Here are some of the newer and more notable additions to our database over the last month...
- Avion Reserva 44 Extra Anejo tequila was launched in very limited editions for the holiday season of 2013. It is a robust, oak-driven spirit spending 43 months in oak with an additional polish in month 44 in petit barrels. It’s clearly a prestige piece suitable for any tequila (and probably scotch) fan.
- George Dickel No. 1 Corn White Whisky was released in the first part of 2014 and is considered another mellow entry into the world of “moonshine.” For those who are into the higher-proof, corn-based spirits without the oak, this promises to be a mellower version that could probably swap in for vodka for a heavier grain taste.
- Anestasia Vodka was awarded a good score from BTI this year and we added it to the database. More to the point, we’re not easily impressed by fancy bottles any longer but this is one truly fantastic bottle. Might be worth the stretch to find it if possible. Sadly, we’re not aware of it being available online just yet.
- BelleWood Honeycrisp Vodka comes from Washington State and made from a base of apples. For those who like brandy and apples, this will provide subtle, fruit-like character highly distinctive in the vodka world dominated by grain.
- Zing Vodka was awarded a perfectly decent 89 point rating from BTI but, more importantly to many, the bottle comes with a light-up LED effect so that on your dance club table it’ll glow in different colors. Just the thing if you’re looking for a novelty gift!
- Mud Puddle Chocolate vodka from New Deal Distillery was awarded the highest award of 94pts from the 2013 Beverage Testing Institute. It’s a designer chocolate vodka with no added sugar and an all-natural infusion likely available only in the Pacific Northwest. We suggest a must-have for designer cocktails.
- Prairie Cucumber Organic Vodka launched in 2013 and received a solid rating from the Beverage Testing Institute. Cucumber is the new flavor in the cocktail culture and for those who like the sweetness of organic corn with the fresh taste of cucumber, this might be a vodka well-worth seeking out.
- Oddka Salty Caramel Popcorn vodka has been released. Yes, you read those flavors correctly. There is some kind of recommended cocktail that sounds ghastly to us mixing orange juice, lemon juice, and coffee with their “infusion” of salt, caramel, and popcorn. Is anybody drinking this stuff?
- UV Sriracha Pepper Vodka is not a misprint. If you’re a fan of putting the spicy pepper sauce on hash browns, hot dogs, and pizza… well the, why not cocktails? The BTI review promised the flavor is “true” and we can’t figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad.
- Glenfiddich 18yr scotch—proving that some traditional names are still the best—pulled down a very fine 96pt rating from Wine Enthusiast in December, who promised it was “swathed in just the right amount of smokiness.” This launched it into our current top 20 list for whiskey and is easily one of the more obtainable names.
- Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Scotch pulled down a great review (95pts) and will delight any scotch enthusiast who prefers his whisky right from the barrel and leaves the dilution up to him.
- FruitLab Crism Hibiscus Liqueur stormed out of the gate with a huge 96pt score from Wine Enthusiast, who loved the thought of the garnet tart spirit in bubbly drinks (read: champagne). It’s also organic for those of you who worry about such things.
- Crop Tomato Vodka shouldn’t make anyone afraid, according to the 95pt rating from Wine Enthusiast, who described it as light and breezy… that’s a long, long way from the V8 Tomato Juice that we tend to think about.