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By: Blue Lifestyle

94 Jack Daniel’s Sour Mash Whiskey, USA ($20)

Rich amber color; smooth and toasted with notes of vanilla; silky and rich, long and balanced; lush and intense. long and rich; a gorgeous new iteration from America’s top whiskey brand.

89 St. Agrestis Negroni, USA ($25)

Deep red color; herbal nose; herbal. silky and lush with spice; sweet and needing to be dryer; sweet, silky and smooth; needs more dry gin.

92 Laughing Glass Firecracker, USA ($16)

Blanco tequila and orange with some serious heat; you can add more or just drink it as is; That would be just fine; another exciting product from these talented ladies.

93 Bols Genever, Netherlands ($39)

The original gin, imported from Holland; smooth spicy, creamy with rich and balanced flavors; this product won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

93 George Dickel Original Tennessee Whisky No. 12, USA ($20)

Medium amber color; lush nose, smooth, silky and toasty with tangy flavors and balance; rich, ripe and stylish; alovely whiskey from Tennessee’s other great distillery.

92 Tequila Patron Gran Patron Smoky, Mexico ($199)

Yes, this is an attempt to cash in on the Mezcal craze; actually, it is a nice effort that straddles the smooth, creaminess of premium tequila and the smoky, earthiness of a rustic Mezcal; spicy, long and intense.

95 Laphroaig Lore, Scotland ($86)

There is no age statement on this, but I’m, sure there’s some 30-year-old in here; toasty, smoky, briney – what you would expect from this distiller, but there is subtlety, complexity and great depth; yes, Laphroaig is an acquired taste, but this one is amazing.

92 Bodega Biondi Pisco Uva Negra, Peru ($38)

Silky and smooth, crisp and bright with tangy, spicy flavors; fresh and bright, long and elegant.

95 Highland Park Valknut, Scotland ($80)

Deep, toasty nose; smooth and lush with creamy texture and lovely notes of orange peel and honey, caramel and spice; long, rich and generous; wow!

93 Graton Distilling D. George Benham’s Barrel Finished Gin, USA ($37)

Aromatic and smooth nose; lush, toasty and layered with creamy texture and complex flavors; rich, deep and long.

88 Korbel California Brandy, USA ($13)

Smooth, simple with sweet oak and smooth texture; clean and sweet,

89 Korbel XS, USA ($14)

Fragrant, smooth nose; creamy and very sweet, lush and deep, smooth and lush.

89 Korbel V.S.O.P Gold Reserve, USA ($17)

Medium amber; smooth, ripe and mellow with toast and sweetness; lush and long.

89 Plantation Jamaican Rum, Jamaica ($25)

Smooth, dry and fleshy with spicy and earthy notes; silky and balanced, long.

94 Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Whisky Classic Edition, USA ($80)

Smooth, rich and toasty with spice, dried fruits and caramel; lush, intense and elegant; high proof but adding a bit of water opens it up; amazing finesse.

94 Balcones Distilling Texas Rye Pot Distilled, USA ($80)

Lovely, fresh and spicy with luscious rye and spice; aromatic, silky, toasty and balanced with long, memorable flavors; spice and caramel, deep, balanced and long.

94 Balcones Distilling Baby Blue Whiskey, USA ($80)

Toasted corn nose; smooth, pure and generous; made from heirloom roasted blue corn; silky, a bit sweet, long and lovely.

94 Balcones Distilling True Blue Pot Distilled Whiskey, USA ($80)

Deep amber color; made from roasted blue corn; smooth, silky and toasted with juicy fruit and lovely balance; elegant, rich and deep, long and generous.

89 Playa Real Premium Pineapple Tequila, Mexico ($35)

Agave and sweet pineapple nose; smooth, mellow and sweet with soft fruit flavors; long and lush.

90 Playa Real Fruit Infused Mandarin Tequila, Mexico ($35)

Orange and agave spice nose; smooth, sweet and showing spice and soft agave flavor;clean and mellow.

92 Playa Real Premium Tequila Silver, Mexico ($35)

Soft agave nose; smooth, clean and spicy, mellow with silky texture; sweet and elegant, long and balanced with considerable style and finesse.

93 Papa’s Pilar 24 Dark Rum, USA ($47)

Deep amber color; soft vanilla nose; lush, sweet brown sugar and molasses; creamy texture and notes of toasted almond and dried apricot; long and rich, balanced and fresh.

94 Chamucos Spirits Tequila Diablo Blanco, Mexico ($40)

Fresh agave nose; intense, spicy, peppery and smooth, lush and floral, rich and intense; the proof is high but the tequila is smooth and balanced; long and deep, a revelation.

93 Reservoir Distillery Rye Whiskey, USA ($85)

Made from 100% rye; smooth, toasty and spicy with pepper notes and a hit of honey on the finish; intense and rich, long and balanced.

93 Reservoir Distillery Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($85)

Made from 100% corn; toasted corn nose, smooth, rich and intense; pure and lush with notes of oak, spice, dried fruits, vanilla and honey; lovely depth and a long finish.

93 Reservoir Distillery Wheat Whiskey, ($85)

Rich, toasty and deep with smooth, lush flavors of spice, oak and caramel; balanced and wheat-y with vanilla and honey on the finish; long and complex.

94 Woodford Reserve Select American Oak, USA ($129)

Silky and smooth with elegant, toasted oak with vanilla and caramel; spicy, elegant and luscious; long and lovely.

96 Woodford Reserve Oat Grain Kentucky Bourbon, USA ($129)

Deep amber color; lush, silky and sweet with fine, long flavors; classic and toasty, lovely, elegant and balanced flavors; superb, long and stunning.

