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October 2023 - Last Call Spirits

October 2023 - Last Call Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Last Call Spirits

Last Call Spirits Reviews

Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. C923
96 points
$59
Seemingly both intense and reserved at the same time with rich and complex with lingering flavors that go on forever; would like to pair with some pecan pie a la mode and a fine cigar.
Old Potrero 6 Year Old Copper Pot Still Straight Rye Whiskey
96 points
$65
Sweet and earthy with rich baking spices and showing youthful grains without a traditional Rye pepper bite; exotic and intriguing.
Bhakta Spirits Blended Straight Rye Whiskey, Calvados, and Armagnac
96 points
$69
Richly spiced apple flavor that conjures memories of very old Calvados paired with a full bodied Nicaraguan cigar.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch No. C923
96 points
$74.99
Hot and dense but damn this is tasty Whiskey; sip with friends and loved ones that know about Whiskey or to open the eyes and nostrils of that newbie that doesn't know what they got themselves into.
96 points $74.99
Bhakta Spirits Armagnac Cask Finished Jamaican Rum
96 points
$500
Don't let the ABV fool you, this is as approachable and delightful as any high proof Rum can be; a classy spirit that will only continue to evolve from a little water.
Songbird Goldfinch Sauternes Cask-Finished Gin
95 points
$39
A high quality sipper all alone but light enough with beautiful floral and citrus notes to be used in some complex traditional Gin applications.
Tamar Arabian Dates Gin
95 points
$42
Uniquely pleasant with limitless potential cocktail applications; the strong spiced dried fruit aroma and flavor is undeniably delicious.
Wolcott Rickhouse Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Series #0182
95 points
$42
Holds the ABV very well and has a rich roasted caramel nut aroma and flavor.
Bernheim Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey Batch No. B923
95 points
$64
An exceptional intensity and purity of sweet pastry flavors and balanced ABV make for a stellar dram.
Cazcanes No.7 Reposado Tequila Batch No. R72302
95 points
$99
A reposado that borders on Añejo, with the big barrel flavors of vanilla and butterscotch but the bright spicy and herbal notes of the agave persist from the first nosing through the finish.
Beattie’s Distillers Peppermint & Vanilla Flavored Vodka
94 points
$19
Best Buy
The added flavors complement the base spirit; this would be excellent in a creamy cocktail, like a mint chocolate Espresso Martini.
94 points $19 Best Buy
The Ozark Mountain DareDevils Ozark Dry Gin
94 points
$29
A lovely and complex Gin with a bit of London Dry character dashed with some Old Tom and cinnamon barrel spiced aspects; delicious and fun.
Liberator Barrel Aged Old Tom Gin Batch No. 57
94 points
$41
Just a wonderfully complex sipper that will hopefully help make the style more popular; loaded with warm winter baking spices.
Remus Highest Rye 6 Year Aged Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$54.99
A very tasty Bourbon that is showing sweet, candied notes; great to pair in a cocktail, with coffee, or with cigars.
94 points $54.99
Cazcanes No.7 Blanco Tequila Batch No. B72301
94 points
$74
Starts off a bit subdued on the nose but as you sit with the glass and allow the spirit to evaporate off your palate there is an elegant subtlety to the depth and complexity of flavors.
Rare Character 7 Year Old Single Barrel Series Selected By East Texas Whiskey Club Cask-Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$89
Loaded with sweet cinnamon this is a complex little sipper with a lingering finish that never stops.
Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey
94 points
$89
Hot honey here with sweetness and spicy character all in balance and holding the ABV very well; not for the faint of heart but stellarly executed.
Morris Rutherglen Muscat Barrel-Finished Australian Single Malt Whiskey
94 points
$104
Incredible array of fruit on the nose and palate while maintaining grain flavors and barrel spices; very tasty and, more importantly, deftly balanced flavors.
Jefferson’s Tropics Aged In Humidity Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
94 points
$110
A beautiful sipper laden with dried fruits and flaky pastries on the nose with a surprisingly light palate for the ABV.
Uncle Nearest Master Whiskey Blend Edition Tennessee Whiskey Blend No. 017
94 points
$149
Good ol' Tennessee Whiskey giving Kentucky a run for its money; big, rich, bold, and packed with flavor without losing focus.
