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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
$43
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
$69
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
$48
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
$189
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
$49
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.
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