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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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