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December 2021 - Chicago Indie Spirits Awards

December 2021 - Chicago Indie Spirits Awards
This month's feature is the Chicago Indie Spirits Awards

Chicago Indie Spirits Awards Reviews

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog Cream Liqueur
94 points
$10
Best Buy
A richly spiced, creamy and balanced egg nog liqueur that is a delight to drink.
Awards: 2021 Chicago Indie Spirits Awards - Best Liqueur
94 points $10 Best Buy
Western Reserve Distillers 6 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey Barrel 20-0083
94 points
$43
A very nice Rye whiskey that nails the style; enjoy neat, on the rocks or in your favorite classic cocktails.
Pennsylvania Dutch Pumpkin Spice Cream Liqueur
92 points
$12
Best Buy
A wonderfully expressive and balanced pumpkin pie spiced cream liqueur that is sure to be a hit.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Amrut Two Indies Rum Btl No. 9
92 points
$24
Best Buy
A rock-solid pot still-like rum that nails the style; flavorful, well-integrated, and smooth-sipping.
Awards: 2021 Chicago Indie Spirits Awards - Best Rum
92 points $24 Best Buy
Bartender’s Trading Co. Espresso Martini Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$12
Best Buy
A very tasty, purely flavored and instantly appealing Black Russian.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Amrut Deluxe Old Port Rum Barrel No. 20
90 points
$19
Best Buy
A bold, spicy rum with rich flavors of fruit, baking spices and nuts.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Tanduay Gold Asian Rum
90 points
$19
Best Buy
A flavorful, candied rum that will work in lots of tropical cocktails.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Western Reserve Distillers Vodka Batch 005
90 points
$28
A fun grain-forward, character-rich vodka for robust cocktails; should appeal to whisky drinkers.
Bartender’s Trading Co. Paloma Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
89 points
$12
Best Buy
A very tasty and balanced Paloma.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Peppermint Bark Cream Liqueur
88 points
$14
Best Buy
A rock solid peppermint cream liqueur that is sure to please at holiday festivities.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Blanco Agave Spirit
88 points
$32
Herbal, grassy and full of life, this brings an earthy honesty to the table.
Moon’s Best Straight Rye Whiskey Batch 1 Barrel 3 Bottle 206
88 points
$45
Enjoy bold aromas of candied cherries and a licorice-like finish in this atypically fruity Rye that instantly accessible.
Ron Cihuatan Jade 4 Year Old White Rum
87 points
$17.99
A creamy, vanilla-centric rum that's silky-smooth and easy-drinking.
87 points $17.99
Tanduay Silver Asian Rum
87 points
$19
A fruity, tropical rum that will blend well in warm weather cocktails.
Western Reserve Distillers 3 Year Old Organic Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrel 2
87 points
$42
A lighter, malty bourbon that places grain flavor front-and-center.
Waterford Nas Biodynamic Luna 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$123
A shy Irish Single Malt that is a nice introduction to the category.
Waterford The Cuvee Nas Irish Single Malt Whiskey
86 points
$101
An interesting, complex Irish Single Malt that's a bit demure on the nose, but explodes into a fruity, flavorful spirit on the palate.
Ron Cihuatan Indigo 8 Year Old Aged Rum
85 points
$24.99
A sweet, candied and spicy rum that's an easy-drinker.
85 points $24.99
Ron Cihuatan Cinabrio 12 Year Old Aged Rum
84 points
$34
A complex, palate-pleasing rum that will bring dimension to cocktails.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Reposado Agave Spirit
84 points
$35
A creamy spirit with sweet oak flavors.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Silver White Rum Batch 008
83 points
$26
A character-rich, flavorful white rum with an American Craft philosophy in its heart.
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