91 Bluewater Organic Distilling Wintersun Organic Aquavit, USA ($37)

Smooth caraway nose; silky texture, anise flavor, fresh and racy; clean and bright, long and aromatic. Organic.

91 Distilleria Santa Teresa dei Fratelli Morolo Grappa Marolo, Italy ($62)

Silky and smooth, earthy and spiced with depth and finesse; long and lush; balanced and long,

90 Distilleria Fili Marolo Grappa & Camomile Grappa & Camomile, Italy ($30)

Sweet and silky with floral tea notes; lush and smooth, creamy and rich with depth and good length,

97 Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, Japan ($80)

Smooth, elegant and luscious with yuzu citrus in the nose; exotic and layered with sansho pepper, bamboo leaf and gyokura tea on a base of rice spirit; a stunning creation with balance and great depth.

92 Few Spirits American Whiskey, USA ($50)

Silky, smooth and spicy with sweet oak and bright fruit; juicy, fresh and balanced with a long finish; long and ripe; tangy and long.

93 Los Nahuales Mezcal Special Edition No. 3, Mexico ($102)

Earthy and rustic with depth and complexity; smooth and rich with toasted agave, clean,spicy flavors; complex, lush and layered.

92 Goslings Papa Seal Single Barrel Bermuda Rum, Bermuda ($199)

Deep amber color; silky, dry and toasty with notes of tamarind and orange; pure and rich, silky and smooth, long and lush and showing age.

97 Grain & Barrel Spirits Chicken Cock Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 10 years, USA ($250)

Rich vanilla and toasted oak in the nose; floral, smooth, creamy and sweet with amazing depth and finesse, notes of honey and caramel; so rich it’s almost like a liqueur.

98 Laphroaig 28 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($799)

The nose is a wood fire; the first impression is smooth, briny, smoldering peat fire and spice; then comes the elegant salted clover honey, smooth, creamy texture and lovely structure; a classic single malt that deserves an entire evening of contemplation.

94 The Splinter Group Whip Saw Rye Whiskey, USA ($)

Rich, deep amber color; smooth rye nose; mellow, rich and smooth texture, toasty grains,sweet oak and notes of dried flowers and brioche;

93 Sugarlands Distilling Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey 3 Years and 2 Months, USA ($50)

Smooth and intense; when watered, lush and mellow with spice and juicy rye; toasty,balanced and showing dried fruits and vanilla oak; long with finesse and style.

95 Booker’s Batch 2018-02 Backyard BBQ, USA ($65)

Cask strength; after watering: soft, spice and toast nose; smooth and elegant with sweet oak, lovely dried fruits and caramel; warming, with floral notes and vanilla; a stunning, complex achievement.

93 Dryfly Straight Wheat Whiskey Cask Strength Aged 3 Years, USA ($50)

Bright amber color; aged 3 years and made from wheat grown just a few miles from the distillery; high proof but smooth and rich, toasted and dense; mellow and intense, long and balanced.

92 Dryfly Straight Triticale Whiskey Aged 3 Years, USA ($40)

Deep amber color; lush and rich with very smooth texture; sweet oak and soft spice; velvety and showing depth and balance’; long and stylish.

93 Dryfly Straight Wheat Whiskey Port Barrel Finish Aged 3 Years, USA ($50)

Dark amber color; rich and deep with creamy texture and sweet, toasty flavors; lush and intense, balanced and delicious, long and lovely.

92 Dryfly Straight Bourbon 101 Aged 3 Years, USA ($50)

Clean, rich and spicy with toasty oak and lush texture; a spirit that blossoms into an elegant and poetic drink; deep and balanced.

92 Dryfly Washington Wheat Vodka, USA ($30)

Clean, fresh nose; smooth, silky and clean flavors with hints of vanilla and lush wheat; rich and balanced, ripe and long with lovely balance.

92 Dryfly Barrel Reserve Gin, USA ($40)

Pale amber color; soft toasty nose; creamy and lush with a base of winter wheat and notes of coriander, mint and lavender; oak-aged and rich, long and rich.

92 Dryfly Washington Dry Gin, USA ($30)

Spicy nose with notes of mint; lush and very smooth, built on a base of Washington wheat; soft juniper, Fuji apple, coriander and peppermint inform the rich, elegant flavors of this dense gin,

91 Dryfly Straight Wheat Whiskey Aged 3 Years Small Batch, USA ($40)

Rich amber color; smooth, rich nose; smooth, creamy texture reveals toasty, ripe grain and spice; gentle and easy-going with a bite on the finish.

90 Dubonnet Dubonnet Rouge, USA ($)

The last time I tasted this product was ten years ago; I rated it 66 on the 100-point scale; this version is lots better; its smooth and sweet with rich berry fruit and clean, lush flavors of ripe cherries and a hint of nuts and chocolate; try it on the r

92 Eastside Distilling Hue-Hue Coffee Rum, USA ($20)

Deep mahogany color; rich coffee aroma; smooth, intense coffee flavor with some nice sweetness and pure, gorgeous mocha intensity; rich and balanced; try some in your morning cup.

91 Ed Philips & Sons Co. Prairies Cucumber Flavored Organic Vodka , USA ($20)

Soft cucumber nose; silky texture and bright with smooth cucumber taste; organic, gluten free and made in Minnesota.

94 Glenmorangie Signet , USA ($200)

Soft, rich and elegant; mellow and smooth with toasty oak and spice; vanilla, rich and long; balanced and layered; rich and deep; long, precise and complex; a knockout.

