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October 2021 - Conscious Spirits

October 2021 - Conscious Spirits
This month's feature is Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Conscious Spirits Reviews

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
98 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted agave, horchata with nutmeg, roasted pineapple, pickled jalapeño, and hints of smoked kiwi with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, very long finish. A spot-on Tequila alternative that thus far, can’t be beat. Make margaritas, palomas and more and delight your guests with this non-alcoholic spirit.
Awards: 2021 Best Non Alcoholic Spirit
Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Whiskey Blend No. 002
97 points
$149
Golden amber color. Inviting, elegant aromas of kirsch, ripe fig, fine leather, caramelized mango, and spice cake with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, subtle, very long graham cracker crust, tropical fruit tart, and cafe au lait finish. Fantastic flavor integration and hints of tropical fruit make this a MAMMOTH knockout Tennessee Whiskey.
Awards: 2021 Best Tennessee Whiskey
Ish Spirits Gin-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
96 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, black pepper, fresh parsley, fresh coriander seed, and lemon zest with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish. This spirit alternative offers the classic London Dry botanical profile and satisfying perceived heat; a raging success for the category, enjoy as liberally as your heart desires.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey
95 points
$49
Golden amber color. Aromas of vanilla-almond bark, honey-roasted peanuts, ripe orange, mahogany, and hints of pine with a satiny, lively, dry medium body and a warming, elegant, very long candied cherries, dates, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, and hints of white flowers finish. A delicious Tennessee Whiskey with elegant floral nuances and seamless integration of flavors.
Uncle Nearest 11 Year 1820 Premium Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey Barrel No. US-53
95 points
$120
Golden amber color. Aromas of fine black tea, cigars, vanilla bean, lily, and speculoos cookies with a round, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, very long graham cracker crust, spice cake, chess pie, and pecan praline finish. A round, somewhat floral Tennessee Whiskey with luxurious vanilla flavor.
Ish Spirits Rum-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
$25
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of hints of copper pot still, dry spice blend, and roasted mango with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long hints of espresso bean, leather, spicy ginger, and black pepper finish. An impressive impression of pot still rum; a delight in cocktails for those choosing to abstain.
94 points $25 Best Buy
New London Light Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, ylang ylang, fresh sugar snap peas, pink grapefruit, and sage with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cucumber, melon rind, and hints of coriander. A springy, fresh-from-the-garden styled spirit alternative that’s clean, bright and stylish.
94 points $34.99
Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Tennessee Whiskey
94 points
$59
Amber color. Aromas of cajeta, nut brittle, artisan peanut butter, honey, cafe mocha, and graham cracker with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, elegant, very long caramel buttercream and vanilla bean finish. A decadent, undulating Tennessee Whiskey of great refinement.
Alquimia Reserva De Don Adolfo 6 yr Extra Añejo Tequila
94 points
$125
Gold color. Aromas of cola and sassafras floats, white chocolate cherry nut fudge, exotic spiced chai, and seared cedar and sandalwood with a silky, bright, fruity medium-full body and a sleek, complex, long horchata, dried fruits, spumoni, and chocolate nuts finish. A well-balanced extra Añejo with great drinkability and complexity.
Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Organic Vodka
93 points
$30
Clear color. Confected aromas of iced tea, spumoni, and ruby red grapefruit with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a peppery, medium-length white pepper and buttered corn bread finish. A sweet nose and peppery palate make this a solid option for fruity cocktails. Try this silky-smooth stunner in Cosmos, Vespers, Martinis and beyond.
Alquimia Single Estate Añejo Tequila
93 points
$65
Golden straw color. Aromas of fresh apples, orange peel, milk chocolate, spiced pumpkin, and mexican hot chocolate with a supple, dryish light body and a tingling, charming, medium-long nut skins and hints of eucalyptus finish. A complex and appealing Añejo Tequila with restrained oak.
Spirit of HVEN Organic Gin
92 points
$42
Clear color. Aromas of cardamom, cola, turmeric, black pepper, spearmint, and hints of juniper jelly with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish. A warmly spicy gin that will shine with other rich ingredients; try in a negroni.
Purity Signature 34 Edition Organic Vodka
90 points
$27
Clear color. Aromas of sweet porridge, peaches in cream, and almond praline with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length candied lime and white peppercorns finish. A grain-forward, character-rich vodka that offers the vodka enthusiast and cocktail creative something fresh, fun and distinctive.
Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
90 points
$28
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of mixed citrus marmalade, fresh herbs, and sweet green apple with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-length finish imparting notes of sweet tropical banana. A stylish non-alcoholic spirit that balances fruity and herbal notes in harmony.
Plume & Petal Cucumber Spritz RTD
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear color. Green aromas of cucumber puree, roasted serrano pepper, and bit of mint and herbs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-length jicama and radish, hint of lychee and apple, and spa mineral water finish. A nicely balanced, dry cucumber cocktail with good purity, carbonation, and persistence; never cloying.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Wilderton Earthen Non Alcoholic Spirit
89 points
$32
Clear color. Spicy aromas and flavors of black tea, cinnamon, sarsaparilla, carob, aniseed, molasses, and black pepper with a supple, dry light body and a warming, complex, long finish with accents of clove. A dark and moody spirit alternative with big notes of clove and carob.