Rebel Bourbon Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
A delicious high quality Bourbon; an easy sipper to be enjoyed liberally.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Pedro Mandinga Raspadura Caramelized Cane Juice Silver Rum
93 points
$25
Best Buy
A lithe and refreshing white Rum that will make a beautiful Daiquiri or Mojito.
93 points $25 Best Buy
Seven Sons Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$27.99
Youthful and very woody; smells rather like sipping a spicy tea while walking through a grove of aspens.
93 points $27.99
Abre Ojos Blanco Tequila
93 points
$30
An excellent all purpose Blanco with enough flavor and character to sip.
Slainte Smooth Blend Irish Blended Whiskey
93 points
$34
A youthful Irish blend that balances sweet grain with some vibrant spices.
Dented Brick Limited Edition Barrel Finished Gin
93 points
$39
Really rich and tasty with big barrel flavors and spices with just a bit of peppery heat and juniper lingering on the finish.
The Sassenach Wild Scottish Gin
93 points
$39
An excellent Gin modeled on the London Dry style, with a bit more fruit to cater to a larger range of palates.
Minor Case Sherry Cask-Finished Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$39.99
Deep and rich honeyed rye that reminds one of decently aged Rye Whiskey coming from Europe.
93 points $39.99
Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$39.99
Tasty and warming with a beautiful salted caramel aroma and flavor.
93 points $39.99
The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Bourbon-Cask Finished Single Malt Whiskey
93 points
$42.99
A delicious rich and nutty Single Malt with nice tones of honeyed fruit.
93 points $42.99
Cambio Blanco Tequila
93 points
$49
Really rich and complex umami flavors stand out in this bright and funky Tequila.
Mayor Pingree 5 Year Aged Alina Red Label Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$49
A lovely young Whiskey that will grow in complexity with more time in barrel but currently shows beautiful aromas of sweet corn, caramel, and smoldering oak.
Sapiens Blanco Tequila
93 points
$49
Solid higher end Blanco for elevated cocktails but will be right at home as a sipper or premium shooter.
Smokehead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$49
Smoky without being too over the top, this Whiskey still has prominent fruit flavors and a rich sweetness.
Dos Primos Reposado Tequila
93 points
$49.99
Agave forward flavors mingled with a delicate balance of baking spices and vanilla from the barrel.
93 points $49.99
James Asian Parsnip Gin Batch 002
93 points
$56
Earthy, floral, savory, and umami laden this is a fascinating Gin with rich, beautiful, earthy flavor.
Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey
93 points
$59
A totally toasty, tasty barrel forward Whiskey that deftly hides the higher proof and the rye spice until the finish.
Carpathian Feteasca Neagra Cask-Finished Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$59.99
Fruit, chocolate, and nuts on top of the sweet grain make this an incredibly pleasing style of Whiskey.
93 points $59.99
Carpathian Amarone Cask-Finished Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$59.99
Smells and tastes remarkably like a good Highland malt; very tasty and well executed.
93 points $59.99
Carpathian Madeira Cask-Finished Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$59.99
Chocolate, roasted nuts, and dried red fruits; this is just delightful and will complement a cigar quite well.
93 points $59.99
Hirsch The Bivouac Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$60
A lovely Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon with a rich nutty character accented with chocolate and mint.
Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 061 Tennessee Whiskey
93 points
$79
Nice and complex with a pleasing balance of roasted nuts, spice, and mint.
MacLeod’s 15 Year Old Sherry Cask-Finished Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
93 points
$99
Something about this is just like the Scotch version of comfort food; it's warming, delicious, and just right.
El Mayor Extra Añejo Tequila
93 points
$99.99
Light and candy-like but with tons of barrel expression and whispers of grass and agave floating in the background letting you know you're definitely still dealing with Tequila.
93 points $99.99
Remus Repeal Reserve Series VII Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93 points
$99.99
Rich, sweet, and candied this is just delightful; high quality Bourbon that is made to be opened.
93 points $99.99
Seis Puertas Añejo Tequila
93 points
$119
Rich and barrel forward aromas and flavors with some savory umami notes characteristic of a respectably aged Agave.
Uncle Nearest Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey Blend No. 001
93 points
$149
A smooth, long and winding ride down a wide rye road of earthy, grainy, and spicy flavors; pack your bags.
Mayor Pingree 6 Year Aged Green Label Small Batch Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
93 points
$240
This is quite special with loads of cinnamon, pepper, and black chocolate; add a few drops of water to watch it open up.
