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october 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  79 88 Doga delle Clavule 2012 Morellino di Scansano, Italy ($15) A youthful Sangiovese-Merlot blend from the Maremma, owned by the Angelini family (owners of Altesino, Borgo Scopeto and Caparzo); clean, fresh and showing bright raspberry and juicy plum with notes of earth and spice. VINEYARD BRANDS 88 Bota Box 2012 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($23/3L.) Smooth and ripe with black raspberry, spice and dense style; hints of chocolate and earth. DFV WINES SPIRITS 92 VOR Icelandic Gin, Iceland ($60) Strong juniper, spicy, edgy, aromatic and forthright; smooth and assertive with notes of mint and plenty of heat; pot-distilled. EIMVERK DISTILLERY 92 Sound Spirits Aquavit, USA ($35) Caraway and licorice nose; silky and smooth with notes of vanilla, fennel, dill, anise and, of course, caraway; dry, aromatic and loaded with flavor, plus a spicy finish; made in Seattle. SOUND SPIRITS DISTILLERY 90 Sugarlands Shine Silver Cloud Moonshine, USA ($25) Clean, silky and racy with nice heat on the finish; dry and showing just enough raw distillate; bright and edgy with rustic notes. SUGARLANDS DISTILLING COMPANY 93 Grand Leyenda Silver Tequila, Mexico ($40) Earthy agave nose; smooth and silky with good rustic style and creamy texture; spicy and showing vanilla and nice heat on the finish. Organic. MHW, LTD. 95 Elijah Craig 23 Year Old Kentucky Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey, USA ($200) Fragrant, sweet nose of toasted oak; smooth, lush and rich with layers of toasty, spicy flavors; sweet oak, mellow, complex and generous with ripe style showing dried fruit, spice and lovely pure flavors and offering a long, lingering finish. HEAVEN HILL 93 Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland ($60) Pale color ; characteristic "peat reek" in the nose; silky and assertive with notes of seaweed, salt, iodine and medicine; smoky tar and uncompromising intensity—love it or hate it, there's no middle ground; another in the current trend of no-age-statement Scotches; a great Laphroaig. BEAM SUNTORY 123_TastingP_4.25x6_Bike ad.indd 1 7/9/14 2:20 PM

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