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September 2021 - Last Call: Spirits

September 2021 - Last Call: Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Odds & Ends

Last Call: Spirits Reviews

Old Elk Sherry Cask Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
A luscious cask-finished Bourbon with layers and layers of palate-pleasing flavors.
Skip Rock Coffee Liqueur
94 points
$22
Best Buy
A very savory, umami-driven, and substantial coffee liqueur that will excel in cocktails.
Awards: 2021 Best Coffee Liqueur
94 points $22 Best Buy
Molinari Extra Sambuca
94 points
$29
A bold anise liqueur with unmistakable Sambuca style.
Limavady Single Barrel Irish Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$49
A complex Irish Single Malt with big impact and big elegance.
Awards: 2021 Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Rum
94 points
$65
A delicious, densely flavored, dry aged rum with great versatility as a sipper or in elevated cocktails.
Novo Fogo Bar Strength Silver Cachaca
93 points
$24
Best Buy
A complex, highly hedonic Cachaca with intricate layers of flavor.
Awards: 2021 Best Unaged Cachaca
93 points $24 Best Buy
Jd Shore Rum Cream Liqueur
93 points
$27
A wildly delicious cream liqueur with superbly balanced fresh creamy and delicately fruity and spicy flavors; dangerously drinkable.
Pristine Vodka
93 points
$27
A super fresh vodka with hints of citrus; a rock-solid go-to for cocktails or sipping on the rocks.
Rosa Vodka Natural Rose Water Flavored Vodka
93 points
$29.99
A dry, clean, almost neutral vodka with a very subtle hint of rose petals on the palate; while quite shy at first, each sip grows the flavor intensity. This will be a lovely vodka for elegant cocktails that need a subtle floral twist.
93 points $29.99
Novo Fogo Chameleon Cachaça
93 points
$32.99
A delicious Wood Aged Cachaca with bright grassy cane note coupled with creamy oak; a sophisticated treat on its own or in thoughtfully crafted cocktails.
Awards: 2021 Best Wood Aged Cachaca
93 points $32.99
Nova Vodka Vodka
93 points
$39
A clean and crisp vodka with an elegant style; great for any vodka cocktail, shots or sipping on the rocks.
Bombarda Rum Formidable 18 year old Rum Limited Edition Ship of the Line
93 points
$109
A fantastically rich and exotic aged pot still rum bursting with flavor; this will be triumphant as a sipper with cigars or in the very finest of top shelf cocktails.
Old Elk Cognac Cask Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
A high-octane Straight Bourbon Whiskey that delivers bold flavors and a honeyed-chocolate finish.
Old Elk Port Cask Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
A fruity, chewy, creamy Bourbon with big oak and a fun, nutty twist of cask finishing.
Whiskeysmith Co. Salted Caramel Flavored Whiskey
92 points
A soft and creamy caramel and nut whisky delight that will be great in creamy and coffee-based cocktails.
Mount Gay Eclipse Heritage Blend Rum
92 points
$22
Best Buy
A simple but rock solid rum for most any cocktail.
Awards: 2021 Best Aged Rum (Aged 3 years or less)
92 points $22 Best Buy
Satellite Spirits South Fork Vodka
92 points
$22
Best Buy
Since when can something so neutral be so, so stylish? Highly recommended for the vodka enthusiast for sipping neat, on the rocks and in fine cocktails.
92 points $22 Best Buy
Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka
92 points
$24
Best Buy
A crisp, clean and easy-drinking vodka for all manner of cocktails.
92 points $24 Best Buy
El Bandido Yankee Tequila Company Blanco Tequila
92 points
$39
Big minerality shines in this easy to enjoy Tequila; sip or mix.
Silks Irish Dry Gin
92 points
$39
A concentrated, citrus-forward Gin with big, vivid aromatics.
Mount Gay Black Barrel Double Cask Blend Rum
92 points
$45
A pure and delicious rum that will be very wide-appealing.
Emperor Private Collection Mauritius Rum
92 points
$120
A round and warming rum that shifts from a distinctively vegetal nose to a creamy and caramelized palate; very fun for cocktails.
Robbers Roost Campsite Cordial Whisky Liqueur
91 points
$24
Best Buy
A tastefully spiced whiskey that will be delicious in cocktails; try in winter warmers and tropical drinks, too.
91 points $24 Best Buy
SKYY Vodka
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
A supple, clean vodka with soft peppery heat; perfect for any cocktail and smooth enough to drink on the rocks.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kristone Vodka
90 points
$22
A simple, supple vodka that will slip into most any vodka cocktail.
Jd Shore White Rum
90 points
$23
A smooth and creamy white rum with just the right amount of tropical character; ideal for classic Daiquiris.
Awards: 2021 Best White Rum
BarBox Ready-To-Drink Blueberry Vodka Sour Cocktail
90 points
$24
Tasted on the rocks. A rich and pure dark berry and vodka treat with excellent flavor, vibrancy, and balance.
Mashbuild Bourbon Whiskey Finished in XO Cognac Barrels, Bottle B1-61
90 points
$39
A mild and mixable bourbon with a super silky vibe.