93 James Buchanan & Co. Buchanan’s Select Aged 15 years, Scotland ($60)

Soft, mellow nose; smooth and elegant with carefully balanced flavors that range from toasty and intense to spicy and rich to soft and lush; a lovely blend that bring many elements to your glass; charming, polished and long.

92 Kentucky Springs Distilling Co. Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye, USA ($45)

Lovely floral nose, toasty with vanilla and smooth oak; tannic, lively and silky; nice rye flavors, spice and good balance; long and smooth, tangy and long.

91 Kinmen Kaoliang Kinmen Kaoliang, China ($25)

Lush, sorgham nose; earthy and lush, vegetal notes and tannins; a long earthy finish.

93 Ming River Sichuan Baijiu, China ($34)

Aromatic and smooth; rich, sweet and toasty, vegetal and harmonious; long and balanced; lovely pineapple notes; baijiu’s moment may have arrived

91 Moutai Prince Moutai Prince, China ($17)

Aromatic and earthy; sauce aroma; spice, sauce and earth plus vegetal notes

92 Suerte Tequila Reposado, Mexico ($36)

Silky and smooth with spicy and earthy agave, lush and deep, rich and balanced; long and toasted.

92 Suerte Tequila Blanco, Mexico ($30)

Good earthy agave nose; smooth, toasty and intense; smoky and rich, smooth and spicy; not dumbed down lie so many tequilas these days; lots of character and good length.

93 Suerte Tequila Anejo, Mexico ($50)

Pale amber color; rich and toasty, deep and creamy with some earthy agave notes and sweet caramel; luscious and long, rich and balanced.

91 Sugarlands Distilling Company Roaming Man Rye Whiskey Aged 2 years 8-10 months , USA ($50)

Deep, ruddy amber color; smooth rye nose; rich and deep with silky texture and toasty oak, spice and balanced grain notes; youthful but nicely balanced and long.

91 Surf City Still Works Shorebreak Vodka, USA ($28)

Smooth, creamy with a hint of vanilla; round and balanced, made from organic corn.

92 Surf City Still Works California Gin, USA ($32)

Citrus nose, silky texture and elegant flavors dominated by citrus; more finesse and style than you would expect from a first-time effort; this pretty bottle should be on every bar in Southern California.

87 The Empower Cocktail Company Cosmopolitan Martini, USA ($20)

Clear; citrus nose; smooth, fresh and soft; crisp and balanced.

91 Vinn Baijiu Vinn Distillery Brown Rice based, USA ($30)

Soft, cereal nose; clean and smooth, juicy and spicy; clean and balanced, long and fresh,

93 Virginia Distillery Co. Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky, USA ($58)

Dark amber color; toasted and rich with sweet oak and hints of port casks; lush, spice and caramel, long and elegant, balanced and intense.

93 Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Cask Virginia-Highland Whiskey, USA ($58)

Pale amber color; spice and oak nose; classic and toasty with elegant and carefully balanced style; long and bright.

94 Woodinville Whiskey Co. 100% Rye Whiskey, USA ($55)

Fragrant with soft apple aromas; silky texture and dense rye notes; smooth with hints of cinnamon and Christmas spice; toasty, fresh and stylish, elegant and long.

93 Woodinville Whiskey Co. Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($55)

Silky and bright with lovely notes of vanilla and lightly toasted oak; fresh, racy and clean with notes of dried fruit and light spice; long and generous.


93 Bulleit Rye Whiskey , USA ($28)

Rich and toasted, smooth with grass and rye, spicy and smooth; deep and lush.

93 El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Edition Extra Añejo Tequila Aged 8 Years, Mexico ($200)

Rich, earthy agave nose; medium amber color; smooth, toasty and rich; smoky agave, dense earthy notes; its complexity requires it be sipped over rocks, not in a cocktail.

93 Bowmore The Vintner’s Trilogy Single Malt Scotch Whisky Double Matured Manzanilla 18YO, Scotland ($127)

Smoky toasty nose; intense and spicy with smoke, sherry cask and typical Islay funk; long and smooth with considerable finesse.

96 Bowmore The Vintner’s Trilogy Single Malt Scotch Whisky French Oak Barrique 26YO, Scotland ($540)

Deep amber color; smoky, spicy nose; rich and toasty with smooth, rich flavors; sweet vanilla notes and silky texture; complex and spicy, smoky, long and rich; balanced and long.

95 Glenmorangie Spìos Private Edition Matured in American Ex-Rye Whiskey Casks, Scotland ($99)

Crisp, elegant and sweet with lovely spice, fine texture and amazing balance; silky, fresh and long.

92 Lvov Vodka Distilled from beets, ($20)

Earthy nose; creamy texture, sweet and lush with notes of vanilla; tangy and long, fresh and balanced; beets?

93 Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur, USA ($40)

Light amber color; floral nose; sweet and rich with lovely flavors that hint at honeysuckle, lavender and roses; it all comes together in the glass; a special and unique experience.

92 Stillhouse Spirits Co. Black Bourbon Blended Bourbon Whiskey Mellowed in Coffee Beans, USA ($30)

Rich amber color; warm, sweet nose; smooth, sweet and toasted with lovely notes of roasted coffee, spice and nuts; creamy and dense with a long, complex finish; PLUS really innovative packaging.

93 Dancing Goat Limousin Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged with French Oak Staves, USA ($45)

Smooth and spicy with lush rye and toasty oak notes; mellow and rich, long and balanced.

90 Fluid Dynamics Dry Martini Russell Henry London Dry Gin with a whisper of Vya Extra Dry vermouth, USA ($20)

Smooth and aromatic with Russell Henry London dry gin and a hint of  Vya vermouth.

