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hudsonMaple_largeHudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey (92 proof)
Visual: Maple syrup brown.
Nose: Tons of high notes with spicy rye taking center stage.  The maple notes add a touch of breakfast-like cheer.
Taste: A lovely sweet whiskey that is very much a rye, but with enough of a push of maple sugar that the peppery notes are enveloped in a warm, autumnal richness.  This becomes ever more apparent with each sip.  Imagine rye toast with a thin layer of maple syrup.  Mmmm….
Finish: Medium long with a lingering sweetness that tapers off while the rye warmth and spice takes a final bow.
Overall: As with all of the Hudson whiskies, this is craft distilling at its finest.  An amazing whiskey that will invite you to become close friends. Try this in an Old-Fashioned and be transformed.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Tuthilltown

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Pearl_LB_SB_900Pearl Lime Basil Vodka (70 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: More lime peel than basil leaf, but a very interesting mix.
Taste: Quite sweet and sugary with a lime forward flavor.  The basil disappears altogether here which is a shame.
Finish: Medium long with a lot of residual sweetness.
Overall: I would have liked more basil presence.  But, on a more positive note, you can drink this straight from the freezer or on the rocks and it works as a decent pre-mixed cocktail.
GSN Rating: B

Pearl Strawberry Basil Vodka (70 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Strawberry bubblegum nose, with no basil detected at all.
Taste: Again, more of the strawberry chewing gum flavor with a sweetness to match.  No basil makes itself known.
Finish: Medium long with lasting sugary, sweet notes of artificial strawberry flavor.
Overall: A rather flat and disappointing vodka.  This could have been an interesting entrant in the flavored vodka category, but it just doesn’t live up to its promise.
GSN Rating: C-

For more information go to: Pearl Vodka

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imagesPlantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins’ Fancy (80 proof)
Visual: Orange-gold.
Nose: Rich, natural pineapple with a chewy rum canvas.  Hints of maraschino, peppermint and orange-clove round out the very evocative olfactory palate.
Taste: Medium-sweet with an obvious pineapple direction.  The rum balances out the possibility of being too fruity and sweet with a goodly dose of cask flavors.
Finish: Long with a lot of different flavors coming out over time.  Sweet, fruity, woody, spicy, and ultimately very, very tasty.
Overall: This is an old-school, rustic rum that evokes the 1800’s.  Kudos to Dave Wondrich and Alexandre Gabriel for bringing this traditional West Indian style rum to a wider audience.
GSN Rating: A

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bottle-campodeencantoCampo de Encanto Pisco (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Soft, creamy notes of grape spirit.  Absolutely mouth-watering and enticingly crisp.  The best nose on a Pisco that I’ve experienced.
Taste: Smooth, reserved, quiet and perfect.  Initially, there is little to note, but ever so gradually, the delicate grape character comes in, then some spices on the back palate, finishing with a dry and slightly bitter edge.  So good.
Finish: Short, with just a few final notes of grape waving goodbye.
Overall: This is amazing pisco, and well deserving of a place on your backbar.  In a traditional Pisco Sour this will enlighten you.  Try it with the Pineapple Cordial that is also available from Campo de Encanto in a Pisco Punch.  This has been a hit at the GSN offices all week!
GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Encanto Pisco

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Sailor_Jerry_Spiced_Navy_RumSailor Jerry Spiced Rum (92 proof)
Visual: Orange-brown.
Nose: Very rummy with a goodly dose of wood aging in the top notes.  Some dry and crisp spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and slight clove.  No indication of sugar.
Taste: Tightly packed, intensely compact bomb of lightly spiced rum.  The opposite end of the spiced rum spectrum, this is hearty and not at all sweet.
Finish: Medium long, with lingering bittersweet tinges of spice.  A lot of pepper on the back palate.
Overall: Eminently mixable due to its high proof, this will stand up to almost anything.  Oddly enough, the spices don’t really pop out, but rather are just hinted at.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Sailor Jerry

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downloadMarlee’s Green Tea Whiskey (29.9 proof)
Visual: Brown tea colored.
Nose: Green tea.
Taste: Sweetened green tea with a very slight kick after a few seconds.
Finish: Medium long with dry tea notes, the sweetness fades fairly quickly, and the whiskey leaves a slight burn way on the back palate.
Overall: Like a pre-made cocktail.  Low-proof which is nice, and great to drink straight or chilled and on the rocks.  The flavor is rather delicate, so it’s best to avoid over dilution.  It honestly tastes a lot like green tea, so well done!
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Whiskey T

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6HKB_thumbHong-Kong Baijiu (86 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Intense tropical berry nose.  Very unusual and evocative.  Like a fruit you’ve never experienced before.
Taste: Almost like a young grape brandy with the addition of blackberries.  At first there is a musky essence that is surprising, then a rustic fruity character comes into play. Very compact, tight and a powerhouse of flavor.
Finish: Medium long with a tailing of berry fruit.
Overall: If you were presented a glass of this and had no idea of what it was, you might very well guess that it is some kind of fruit flavored vodka.  Surprise, surprise.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Baijiu America

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