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an eccentric, breezy brown sugar and candied peanuts finish. A funky, sweet Flavored Whiskey with curious umami notes.
Cousin Pete’s Small Batch Bathtub Gin
80 points
$35
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted potato, ginseng, marinated mushrooms, roasted beets, tree barks, and cologne with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish with notes of fallen orange. A boldly funky, distinctively vegetal Gin for creative cocktail play.
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