Duncan Taylor 30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$249
Smells and tastes of a well crafted blend of barrels, and the best type of slight rancio age.
Grassotti Vermouth Di Torino Rosso
92 points
$15
Best Buy
A quality sipper with the right mix of complexity to be especially good in a Negroni.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Gallant Vodka
92 points
$18
Best Buy
An underlying character of sweet nuttiness with hints of creamy citrus and vanilla shine in this Vodka.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Vegas Baby Vodka
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
A lovely combination of fruit, creaminess, and acidity keeps this Vodka very palate friendly.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Jackson Morgan JM deLight Lemon Icebox Cream Liqueur
92 points
$22
Best Buy
Liquified lemon cream pie shots; a great guilty pleasure.
92 points $22 Best Buy
Green Ditch Gin
92 points
$35
Gin
A beautiful aroma of fresh spring vegetable garden; would make an excellent cocktail Gin.
Songbird Mockingbird Old Tom Style Gin
92 points
$35
A complex mix of fruits and savory spices with a delightful honeyed grain tone.
Saigon Fruit Punch Vodka
92 points
$40
Use in fruity or tropical cocktails and tasty enough to sip on its own over ice.
Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$45
Youthful and apple pastry forward; a soft, supple, and incredibly easy drinking Bourbon.
Bacan Guaro Aguardiente 24
92 points
$47
Light and licorice-y, a fun smooth spirit for light sipping and chilling out with.
FEW Single Barrel Bottled-In-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 points
$54
Just a well aged and solid Bourbon for any reason or occasion.
Dos Primos Añejo Tequila
92 points
$54.99
A very nice Añejo Tequila with lots of tasty flavors; smooth, sippable, delightful.
92 points $54.99
Pedro Mandinga Cacao Liqueur
92 points
$56
A very pleasing dark roast cocoa flavor; mix into an Espresso Martini.
Cambio Reposado Tequila
92 points
$59
Loaded with baked fruit, vanilla, and pastry flavors; tasty and will likely appeal to your Bourbon drinking friends that are getting into agave spirits.
D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac
92 points
$60
A very well executed blend of aromas and flavors with a silky mouth feel and an elongated finish.
Morris Rutherglen Signature Australian Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$75
Rich and fruited this is just damn good Single Malt.
Louis Royer XO Cognac Brandy
92 points
$159
A very good and well balanced sipper with enough nuance to keep you coming back for more.
D’USSÉ XO Cognac
92 points
$250
Classic sipper with dessert or to pair with a medium bodied cigar; this tastes rich and old.
Savoia Americano Rosso Sweet Vermouth
91 points
$25
Best Buy
A sweet and heady Vermouth that will add a delicately floral punch to a Manhattan.
91 points $25 Best Buy
Valentine White Blossom Flavored Vodka
91 points
$29
A heady citrus blossom perfume that goes from start to finish.
Amaro Y Arroyo Bitter Liqueur
91 points
$36
A lovely digestif that will adapt well in cocktail modifications.
Beattie’s Distillers Navy Strength Gin
91 points
$39
A tasty, lightly spiced Gin in the model of a London Dry.
Sueño De Atzo Blanco Tequila
91 points
$50
Very pleasantly green, vegetable, and savory; a great way to get into blanco Tequila.
Pedro Mandinga Geisha Coffee Rum
91 points
$56
Tastes like Rum and tastes like coffee without being overly sweet; use in a White Russian.
Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
91 points
$79
A smoky Scotch with a green and herbal tone; kind of like an extra Añejo Mezcal.
Whiskey Jypsi Legacy Blended Whiskey Batch No. 001
91 points
$199
A confectionary delight as this is a really tropical Whiskey in a very delicious way.
Valentine Small Batch Vodka
90 points
$29
A beautifully light and neutral Vodka that will easily mix with almost anything and go down smooth as a shooter.
YELLOWSTONE Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90 points
$39.99
A solid, youthful, everyday Bourbon for sipping or mixing.
90 points $39.99
Nordés Gin
90 points
$51
Gin
Exceedingly well executed and very perfumed, so be intentional with your cocktail applications.
MacLeod’s 12 Years Old Sherry Cask-Finished Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
90 points
$69
A rock solid Single Malt with light sherry cask influence; exactly what you want and expect.
