The opening aromas are dominated by oak, with a hint of vanilla. As it aerates, dried apricot and baking spices emerge and mingle, reminiscent of bourbon vanilla cream. Enticing, rich and silky on entry, this is a full-bodied, mouth-filling spirit with a sumptuous maple syrup zing that mellows across the palate. Toffee, candied tree fruit, black figs and background notes of coffee and clove. Complex and inviting, this rum finishes with a pleasing astringency. Well-balanced and adult, the robust oak and sweet vanilla work in concert to create a dazzler.
Campo Azul Blanco Tequila $19.99 750ml w/key 80°
Rich burnished amber copper color. Polished aromas of dried stone and tropical citrus fruits, melted toffee, vanilla, mossy river stone and spice cake. Zafra has a distinct high toned bourbon barrel quality and follow through on a smooth, satiny entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with superb depth and poise. Finishes with a long, evolving cascade of tobacco, leather, cocoa, cedar, nut and earth nuances. An elegant, seamless aged rum for contemplative sipping, or top shelf cocktails.
Glen Moray 12yr $30.89 w/key 750ml 80°
As befits a classic Speyside malt, the taste is smooth, warming and rounded with a good firm body. Lots of sweet, soft, malty flavors evolve in the center of the palate, surrounded by toffee and mouthwatering fruits (black currants and dried apricots). Boiling sweets reach the roof of the mouth before the emergence of licorice, tea and nut oil.
Put the Holla in Your Halloween!
It might be hard to believe, but Halloween used to primarily be a kid’s holiday. With all the adult-themed parties and grown-up costumes though, the focus has definitely shifted to an older crowd. A big part of the Halloween festivities has become liquor-laced libations. Decidedly adult drinks that combine the creepy colors and visuals of Halloween with frighteningly-flavorful fun. We scared up some of our favorite Halloween-themed recipes...