92 Sierra Norte Single Barrel White Corn Mexican Whiskey, Mexico ($50)

Dark amber; corn nose; clean, toasty and smooth with a hint of corn and spice; balanced and rich, long and fresh, whiskey from Mexico? who knew?

94 High West Whiskey Rendezvous Rye , USA ($60)

Warm, lush nose; spicy, peppery, rich and toasty; smooth notes of toasted grains; clean, ripe and deep with complexity that comes of age; a remarkable achievement.

93 High West Whiskey American Prairie Bourbon , USA ($35)

Smooth, toasty nose; floral and elegant with dried fruits and spice; generous, deep and nicely balanced; smooth and long.

95 High West Distillery Bourye, USA ($80)

Wow! Lush and rich with a smooth nose and deep flavors of spice, toast and sweet creamy notes; generous and dense; long and totally impressive.

94 La Luna Mezcal 100% Agave Cupreata, Mexico ($43)

A true artisanal mezcal made from the Cupreata agave strain grown at more than 5,000 feet elevation; the Pérez Escot family has produced this amazing spirit for three generations; intense and 49% alcohol; smoky, rich and surprisingly mellow, deep and lush.

91 Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($25)

Soft nose; silky and mild with sweet spice and vanilla oak; clean and smooth, silky, balanced and long.

85 Seersucker Southern Style Limeade Gin, USA ($25)

Cloudy and smelling of lime; floral and sweet with artificial lime flavor; smooth, creamy.

86 Seersucker Southern Style Lemonade Gin, USA ($25)

Clear and showing a lemon nose; creamy and lush with sweet and simple flavors.

90 Seersucker Southern Style Gin, USA ($25)

Clear with a lemony nose; smooth, citrusy and simple with dry, lemon flavor; balanced and long.

92 Los Nahuales Metodo Antiguo , Mexico ($72)

Lush smoky nose; fleshy, earthy and dense; spicy and rich, complex and rustic; long and smooth.

92 Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey 85% Yellow Corn, 15% malted barley, Mexico ($49)

Toasted corn nose; smooth, silky and sweet with smooth corn and spice flavors; mellow and lush, long and deep.

90 Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey 85% White corn, 15% malted barley, Mexico ($49)

Lean and clean, fresh and racy; tangy and bright, bright and a little short.

91 Sierra Norte Single barrel Mexican Whiskey 85% Black Corn, 15% malted barley, Mexico ($49)

Toasted corn nose; smooth, creamy and lush; interesting vegetal component; spicy and rich, grassy and complex; long and rich.

93 Bulleit Rye Whiskey ($28)

Rich and toasted, smooth with grass and rye, spicy and smooth; deep and lush with toast and caramel; long and pure, a classic rye from this top producer.

90 Dos Ron Rum 8 years old, Dominic Republic ($35)

Bright amber color; rich caramel nose; smooth, lush and sweet with notes of vanilla and tropical spice; creamy and long.

91 Dos Ron Rum 16 years old, Dominic Republic ($50)

Deep amber color; rich, spiced nose; smooth, toasty and dense; dry, complex and deep, spicy and long.

91 Colina Colada Ron Con Horchata, ($25)

Smooth, creamy and showing almond and lovely toast; rich and balanced, long and stylish.

92 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey , USA ($45)

Lush, sweet and deep nose; smooth, sweet and toasty; silky and deep with no hard edges; mellow, dense and long; cask strength.

88 Bom Bom Fully Baked , ($20)

Smooth and tasting of chocolate; made with hemp milk; sweet, creamy and rich; fresh and long.

87 Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli, ($20)

Kind of grey color; sweet and showing notes of maple and vanilla; smooth, creamy and lush.

95 Caorunn Gin, Scotland ($35)

Exceptionally smooth, rich and deep with complex. elegant flavors; the Scots showing the English how its done; double-gold winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year.

90 Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey, USA ($50)

Creamy texture and sweet, fruity style; lush and toasty, complex and layered; balanced with some thinness on the finish.

92 Heaven’s Door Whiskey , USA ($50)

Smooth, floral nose; mellow and lush, long and toasty with spice, oak and dried fruits and flowers; balanced and long.

93 Heaven’s Door Whiskey, ($50)

Smooth and toasty with lush texture and notes of tea, chocolate and spice box; complex and elegant, refined and long.

91 Sugarland Distilling Co Appalachian Sippin’ Cream Strawberry Dream, USA ($25)

Light pink color; soft strawberry nose and smooth, creamy texture; soft authentic strawberry flavor with a nice alcohol kick on the finish.

93 Dimmi Liquore Di Milano Liqueur, Italy ($34)

Clear and fragrant, sweet and spiced with notes of orange, white flowers and cinnamon; smooth and long.



December 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

92 3 Kilos Vodka Gold 999.9  ($36)

Clear with a soft, neutral nose; smooth, dry, clean and neutral with creamy texture and luxurious style; lush and long. Distilled from wheat.

93 Aermoor Vodka, USA  ($37)

Soft vanilla nose; creamy texture with subtly sweet flavors; elegant and smooth; silky texture; balanced, long and lovely. Distilled from sugarcane.

93 Low Gap Rye Whiskey, USA ($75)

Light amber color; smooth, toasty nose; lush rye flavors, vanilla oak and sweet hints of caramel; deep, rich and balanced; lovely and long.

94 Pikesville 6 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey, USA($50)

Medium amber color; rye grain nose; smooth and toasted with lush rye flavors; vanilla, caramel and floral notes; graceful and rich with mellow style; rich, elegant and long.

