About Specialty Spirit

About Specialty Spirit
Specialty Spirit or Distilled Spirits Specialty is a catchall category for other spirits that don't fit into other categories. According to the US TTB they are 'generally, any class and/or type of distilled spirits that contain or are treated with flavoring and/or coloring materials and/or nonstandard blending or treating materials or processes.' Examples include both domestic and international spirits that are flavored during and by distillation, versus post-distillation flavoring.

Top Picks for Specialty Spirit

Sons of Liberty Saison Ale Spirit
87 points
Amber color. Aromas of gingerbread, honeyed figs, peach tea, and pecan with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length tobacco, lime zest, menthol, and black licorice finish. A zesty spirit with loads of rye-like character; a unique sipper or craft cocktail ingredient.
87 points $44.99
Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask Edition Specialty Spirit
86 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of brandy-soaked raisins, prunes, fruit cake, and honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with impressions of cracked pepper. A fruity, peppery option for curious Cognac drinkers; a tasty cocktail modifier that will offer a spin on the classics.
Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye Whiskey
85 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of plump raisins, toasted brioche with a cinnamon swirl, dried apricots and figs, and dried banana with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length molasses, madeira cake, and gingerbread finish. A distinctive spirit with notes of dried fruit; a fun cocktail ingredient.
85 points $44.99
Charboneau Distillery Rouge Rum Specialty Spirit
83 points
Peachy golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, dried guava, durian, and bread fruit with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a tingling, engaging, breezy finish manifesting overtones of cashew apple and apple sauce finish. A funky, tropical spirit that will be fun for cocktail play.
Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey
81 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of pumpernickel bread dough, raisins, leather, tomato paste, and steamed nuts with a satiny, flat, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish revealing shades of olorosso sherry, salted cajeta, packaged fruit cake, and vermouth finish. A funky, seemingly port-influenced whiskey for those seeking something completely different.
81 points $44.99