El Bandido Yankee Tequila Company Reposado Tequila
90 points
$44
A very light and delicate Reposado Tequila with big minerality and bright agave notes in balance with restrained oak.
Kirkland Signature Vodka
89 points
$18
Best Buy
A solid vodka for a wide array of cocktails, mixed drinks and beyond.
89 points $18 Best Buy
Cask House Triple Oak Rye Whiskey Finished in Oak and Bourbon Barrels
89 points
$19
Best Buy
A complex, well-matured Rye destined for sipping with excellent company.
89 points $19 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$34
A mild Blended Scotch Whisky with a nice balance of fruity and chewy grain characters.
Sisters’ 1924 London Dry Gin Batch #1
89 points
$37
A creamy, nicely balanced and understated gin for elegant cocktails.
Calirosa Rosa Blanco Tequila
89 points
$49
An intriguing looking and tasting Blanco tequila with distinctive berry notes meshed into the agave.
Bond Seven Australian Blended Whisky
88 points
$17
Best Buy
A Highland-esque Whisky with big appeal.
88 points $17 Best Buy
Havana Club Añejo Blanco Puerto Rican Rum
88 points
$19
Best Buy
A solid white rum that's just the thing for Daiquiris, Mojitos, Cuba Libres and beyond.
88 points $19 Best Buy
Method + Standard Original Vodka
88 points
$19
Best Buy
A round and creamy Vodka that will play well in cocktails; try in creamy after-dinner drinks or an espresso martini.
88 points $19 Best Buy
MoneyBag Gold Filtered Vodka
88 points
$19
Best Buy
A nice dry vodka with a peppery snap that will pop in savory cocktails.
88 points $19 Best Buy
BarBox Ready-To-Drink Margarita Cocktail
88 points
$24
Tasted on the rocks. A rock solid margarita with nice agave character throughout.
Butler Vodka
88 points
$24
A grain-forward craft Vodka that's poised yet rustic.
Middle Finger Moonshine Moonshine Corn Whiskey Batch #01.2021
88 points
$32
A clean, grain forward moonshine with a nice creamy corn character that will cut through in cocktails.
Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
A warming bourbon with classic flavors.
Whiskeysmith Co. Coconut Flavored Whiskey
87 points
A sweet, coconut-y Whiskey for shooters.
Whiskeysmith Co. Blood Orange Flavored Whiskey
87 points
Bright and appealing orange flavors shine in this mixable Whiskey.
Midnight Moon Watermelon Moonshine
87 points
$19
A fun, fruity, melon-flavored spirit that will be fun in cocktails and shooters.
Havana Club Añejo Classico Puerto Rican Rum
87 points
$21
A solid aged rum with caramel-y, tropical flavors and a hint of sweetness.
Modern Love Vodka
87 points
$23
A round and spunky Vodka for cocktails.
Bardenay London Style Dry Gin
87 points
$27
A nice herbal spicy gin for creative cocktail play.
Redmont Distilling Co. Vulcan Gin
87 points
$34
A gentle nose and spicy palate make this an easy option when cocktailing.
Whiskeysmith Co. Peach Flavored Whiskey
86 points
A vibrantly peachy whisky for fruity cocktails.
BarBox Ready-To-Drink Cosmopolitan Cocktail
86 points
$24
Tasted on the rocks. A solid Cosmo cocktail with tangy acidity.
Wayward Sons Coffee Claro Que Sim! Distilled Coffee Spirit
86 points
$29
A bold, smoky, very dry coffee-like spirit to use as a modifier in cocktails.
Green Ditch Gin
86 points
$35
Gin
A gentle and herbal gin with fresh mint character that will be delicious in shaken cocktails.
Ahoy Barrel-Aged Gin
86 points
$39
A solid Barrel Aged Gin with just a hint of barrel-rested character.
Tullibardine 12yo Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
86 points
$44
A gentle Highland Single Malt.
ABK6 Rosé Flavored Vodka
85 points
$19
A very fruity, rosy vodka for dainty summer cocktails.
Method + Standard Strawberry Flavored Vodka
85 points
$19
A fun Mango vodka for easy mixed drinks.
Bardenay 5 Year Old Limited Release Rum
85 points
$39
A brash and angular rum for punches.
Dented Brick Daddy Stump Peach Flavored Rum
84 points
A nice peach flavored rum for carefree cocktailing.
Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine
84 points
$19
A sweet cinnamon spirit for fun shots.
Redmont Distilling Co. Redmont Vodka
84 points
$23
A richer, weightier Vodka with plenty of character.
BarBox Ready-To-Drink Negroni Cocktail
84 points
$24
A bitter, aperitivo-style cocktail.
Goldstream Distillery Canadian Whisky Lot 8
84 points
$38
A sweet and smoky Canadian Whisky with a lot of character.
Calirosa Añejo Tequila
84 points
$74
An atypical Añejo with bold chocolate-y character.
Midnight Moon Blackberry Moonshine
83 points
$19
A funky, berry-flavored shooter; serve well chilled.
Midnight Moon Lightning Lemonade Moonshine
83 points
$19
A simple citrusy shooter; shake and shoot.
Jd Shore Amber Rum
83 points
$23
A candied gold rum for holiday cocktails.
Jd Shore Spiced Rum
83 points
$23
A peppery spiced rum for punches and cocktails.
Jd Shore Black Rum
83 points
$23
A sweet and candied rum for Bourbon Street-style cocktails.
BarBox Ready-To-Drink Gin Lemonade Cocktail
83 points
$24
A bitter, herbal cocktail.
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