96 The Last Drop Distillers 1971 Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($3999)

Medium amber color; smooth and toasty with notes of dried fruits, soft herbs and smoke; deep and mellow with rich, generous flavors; complex and intense, long and layered.

93 The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Ireland ($28)

Medium amber color; toasty, smoky nose; rich, smooth and toasted with sweet oak and lovely spice; lush and deep, silky and long.



October & November 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

93 Boondocks 11 Year Old American Whiskey ($50)

Light amber color; a mellow, aged whiskey made by renowned master distiller David Scheurich; smooth, creamy and showing toasted marshmallow and vanilla; oaked, rich and balanced; long and charming.

93 Boondocks  11 Year Old Cask Strength American Whiskey ($60)

Medium amber color; smooth and sweet with intensity and depth; lush and rich with caramel and mellow flavors (after watering); rich oak and spice; balanced and long.

92 Boondocks 8 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels, USA ($50)

Medium amber color; lush and toasty with sweet oak and hints of port; rich and smooth with balance and a long deep finish.

90 Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum, Puerto Rico ($20)

Clear; vanilla nose; smooth and clean with vanilla, spice and forward alcohol; lush tangy and balanced.

91 Havana Club Añejo Classico Rum, Puerto Rico ($22)

Medium amber color; smooth toasty vanilla nose; lush and creamy with rich vanilla and spice; long and balanced; a worthy homage to the original.

92 Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bottled in Bond Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($30)

Deep amber color; toasty and smooth with lush, warm style; creamy and rich with depth and intensity; toasted oak, spice and dried fruit; long and complex.

92 Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur, Italy ($27)

Deep scarlet color; bitter herbal nose; smooth, bitter and sweet; this is Martini’s answer to Campari; its a lush, spicy, effort with sweet vanilla and nice balance; long and creamy.

93 Nosotros Tequila Blanco, Mexico ($46)

Smooth, sweet agave nose with earthy notes and lovely style from a label founded by Costa Rica native Carlos Soto; elegant and refined but still showing depth and rustic charm.

92 Nosotros Tequila Reposado, Mexico ($46)

Light amber color; soft agave nose; smooth, toasty and showing notes of earth, spice and roasted agave and vanilla; lush and spicy, long and balanced.

95 Parker’s Heritage Collection 11 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($130)

Medium amber color; smooth, toasty and intense with rich spice and vanilla notes; balanced (when watered)and showing notes of cherry, caramel and hickory smoke; complex and masterful.

92 Ragtime Rye American Straight Whiskey ($41)

Rye grain nose; spicy, earthy and smooth, rounded and complex; long and toasted; balanced and very authentic.



September 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

96 Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey , USA ($200)

Deep, rich amber color; smooth, toasty and mellow (once it’s cut with water); sweet grain and dried fruits with creamy texture; lovely, sweet notes of leather and spice; long and intense.

87 New Amsterdam Apple Flavored Vodka, USA ($15)

Soft, fresh apple nose; juicy apple with lots of sweetness; intensely flavored and rich; smooth and long.

90 New Amsterdam Raspberry Flavored Vodka, USA ($15)

Smooth perfumed raspberry nose; silky and intensely flavored; juicy, fresh and slightly sweet; long and racy, bright and fresh.

90 New Amsterdam Lemon Flavored Vodka, USA ($15)

Juicy and assertively lemon flavors; smooth, natural and with just a touch of sweetness; fresh and lush with good length.

93 Tenure England Vodka, U.K. ($22)

Smooth and mellow with dry, neutral flavors; elegant and soft with lush, velvety texture; fresh and long.

92 Virus Vodka (Gluten Free), USA ($25)

Silky texture; dry and peppery with smooth, clean flavors; neutral, deep and lush; refined and long.



July & August 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

91 Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey, USA ($42)

Light amber color; soft, spicy nose; silky texture and floral notes; light toastiness and mellow flavors; balanced, graceful and long.

91 Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($39)

Bright amber color; smooth nose; sweet style; toasty and stylish; long and balanced.

92 Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey Single Cask Selection, USA ($63)

Medium amber color; smooth, ripe and toasty nose; rich and dense with clean, toasted malt and spice; bready and rich; complex and elegant.

91 Cedar Ridge Single Malt Whiskey, USA ($52)

Pale amber color; silky, mellow and earthy notes; smooth and graceful with balanced, style and finesse.

92 Cedar Ridge Wheat Whiskey, USA ($39)

Toasty and spicy nose; silky and rich with vanilla oak and complex spices; balanced, elegant flavors and notes of sweet spice; mellow and long.

92 Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, USA ($35)

Soft, toasty oak nose; silky and aromatic, elegant and floral; lush yet delicate with deep flavors and considerable finesse; refined and balanced with good length.

93 Destillaré Intense Orange Curaçao, USA ($35)

Pale amber color; silky and tangy with lovely authentic orange flavors; sweet but not cloying; with a base of pot stilled apple brandy; elegant and exquisite.

88 Don Q Piña Rum, Puerto Rico ($14)

Clear and showing a pineapple nose; silky and sweet with ripe pineapple flavors; creamy and bright with a long, tangy finish.

90 Dulce Vida Pineapple Jalapeño Tequila, Mexico ($20)

Intense aroma of capsicum; pale cloudy yellow color; smooth, with soft pineapple and some jalapeño heat; silky texture and soft agave notes, bright and long.

92 Dulce Vida Organic Tequila Blanco, Mexico ($20)

Soft, earthy nose; silky smooth with bright agave flavors; smooth and lively with smoky, juicy style; rich, balanced and intense. Organic.

