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June 2010

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BLUE REVIEWS English Dry Gin ($50) Citrus and spice nose; creamy and soft with lovely vanilla and lush, subtle aromatics; elegant and thick with finesse and lovely style; precise, fruity and quite delicious. BACARDI SPIRITS 93 Oxley Classic Whisky ($30) Smooth and rich with sweet toasted oak and creamy texture; very mellow and nicely balanced with lovely 91 bourbon notes and easy elegance. DIAGEO NORTH AMERICA 92 Zaya Rum, Guatemala ($48) Mellow and toasted with lovely spice and tropical fruit with a rich, complex flavor that hints at treacle and butterscotch; robust yet subtle and showing a discreet amount of heat on the finish. INFINIUM SPIRITS Indian Whisky ($62) Single malt from India? Yep. Smooth and mellow with ripe toasted malt and nice wood notes with vanilla, dried fruits and thick texture; rich and complex. PURPLE VALLEY IMPORTS 90 & Heroes Single Malt, Ireland ($89) Golden amber color; vanilla nose; creamy, lush and showing vanilla oak, 93 spice and toffee with soft fruits and caramel; long, rich and lovely. ADMIRAL IMPORTS Wild Geese Irish Soldiers Amrut “Fusion” Single Malt Crown Royal Black Canadian ($47) A unique orange and cinchona bitter; strong with notes of citrus, earth and forest floor; sweet, 90 rich and botanical with a long, lingering aftertaste. ELIXIR, INC. Speyside Scotch Whisky ($70) Dripping with lovely honey, heather and creamy spice; smoke in the mid-palate and a warming, lush toastiness. 70% 12 Year Dufftown, 30% 15 Year Mortlach, blended by Jim McEwan. VIRGINIA DISTILLERY CO. 94 Eades Small Batch Calisaya Liqueur, USA ($3999) Lush nose of brown sugar, allspice and treacle; creamy and mellow with lovely floral and dried fruit essence; long, smooth and layered with seductive malt, sweet grass and honey; rich and seamless with gorgeous balance and lusciousness; perfection. 100 RÉMY COINTREAU USA Highland Park 1968 40 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 / the tasting panel / june 2010

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