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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
Creamy almond white color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spice egg nog with nutmeg with a creamy, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and an even, appealing, long finish evoking notes of egg nog gelato, horchata, and white chocolate toffee. 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
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of violet blossom, hints of caraway, tarragon, dark chocolate, and ground ginger with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, involved, long allspice, caramel, cinnamon swirl brioche, and dried cherry finish. 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
Creamy orange pink color. Attractive, spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust and whipped cream and gingerbread cookie with a creamy, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish that shows accents of pumpkin chai latte, spicy carrot cake a la mode, and banana bread. 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
Bright gold color. Inviting, funky aromas and flavors of molasses, burnt sugar, roasted mango, chocolate-orange, and sweet pea blossom with a round, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with nuances of dark chocolate-dipped licorice and bananas foster. 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
Highclere Castle Gin
92 points
$39
Gin
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of juniper jelly, lemon zest, candied ginger, cinnamon candies, coriander, and peppercorns with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, long finish with suggestions of lemon custard and coriander marmalade. A classic, boldly spiced gin that delivers a versatile flavor profile for all your cocktail needs.
Tanduay 16 Year and 5 Year Double Rum
91 points
$49
Copper color. Aromas of brown sugar, cola, sweet lemon, raisins, and ’nilla wafer with a slightly chewy, sweet full body and a warming, medium-length cherry candies and root beer finish. A rich and candied rum that packs a wallop of flavor; great for mixed drinks.
Bartender’s Trading Co. Espresso Martini Ready-To-Drink Cocktail
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Brown black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate espresso beans, fresh brewed coffee with hazelnut cream, and honey greek yogurt with a glycerous, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish revealing accents of toffee and coffee and nut gelato. 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
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, cherry concentrate, amaretto, and hints of maple-walnut confection with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of clove and chai latte. 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
Gold color. Confected aromas of ginger ale, tropical fruit candies, cherry slushie, and frozen coke with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length roasted nuts and caramel cream candies finish. 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
Clear color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted grain, nuts and coconut, pumpernickel toast, and hint of citrus and fig marmalade with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of sunflower and spelt bread toasts and peppered radishes. 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
Salmon red color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ruby grapefruit pulp and zest, toffee, and candied yams with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that presents accents of grapefruit sorbet, italian lemon ice and lemonade with extra rind, caramel cream, and pink pepper. A very tasty and balanced Paloma.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Western Reserve Distillers Original Organic Vodka
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of coconut water, macadamia nougat, slate, and toasted marshmallow with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, stimulating, long finish evoking accents of sweet cream and radish. A delightfully textured vodka with a lovely hint of tropicality.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Peppermint Bark Cream Liqueur
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Slivery straw color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla peppermint bark, sweet cream, and hint of clove with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of candy cane, peppermint ice cream, and hint of cardamom and lavender. 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
Clear color. Aromas of butterscotch and lanolin with a lean, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, breezy hints of white sugar, chamomile and minerals finish. 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
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of amarena cherries, hazelnut-chocolate spread, toasted marshmallow, vanilla-bean, nutmeg, and honey with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with shades of honey-corn bread, candied aniseed, and apricots in syrup. 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
Clear color. Inviting aromas and flavors of vanilla gelato, hints of spiced corn bread, milk chocolate, and marshmallow with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of vanilla steamer and coconut cream. A creamy, vanilla-centric rum that’s silky-smooth and easy-drinking.
87 points $17.99
Tanduay Silver Asian Rum
87 points
$19
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream soda, lemon-lime candies, tropical fruit slushie, and lemon balm with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish with elements of pineapple candies. 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
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana bread and hints of licorice with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length finish that shows nuances of honey oats, spiced tea, and hints of fudge. A lighter, malty bourbon that places grain flavor front-and-center.
Waterford Nas Biodynamic Luna 1.1 Irish Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$123
Gold color. Aromas of dandelion, chrysanthemum, and sourdough crisps with a lean, soft, dry light body and a medium-length raisin bran, allspice, and honey-wheat scone finish. A shy Irish Single Malt that is a nice introduction to the category.
Waterford The Cuvee Nas Irish Single Malt Whiskey
86 points
$101
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered sourdough, pickled sultana, and hints of coffee with a supple, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of honey, roast peach, toothsome pie crusts, and persimmon. An interesting, complex Irish Single Malt that’s a bit demure on the nose, but explodes into a fruity, flavorful spirit on the palate.
Especia Pilipinas Spiced Rum
85 points
$19
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie, maple-coconut cookies, hazelnut latte, gingerbread, and fig with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish manifesting accents of egg nog. A festive spiced rum perfect for winter warmer cocktails.
Ron Cihuatan Indigo 8 Year Old Aged Rum
85 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Candied aromas of cream soda, cake batter, toasted marshmallow, coconut flakes, and dr. pepper with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length caramel, candied nuts in banana bread, and hints of espresso finish. 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
Golden amber color. Aromas of cinnamon, hints of anise, maple, lime leaf, roast plantain, and pickled pineapple with a supple, off-dry medium body and a warming, involved, medium-long orange marmalade, caramelized mango, and cola finish. A complex, palate-pleasing rum that will bring dimension to cocktails.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Reposado Agave Spirit
84 points
$35
Gold color. Aromas of caramel corn, hints of baking spices, and cinnamon candle with an oily, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, intriguing, medium-length banana candies, butterscotch sauce, and hints of red bean finish. A creamy spirit with sweet oak flavors.
Western Reserve Distillers Organic Silver White Rum Batch 008
83 points
$26
Clear color. Aromas of roasted nuts, bananas, hints of bourbon barrel, candied citrus, and petrol with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long butterscotch and roasted apples with raisins finish. A character-rich, flavorful white rum with an American Craft philosophy in its heart.
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