92 Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey, Ireland ($30)

Light amber color; rich, smooth grain nose; silky and toasted with lovely barley flavors and elegant style; long and sweet with balance and style.

96 Kimo Sabe Mezcal CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE Mezcal, Mexico ($500)

Smooth, earthy and peppery nose; lush, creamy texture with elegant but rustic style; floral and rich with pepper and spice notes; earthy and showing intense agave flavors; long and smooth with balance and a long, dense finish.

94 Kimo Sabe Añejo Mezcal, Mexico ($54)

Pale gold color; smooth agave nose; smooth and spicy with licorice, vanilla and caramel; creamy and elegant; long and exceptional.

91 Laughing Glass All Natural Low Calorie Margarita, USA ($16)

Bright fresh and juicy with clean lime, triple sec and blanco tequila; tangy and delicious with depth and an all natural impression; delightful and it’s low calorie!

92 Laughing Glass All Natural Pomegranate Low Calorie Margarita, USA ($19)

Pink color; bright fruit nose; juicy and fresh with bright pomegranate and citrus; made with all natural ingredients and blanco tequila; fresh, tangy and it’s low calorie.

93 Los Nahuales Special Edition #2 Mezcal, Mexico ($84)

Smooth smoky, nutty nose; spicy and supple with earthy notes and plenty of smoke; intense and rich, balanced and long with lots of character.

92 Los Nahuales Blanco Mezcal, Mexico ($62)

Smoky, earthy nose; silky and intense with off-dry, smoky flavors; dense and earthy with balance and good length.

93 Redemption Wheated Bourbon, USA ($46)

Deep toasted grain nose; silky, lush and balanced with dried fruit, spice and toast; sweet oak, vanilla and soft wheat notes; elegant and deep.



June 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

92 Black Button Distilling Lilac Gin 2017, USA ($20)

Lovely floral, lilac nose; smooth and rich with creamy texture and intensely flavorful; spicy and bursting with deep notes of lilacs and other botanicals; a great addition to any creative cocktail.

94 Mount Gay 1703 Master Select Limited-Edition Batch Aged Rum, Barbados ($150)

Deep amber color; smooth nose; dry, rich and toasty with elegant flavors and a mature caramel finish; complex and layered.

85 Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha Cocktail, Brazil ($4)

Rich and natural flavors; lively agave sweetness with bright Brazilian cachaça and natural carbonation.

93 Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($45)

Smooth, vanilla nose; rich, toasty and floral with lush, intense sweet oak and spice; creamy, dense and elegant; balanced and long.


May 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

92 Azar Distilling Seersucker Southern Style Gin, USA ($25)

Smooth citrus nose; lush and generous with soft texture and lovely balance.

95 Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin, Scotland ($35)

Citrus and floral nose; silky and fresh with notes of heather, dandelion and apple; smooth, lush and mellow with creamy texture and unique style; lush, rich and deep.

92 Do Good Distillery Cherry Wood Smoked Whisky, USA ($55)

Medium amber color; smooth, yeasty nose; smooth and toasty with with cherry and smoke; balanced and long.

92 Do Good Distillery Nighthawk Bourbon Whisky, USA ($46)

Light amber color; smooth vanilla oak nose; toasty, lush and spicy with racy flavors and depth; balanced and long.

93 Do Good Distillery Benevolent Czar Whisky, USA ($50)

Deep amber color; lush grain and spice nose; silky and toasty with roasted, complex flavors; rich and intense, balanced and long.

91 Ginny’s Gin Distilled from Grapes & Grain, USA ($36)

Soft, spicey nose; smooth and lush with hints of citrus and vanilla; mellow, creamy and rich.

93 Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($45)

Warm amber color; silky smooth and slightly toasted; lush dried fruit with hints of ginger, coffee and chocolate; lovely and showing a sweet sherry finish.

94 Lone Whisker Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 12 years, USA ($150)

Medium amber color; toasty and lush nose; silky and floral with cherry fruit and smooth texture; toasty and elegant, refined and balanced; lovely and long; rich and generous.

91 Marble Distilling Co. Moonlight Expresso Rocky Mountain Roast, Family Recipe, USA ($33)

Deep caramel color; roasted coffee nose; lush and creamy, sweet and toasted; rich and long.

89 Pierre Ferrand Reserve, Double Cask Cognac, France ($80)

Smooth, fruity nose; toasty, smooth and spicy with edgy, long flavors; dense and long.

92 Re:Find Neutral Brandy (Vodka), USA ($38)

Smooth and silky with vanilla and dry, creamy texture; lush and balanced, long and fresh.

92 Re:Find Limoncello Liqueur, USA ($28)

Clear yellow color; sweet lemon nose; silky, smooth and creamy-textured; bright, sweet lemon with a touch of rind; long and rich, balanced and appealing.

94 Singani 63 Bolivian Brandy, Bolivia ($35)

Silky and aromatic with rich texture and spicy floral notes; made from Muscat of Alexandria; fresh, bright and smooth with enticing depth and finesse; balanced, tangy and long; imported by director Steven Soderbergh.

92 Soto Super Premium Junmai Sake, Japan ($45)

Soft, floral nose; silky and smooth with lovely finesse and balance; elegant and refined; long and balanced.

92 Tuaca Originale Liquore Italiano ($20)

Deep amber color; creamy and lush with vanilla, caramel and hazelnut; sweet and smooth; made in Canada with Italian brandy added; smooth and rich with balance and finesse.


April 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

90 Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Mexico ($33)

Caramel color; smooth, sweet capsicum nose; silky and lush with sweetness and ancho chile; spicy with a good measure of heat; dense and rich.