The Long Drink Company Long Drink Zero Low-Calorie RTD
88 points
$2
Best Buy
Cloudy clear color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit soda and peel, geranium, and hint of spiced pineapple with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a easy diet squirt and melon with simple syrup finish. A nice lo-cal grapefruit crusher.
88 points $2 Best Buy
Dhos Gin-Free Non-Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas of vanilla frosting, orange zest, sweet almond, and peppercorns with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length wintergreen, savory herbs, ground ginger, and sweet pea finish. A dry and herbaceous spirit alternative that’s easy to mix.
Dhos Bittersweet Non-Alcoholic Aperitif
88 points
$24
Brilliant sunset orange color. Aromas of dried bitter orange peels and clay with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pithy citrus, hints of cherry stone, violet, angelica root, and hints of mint finish. A bright and bitter aperitivo-style spirit alternative with a stunningly vivid hue.
Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$28
Bright copper color. Aromas of brown sugar, palm sugar, sweet gingerbread, marzipan, and hone-wheat scone with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long sweet spiced pumpkin custard, toasty pie crusts, and dense spice cake finish. A rich and spicy rum alternative to slip into pineapple-kissed punches and more.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Blanco Agave Spirit
88 points
$32
Clear color. Grassy aromas of roasted spiced citrus and nuts, grass and paraffin, peppered honeycomb, and coleman’s fuel with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, amusing, long coconut and almond milks, hot copper, pepper, and vanilla wafer finish. An interesting moonshine-like agave spirit for punches and high-octane adventuresome cocktails.
Wilderton Lustre Non Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$32
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of turmeric, sandalwood, cedar, black tea, hints of hazelnut, and dried citrus peels with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish. A dry, spicy and tea-like gin alternative.
Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus Non-Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lettuce, grapefruit zest, lime, and sesame with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish. A mastiha-like spirit alternative with gentle fresh vegetal aromas that are simple to mix in a variety of cocktails.
88 points $34.99
ABK6 Organic Vodka
87 points
$18
Brilliant clear color. Minerally aromas of wet porcelain, powdered milk, and almond skin with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long papaya, strawberries in cream, and pepper finish. A nice creamy, fruity vodka with a warming tingle; great choice for fruity cocktails.
Vera Spirits Non Alcoholic Aperitif Spirit
87 points
$22
Dusty fuchsia color. Aromas and flavors of geranium, dried raspberry, compressed watermelon, rooibos tea, and intense rosemary with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, long finish that exhibits suggestions of bay leaf. A bold and bittersweet spirit alternative with a vivid herbal backbone; pretty hue, fierce flavor.
Purity Estate 17 Reserve Organic Vodka
87 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas of cream of wheat, hints of peach cobbler, cream, and white whiskey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length finish. A hint of fruity sweetness makes this vodka an effortless sipper or mixer.
Origin Organic Vodka
86 points
$17
Clear color. Aromas of caramel cheesecake and vanilla wafers with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-length finish. A creamy, character-rich vodka with a peppery finish.
Animal Love Tahiti Dark Rum
86 points
$22
Gold color. Confected aromas of baked pineapple, shaved coconut, fruit punch, and vanilla with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, brisk cracked pepper and ’nilla wafer finish. A friendly rum with big aromas of coconut.
Dhos Orange Non-Alcoholic Liqueur
86 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of orange dreamsicle, creamy taffy, and cotton candy with a satiny, crisp, off-dry light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying accents of subtle hints of coriander and black pepper. A sweet, citrusy and vanilla-centric spirit alternative; easy to mix and enjoy.
Animal Love Tahiti Vanilla Rum
85 points
$22
Dark amber color. Aromas of berry popsicle and sangria with a supple, crisp, sweet light body and a polished, amusing, medium-length dulce de leche gelato, sassafras, creme brulee, mixed berry jam, and nutty pancakes finish. A sweet, fruity and spicy flavored rum to kick up your cola.
Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
85 points
$28
Dusty pale mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of creamy caramel candies, autumnal candle shop, banana bread, and circus peanuts with a supple, dryish light body and a peppery, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of raisin bread pudding and ginger snaps. An oaky, whiskey alternative with a butterscotch-like aroma.
Suyo Single-Origin Pisco
85 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas of pressed flowers, fruit cup, cucumber agua fresca, and banana with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, carefree pear jam, hints of dried cherry, and malt finish. A silky smooth pisco for effortless cocktails.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Reposado Agave Spirit
83 points
$35
Pale straw color. Aromas of apple jelly, flaky pastry, hints of clove, and orange with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk finish. A light, bright and slightly toasty spirit for fruity cocktails.
Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn Non Alcoholic Spirit
83 points
$36.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of wet herbs, wintergreen, green smoothie, and thyme with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a polished, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of celery leaf. A green and herbaceous spirit alternative for fresh-from-the-garden cocktails.
83 points $36.99
Bax Botanics Verbena Non Alcoholic Spirit
83 points
$36.99
Clear color. Aromas of wintergreen, rooibos tea, cinnamon, hay, and raisins with a soft, dry light body and a silky, appealing, medium-length green smoothie and hints of ginger finish. A funky and tea-like spirit alternative with notes of greens and baking spices.
83 points $36.99
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