Isle Of Skye 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$84
Subtle but delicately nuanced pleasure for sipping neat as the intricacies could be easily lost or overwhelmed if mixed.
Widow Jane Lucky Thirteen Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch #33
90 points
$109
Some young barrels in here and particularly some young rye but there are lovely layers of complexity and delicious grain flavors that make it all worthwhile.
Seven Sons Straight Bourbon Whiskey
89 points
$27.99
A solid, youthful Bourbon for mixing, sipping on ice, or the occasional shooter.
89 points $27.99
Swear Jar Canadian Whisky
89 points
$30
A very nice all purpose Canadian Whisky with enough flavor and oomph to be sipped neat.
Don Roberto Double Cask Reposado Tequila
89 points
$39
Loads of big barrel and vanilla flavors here for those that are transitioning from Whiskey.
Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennesee Whiskey
89 points
$49
A very nice Whiskey for all occasions but has a particular appeal for application in a Hot Toddy.
Isle Of Skye 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
89 points
$57
Sumptuous honeyed apricot and salted, roasted nuts prance on the nose and linger on the palate.
Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey
89 points
$59
The proof really allows this Whiskey to cut through some of the sweetness allowing for a very round palate experience.
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. Tangerine Dream Sparkling Rum Cocktail
88 points
$12.99
A charming Orange Julius cocktail for any occasion that gives the illusion of a few minutes beach side.
88 points $12.99
Martini & Rossi Fiero LAperitivo
88 points
$17
Best Buy
A solid sipper but something about this really makes you want to pair it with a smoky Islay Scotch for a Rob Roy or perhaps a Blood & Sand.
88 points $17 Best Buy
Duncan Taylor 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$24
Delicate yet with layers of complexity and enough power to be enjoyed on its own; should play well in cocktails and in particular would like to try with some coconut water.
Painted Donkey Reposado Tequila
88 points
$24
Some flan with extra vanilla awaits you in this reposado.
El Mayor Blanco Tequila
88 points
$26.99
A very nice salty minerality leads the way with some citrus to compliment; feels like it was made for a Margarita.
88 points $26.99
Songbird Original Dry Gin
88 points
$29
A very pleasant London Dry style Gin with a little extra floral lift.
Still Haven 5 Year Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
88 points
$34
Rock solid and a good young Whiskey.
9north 8 Year Old Añoso 8 Rum
88 points
$39
Fruity with nice spice and restrained alcohol burn for the proof; a little sweet and a little spicy way to end the day... or start it.
Fifty Star American Single Malt Whiskey
88 points
$39
Youthful on the nose with a bit of heat but this also shows a lot of potential for the category and will please those that like the taste of barley.
Louis Royer VSOP Cognac Brandy
88 points
$42
Very red fruit forward with splashes of citrus, cocoa, and vanilla; a very nice and well rounded VSOP for all occasions.
Don Roberto Cincuenta Y Cinco Blanco Tequila
88 points
$44
Strong rich agave flavors lead, which given the higher proof will be an excellent base for cocktails yet refined enough to enjoyed neat.
Wolfie’s Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$44
Rich dried red fruits and nuts on the nose and palate mixed with baking spices.
Barrowman’s Grand Cru 18 Year Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
88 points
$57
A tasty blend of flaky pastries and lightly dried fruits and berries.
Santo Añejo Tequila
88 points
$74
A delicately aged Añejo with just enough barrel flavor to compliment the underlying earthy and herbaceous qualities of the agave.
Grassotti Vermouth Di Torino Dry
87 points
$15
Best Buy
A nice Italian style Vermouth with vibrant herbs and pleasing citrus that will be solid in classic cocktail applications.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Sask Prairie Whisky
87 points
$21
A nice workhorse everyday Canadian blended Whisky for cocktailing.
Painted Donkey Blanco Tequila
87 points
$22
An earthy and enticing nose and palate makes this a serviceable blanco for any back bar.
Cylinder Vodka
87 points
$24
A very light and fun Vodka with a delicately citrus twist.
Ezra Brooks 99 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$24.99
A sweet, youthful Bourbon with a nice spicy and earthy essence of rye.
87 points $24.99
Swear Jar 6 Year Old Maple Donut Flavored Canadian Whisky
87 points
$25
Decadent butterscotch, maple, toffee, and caramel flavors for dessert in your glass.