93 Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($50)

Smoky, rich nose; fleshy, earthy and rich with toasty oak and smooth texture; lush, dense and balanced.

92 Brothership Irish-American Blended Whiskey, USA ($50)

Pale amber; fragrant oak and smooth texture; mellow and toasty with dense grain and graceful finish; fresh and long.

91 Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum, Puerto Rico ($30)

Medium amber color; smooth and lush with deep vanilla and considerable spiciness; some heat and aggressive spice; rich and intense.

92 Don Q Signature Release Gold Rum Limited Edition 2007, Puerto Rico ($40)

Medium amber color; creamy and smooth with vanilla and toasty oak; mellow with notes of mature, spicy, elegant rum; generous and long.

92 Eastside Distilling Portland Potato Vodka, USA ($17)

Smooth and silky with vanilla and notes of earthiness; clean, mellow and balanced; long and creamy.

92 Fremont Mischief Whiskey, USA ($37)

Smooth, rich nose; silky and bright with flavors of tea, spice and dried fruit; toasty and graceful.

93 Fugitives Spirits Grandgousier Tennessee Whiskey, USA ($68)

Light amber color; spicy, toasty and smooth; bright, fresh and rich with silky texture and lovely grains; long and likable.

91 Fugitives Spirits Manifesto Tennessee Nascent Whiskey, USA ($48)

Clear and toasty nose with spice and ripe corn; smooth, fresh, silky and generous, rich young distillate; balanced and long.

92 Fugitives Spirits Tennessee Waltz Whiskey, USA ($54)

Smooth, toasty and lush with notes of tea, grains and spice; silky and showing some herbs; complex and balanced.

90 Gorki List ‘The Bitter Leaf’ Herbal Liqueur, Serbia ($30)

Dark caramel color; very bitter with dense herbal notes and sweetness underneath; silky and smooth with intense botanicals; is this the Serbian version of Italian Amaro?

92 Grand Teton Born and Bred Potato Vodka, USA ($27)

Smooth and creamy with lush vanilla and subtle flavors; dry, rich and long.

90 Grand Teton Vishnovka (Cherry Flavored Vodka), USA ($29)

Pale cherry color; cherry nose with ripe bing cherry flavor; smooth and fresh; long and bright

89 Grand Teton Ultra Premium Vodka, USA ($24)

Edgy nose; smooth, crisp and clean; fresh and balanced.

91 Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask Rye Whiskey, USA ($90)

Dark amber color; ripe, toasty nose; spicy and lively with a tannic note; smooth, lush and toasty.

89 Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey, USA ($100)

Medium amber color; smooth, toasty nose; silky and smooth with clean, toasty and mellow flavors; generous and soft with balance and a touch of spice.

91 Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($80)

Deep amber color; toasty, smoky nose; silky and smooth with sweet oak and lush, smooth style; fresh, balanced and long.

97 Kavalan Amontillado Sherry Cask Single Malt Whiskey cask strength, Taiwan ($599)

Deep caramel color; lush, smooth sherry nose; rich texture and intense flavors; toasted, spicy and complex with layers of intensity;

96 Kavalan Manzanilla Sherry Cask Single Malt Whiskey cask strength, Taiwan ($599)

Deep caramel color; rich and intense with deep flavors of toasted oak, spice and dried fruits; dry, smooth and concentrated; long and balanced.,

98 Kavalan Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Single Malt Whiskey cask strength, Taiwan ($699)

Deep caramel color; lush and smooth with toasty oak, spice and great depth; sherry wood and velvety, intense flavors; remarkable; like an explosion in the mouth; stunning and long.

91 Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello, USA ($39)

Ginger nose; smooth and lush with creamy texture and sweet citrus; rich lemon and good balance.

92 Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello Reserve, USA ($55)

Pale amber; spicy ginger and sweet citrus; spicy, complex and long with racy style.

90 Marble Distilling Co. Marble Vodka 80°, USA ($32)

Silky texture, clean and tangy; clean and edgy.

91 Mezcales de Leyenda Puebla Mezcal, Mexico ($85)

Smooth and lush with rich, toasted vanilla flavors; lush and unusual,; spicyu and balanced.

87 Mezcales de Leyenda San Luis Potosi Mezcal, Mexico ($80)

herbal nose; smooth, herbal and floral; spicy and unusual.

93 Portobello Road London Dry Gin, United Kingdom ($35)

Botanical and vanilla nose; smooth, creamy texture with vanilla, spice and lush style; complex flavors, ripe and mellow with depth and good length.

88 Ron Barceló Ańejo Dominican Rum, Dominican Republic ($16)

Medium amber color; woody, spicy nose with notes of sugar and silky texture; toasty and smooth with balance and good flavors at a very good price; destined for cocktails.

91 Ron Barceló Imperial Dominican Rum, Dominican Republic ($30)

Deep amber color; toasty, rich nose; smooth and silky with toasty oak and brown sugar; long and balanced.

94 Sagatiba Envelhecida, Brazil ($30)

Aromatic nose with rich flavors; smooth, spicy and mellow with sweet oak and soft notes of bourbon barrels; lush and elegant, long and balanced.

95 Sagatiba Preciosa, Brazil ($200)

Deep amber color; 23-year-old spirit with a smooth, lush aromatic nose; silky and toasted with rich, deep flavors; notes of spice, mint, dried fruits and complex wood; rich and balanced, long and lovely.

92 Sagatiba Pura, Brazil ($25)

Soft nose; silky, smooth and aromatic with spice and bright flavors; lush and balanced.

