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
$44.99
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
$40
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
$44.99
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
$40
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
$44.99
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