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November 2018

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november 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  65 92 Laughing Glass Cocktails Firecracker Margarita, USA ($16) This low-calorie blend of blanco tequila, ancho chiles, and tropical pineapple packs some serious heat—add ingredients as you wish or just drink it as is. This is another exciting product from the talented women behind this gluten- free, non-GMO brand. MOMS ON THE ROCKS 93 Bols Genever, Netherlands ($39) The original gin, imported from Holland; smooth, spicy, and creamy with rich and balanced flavors. Produced from a recipe from 1820, this expression has previously won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. LUCAS BOLS SPIRITS 93 George Dickel Original Tennessee Whisky No. 12, USA ($20) Following a lush nose, this smooth, silky, and toasty spirit shows tangy flavors and balance. Rich, ripe, and stylish, it's a lovely whisky from one of Tennessee's "other" great distilleries. DIAGEO 92 Patrón Gran Patrón Smoky, Mexico ($199) This is in fact an attempt to cash in on the mezcal craze, but it's a nice effort that straddles the smooth creaminess of premium tequila and the smoky earthiness of a rustic mezcal. Spicy, long, and intense at 50.5% ABV. BACARDI LIMITED 95 Laphroaig Lore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($86) There's no age statement, but I'm sure there's some 30-year-old in here. It's toasty, smoky, and briny—exactly what you would expect from this distiller—but there's also subtlety, complexity, and great depth. Yes, Laphroaig is an acquired taste, but this expression is amazing. BEAM SUNTORY 95 Highland Park Valknut Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($80) Smooth and lush with creamy texture and lovely notes of orange peel, honey, caramel, and spice. Long, rich, and generous, this release—part of the brand's Viking Legend series—makes a highly memorable impression. N e w L o o k , S a m e Q u a l i t y W i n e s S i n c e 1 9 9 0 . @McManisFamilyVineyards © 2018 McManis Family Vineyards, Ripon, CA. All rights reserved.

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