9north 4 Year Old Carta Blanca White Rum
87 points
$29
A lovely white Rum loaded with tropical aromas that seems ideal for a Daiquiri.
Valentine Berry Blossom Flavored Vodka
87 points
$29
A red berry and citrus explosion on the nose.
King Robert II 15 Year Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
87 points
$30
A very nice blended Scotch that can be sipped alone as well as enjoyed in a Highball.
Louis Royer VS Cognac Brandy
87 points
$32
Lively and fruity, exactly what you want from a young Cognac.
Painted Donkey Añejo Tequila
87 points
$32
Vanilla dessert and Tequila together; an ideal birthday shot for those with a sweet tooth.
9north 3 Year Old Especiado Spiced Rum
87 points
$34
Bittersweet enough to be enjoyed alone or mixed with something as simple as Coke or as complex as a cigar.
Lazy River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
87 points
$37
A soft and approachable Bourbon that is almost as light on the palate as Irish Whiskey or Canadian Whisky.
Citrus Distillers 2 Year Aged Small Batch Corn Whiskey
87 points
$44
Corn sweetness without the harshness of new make; very easy to mix with or shoot.
Bacan Guaro Aguardiente 29
87 points
$49
So light and delicate on the palate with a mild anise sweetness and pleasantly refreshing mint flavor.
YELLOWSTONE American Single Malt Whiskey
87 points
$54.99
Powerful, earthy, and woody; like AI designed a spirit to smell like leather, wood, and whiskey.
87 points $54.99
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. Pineapple Splash Sparkling Rum Cocktail
86 points
$12.99
A kaleidoscope of fruit candy flavors from your youth are all here in one beverage.
86 points $12.99
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. Island Pop Sparkling Rum Coctail
86 points
$12.99
A light fruity soda that has a kick to it.
86 points $12.99
Rio Rosalita Margarita
86 points
$14
Best Buy
A tart and bright cocktail ready made for a summer day.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Duncan Taylor Five Star Blended Scotch Whisky
86 points
$17
A nice light and crisp fruited Scotch that will appeal to Irish Whiskey drinkers and others looking to begin their Scotch journey.
Sailboat Dark Rum
86 points
$21
A very solid and approachable youthful Rum that can sipped alone but will shine in a variety of cocktail applications.
Sailboat Spiced Rum
86 points
$21
Lightly spiced and sweet; tasty, approachable, and easy drinking.
Olde Tyme Spirits Apple Brandy Batch No. 01-21
86 points
$55
A nice spiced brandy with an apple essence and a tingling mouthfeel.
Sueño De Atzo Extra Añejo Tequila
86 points
$120
Very rich and earthy with waves of warming spices.
Painted Donkey Grapefruit Flavored Tequila
85 points
$22
Grapefruit, sugar, and some agave flavors are all present and accounted for.
Painted Donkey Pineapple Flavored Tequila
85 points
$22
A nice sippable pineapple flavored Tequila; bachelorette party worthy.
Painted Donkey Watermelon Flavored Tequila
85 points
$22
Like watermelon bubblegum soaked in Tequila with the end result being sweet but not half bad.
Casa Salvia Botanical Gin
85 points
$27
Fruity and floral, this is a solid Gin with a nice boutique of botanicals on the nose and palate.
Victoria Indigo Gin
85 points
$28
A beautiful color addition to cocktails with a pleasing citrus note laced with sweet anise.
Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co. Cherry Kola Chill Sparkling Rum Cocktail
84 points
$12.99
A mild, cherry flavored hard seltzer that goes well with lazy days on the beach.
84 points $12.99
Pango Rhum Fruit Flavored Rum
84 points
$18
A fun little Rum with lots of sweet candied apple flavor.
Painted Donkey Lime Flavored Tequila
84 points
$22
Candied lime flavor but balanced sugar content; hit it with soda and you've got a quick, easy cocktail.
Swear Jar 6 Year Old Candied Green Apple Flavored Canadian Whisky
84 points
$25
The sugar really helps to smooth the palate and actually finishes with a long and pleasant enough green apple flavor.
Olde Tyme Spirits Apricot Aged Brandy Batch No. 01-21
84 points
$65
From sipping away at the fruity flavors to mixing into your next sidecar, this is a fun change of pace.
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