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October 2023 - Conscious Spirits

October 2023 - Conscious Spirits
This month's Spirits feature is Conscious Spirits™. The Conscious Spirits™ review, conducted by the Beverage Testing Institute, is open to all distilled spirits that are health-, socially-, or environmentally conscious. In this special spirits review session, the experts at the Beverage Testing Institute blind tasted, reviewed, and recognized award-worthy beverage brands that make conscious efforts, including: low-to-no alcohol spirits geared towards a healthier lifestyle and/or spirit alternatives; socially-conscious brands that make the extra effort to give back to their communities either through financial donations or stewardship, and environmentally-conscious brands that are certified organic, biodynamic and have made proven efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

Conscious Spirits Reviews

Meili Vodka Batch 01
93 points
$24
Best Buy
A beautifully clean distillate that is more like a very refined white Rum or column distilled blanco Tequila with lovely green grassy flavors from the first whiff to the finish.
93 points $24 Best Buy
Sommarøy Lower Proof Gin
93 points
$30
A mild juniper style of Gin redolent with citrus, cucumber, and floral notes.
Revive Carbon Negative Gin Batch No. 1
93 points
$39
A very interesting and tasty Gin with pronounced citrus and floral notes.
Ceder’s Crisp Non-Alcoholic Spirit
91 points
$24
Best Buy
Give this a little spritz and a twist of lime because this a ready to go G&T.
91 points $24 Best Buy
Nykur Organic Vodka
91 points
$26
Crisp and clean with a lovely citrus flavor and light minerality.
Revive Carbon Negative Vodka Batch No. 1
91 points
$35
A rounded vanilla texture with just a hint of pepper and alcohol spice makes this an easy mixer and tasty shooter.
Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
90 points
$19
Best Buy
Barrel notes are present and this is really well done and quite delicious.
90 points $19 Best Buy
Ceder’s Rose Non-Alcoholic Spirit
90 points
$24
Makes a nice spritz and a delicate refresher.
Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila
90 points
$29.99
An elegant Añejo with a sweet and savory balance.
90 points $29.99
Koskenkorva Climate Action Vodka
88 points
$25
A nice clean Vodka, great for any cocktail.
Sommarøy Lower Proof Vodka
88 points
$30
A clean and easy sipping distillate with a lightly floral and peppery flavor and just a touch of heat on the finish.
Ritual Zero Proof Aperitif Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
88 points
$39
A viable Aperitif alcohol free alternative for a light Spritz cocktail.
Summum Single Estate Vodka
87 points
$19
A sweet and mildly peppery nose that is replicated on the palate with just enough heat on the finish to remind you that you are sipping Vodka.
Ceder’s Wild Non-Alcoholic Spirit
87 points
$24
A savory and slightly spicy flavor profile that will make for a solid apertif substitute.
Munyon’s Paw-Paw American Aperitif
87 points
$29
An interesting and quality aperitivo that allures you by being approachable and just outside of the standard flavor profile.
Herencia De Plata Añejo Tequila
87 points
$45
A really pleasant aged Añejo that delivers on all of the flavors that you expect for the category.
Familia Camarena Blanco Tequila
86 points
$17
A light and subtly flavored blanco for sipping or mixing.
Ceder’s Classic Non-Alcoholic Spirit
86 points
$24.99
An extremely light, ephemeral green and herbal substitute for sober cocktailing.
86 points $24.99
Free Spirits The Spirit of Tequila Non Alcoholic Spirit
86 points
$37
Smooth with a little sweet to balance and prop up the spicy component; there is a rich agave flavor that is heavily corn forward, kind of like an elote Margarita.
Aplós Arise Functional Non-Alcoholic Spirit Batch No. 2
85 points
$48
Huge green pepper nose with minimal spice and loads of complex green herb flavors on the palate; mix with ginger beer.
Cut Above Agave Blanco Non-Alcoholic Spirit
84 points
$34
Green and fruity, yet with with a rich body and texture.
Tenneyson Black Ginger Non-Alcoholic Spirit
84 points
$39
A citrus, ginger, and red fruit mocktail for an occasion of your choosing.
Aplós Calme Functional Non-Alcoholic Spirit Batch No. 13
84 points
$48
Seems like a coconut and cactus health drink that one might taste in the South West while on a vision quest.
Cut Above Gin Non-Alcoholic Spirit
83 points
$34
Already has the peppery burn of jalapeño tossed in the cocktail, so this is a good base for a spicy G&T.
Cut Above Mezcal Non-Alcoholic Spirit
83 points
$34
A little smooth, a little smoke; a nice change of pace for your average agave spirit replacer.
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