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December 2020 - Asian Spirits

December 2020 - Asian Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Asian Spirits

Asian Spirits Reviews

Muaddi Artesanal Levantine Arak
93 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of artisan licorice, sandalwood incense, dates, and soy with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, intricate, long finish that shows overtones of shortbread, taffy, and candied aniseed. A concentrated Arak with a transporting, all-natural flavor that happily lingers.
Sakurao Original Japanese Dry Gin
88 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of floral bouquet, cucumber, hints of cinnamon, licorice, and caraway with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a hot, long finish imparting notes of shredded wheat finish. A shape-shifting Gin with flavor that builds with each sip.
Sakurao Classic Japanese Dry Gin
87 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper jelly, spearmint, cinnamon, angelica, bergamot, oregano, and peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of candied orange and floral tea finish. A rock solid Gin with nice concentration of flavor and a versatile style; cocktail away!
Togouchi 15-Year-Old Japanese Blended Whisky
85 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of croissant with honey, orange marmalade, caramel, apple pie, and pink peppercorn with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length hints of dried cranberry, buttercream, coconut, spiced tea, and hazelnut finish. A nutty and mild Japanese Whisky that will play well in Manhattan-style cocktails.
Togouchi Premium Japanese Blended Whisky
84 points
Pale light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet pear drops, spumoni, honey cake, and smoked chocolate with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of lavender-scented biscuits, creamy taffy, and tea with cream. A fruity-sweet Japanese Blended Whisky with toasty, biscuity flavors.