93 Straw Boys Irish Vodka, Ireland ($20)

Smooth and lush with mellow flavors of vanilla and rich texture; creamy and mellow, long and balanced.

87 Sugarlands Distilling Co. Appalachian Sipping Cream Electric Orange Cream Liqueur, USA ($25)

Pale orange color; smooth and creamy with orange combined with sweet cream; fresh and mellow.

94 Sutcliffe & Son ‘The Exceptional Grain’ Blended Grain Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($120)

Smooth, elegant and toasty nose that shows multiple fruits and vanilla; silky, mellow, elegant and rich with smoke and depth; ripe and lush.

93 DÉCADA Tequila, Mexico ($46)

Fresh, smooth and clean with a refined nose of agave. Silky and creamy with balance and fine flavors, long and elegant.

94 Trust Me Ultra Premium Potato Vodka ($35)

Clean nose; smooth texture and lush flavors; elegant and creamy, supple and long; rich and impressively refined; this vodka stands out for its generosity and class.

95 Trust Me Ultra Premium Wheat Vodka ($35)

Smooth, lush and creamy with lovely flavors of vanilla and wheat; amazing finesse and depth; stunning generosity and elegance; in a crowded category this product stands out.

93 WhistlePig Farmstock Rye Whiskey, USA ($90)

Spicy, rye nose; smooth, rich and spicy with toasty, ripe style with floral notes and depth; deep and lush.



March 2017

By: Blue Lifestyle

92 Bache-Gabrielsen 6 months aged Cognac American Oak, France ($40)

Smooth and lush with notes of toasty Tennessee oak; silky and rich with vanilla and spice; deep, mellow and fresh with balance, style and finesse; long and modern, ideal for cocktails.

93 Copper & Kings 7 Year Old Muscat Brandy Blue Sky Mining, Aged 30 Months, Copper Pot-Distilled, Non-Chill Filtered, USA ($40)

Medium amber color; smooth, aromatic and lush with notes of rose petal, peach and vanilla oak; high-proof but very mellow nonetheless; lush, balanced and long.

93 Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, USA ($35)

Medium amber color; smooth, aromatic and lush with notes of rose petal, peach and vanilla oak; high-proof but very mellow nonetheless; lush, balanced and long.

92 Don Ciccio & Figli C3 Carciofo Handcrafted Liqueur, USA ($36)

Dark mahogany color; artichoke nose; silky and bitter with intense herbaceous flavors; rich, long and off-dry; lush and smooth; definitely an acquired taste.

92 Fremont Mischief Dark Northern Rye Whiskey, USA ($39)

Medium amber color; vanilla, spice and caramel nose; silky texture and toasty flavors; smooth, spicy and balanced; supple and long.

92 Gružanska Nit Plum Brandy, Serbia ($39)

Pale amber color; smooth and lush with toasted plum; dry and floral with lovely plum and spice; silky and deep, long and balanced.
90 Gružanska Nit Quince Brandy, Serbia ($39)

Clear; soft, perfumed nose; smooth and lush with spiced fruit and floral notes; rich, dry and deep; long and balanced.

88 Gružanska Nit Williams Pear Brandy with Honey, Serbia ($39)

Pale yellow and cloudy; soft pear nose and sweet honey notes; soft, smooth and clean with sweet style; smooth and rich.

91 Gružanska Nit Williams Pear Brandy, Serbia ($39)

Clear; smooth pear nose; smooth, dry and lush with pear fruit and deep flavors; rich and dense; long and balanced.

91 Kimo Sabe Joven Mezcal 100% Agave, joven : albedo, family crafted, Mexico ($36)

Clear, smooth with silky texture and peppery notes; lush, toasty and showing a hint of sweetness; smoky, lush and balanced.

92 Kimo Sabe Reposado Mezcal 100% Agave, reposado: rubedo, family crafted, aged in oak for 6 months, Mexico ($36)

Pale amber color; smooth, lush and smoky nose; smoky, lush and balanced with pepper and spice; toasty and long.

92 Ogden’s Own Distillery Madam Pattirini Gin Small Batch, USA ($20)

Smooth juniper nose; silky texture and dry spicy flavors; flavors of citrus, ginger and sleek herbs and spices; clean, fresh and long.

93 Ogden’s Own Distillery Porter’s Apple Liqueur Canadian Whiskey, Natural Apple and Neutral Spirits, USA ($20)

Pale amber color; rich apple nose; smooth and creamy with sweet, fresh apple fruit; lush and dense with creamy texture.

90 Ron Barceló Gran Añejo Dominican Rum, Dominican Republic ($20)

Medium amber color; smooth, lush and spicy with toasted oak and brown sugar; clean, mellow and balanced.

93 Santo Mezquila Agave Tequila/Mezcal 50% Distilled Blue Agave & 50% Distilled Espadin Agave, Mexico ($55)

Smooth smoky nose; silky and clean with fresh, clean, spicy style; this product represents a partnership between Jack Daniels (Wilson Daniels), rocker Sammy Hagar and pop icon Adam Levine; a blend of tequila and mezcal, it is elegant and earthy at the sam

93 Sombra Joven Mezcal, Mexico ($39)

Smooth and smoky with roasted pinon and lots of smoky spice and some rich sweetness; earthy and showing wildflower and earthy, peppery notes; this is the real thing.

93 Suntory Whisky Toki Japanese Whisky, Japan ($40)

Pale amber color; smooth, elegant nose; silky texture and light, floral style; lush and bright, clean and balanced; refined, fresh and long.

92 TX Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., USA ($50)

Medium amber color; lush floral nose; silky texture and notes of earth, spice and caramel; elegant and showing considerable finesse; deep fruit and spice.

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