GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 22

With only three days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 22, we’re focusing on the 20 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A- (90) during 2017.

  1. Allaire Vodka
  2. Auchentoshan – The Bartender’s Malt
  3. Bache Gabrielsen Tre Kors Cognac
  4. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
  5. CALI California Sipping Whiskey
  6. Cannon Beach Distillery Dorymen’s Rum
  7. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
  8. D. George Benham’s Gin Sonoma Dry Gin
  9. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina
  10. Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto Fennel Liqueur
  11. Don Q 2007 Signature Release Single Barrel
  12. Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  13. Koskenkorva Vodka
  14. Montelobos Mezcal
  15. Oamaruvian 16 Year Old Cask Strength DoubleCask
  16. Paul John Bold Whisky
  17. Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
  18. TINCUP 10 American Whiskey
  19. Van Gogh Vodka
  20. Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt

GSN Review: Allaire Vodka


Allaire was created by three cousins, Santiago, Javier, and Andres who chose the name by combining the words allure and billionaire. Produced along with spirited cousins Allaire rum and Allaire tequila by The Bar Company, the vodka is sourced from Wielkopolskie grains, distilled six times and filtered another six times before being brought to proof and bottled.  The bottle by the way, stands a massive 14.75″ high and easily is the tallest bottle on my back bar of over 300 bottles.  But, this one will run you $100+, and the tequila and rum are even pricier.  Is the vodka worth it?  Read on…

Allaire Vodka (80 proof)
Visual: Crystal clear.
Nose: Clean, light and elegant. Judging by the slight spiciness of the nose, I’d guess this is a rye grain bill.
Taste: Yes, definitely rye. More spice on the palate and yet, still quite smooth and balanced. There is a touch of heat, but also a warm and slight marshmallow flavor. Certainly not lacking character, this vodka will stand up on its own quite well.
Finish: Medium long with just a touch of dry slate finishing things off.
Overall: Very well done and certainly a fine sipper, I’d recommend this vodka as one to gift a friend who is an aficionado.  As a vodka for entertaining or cocktail use, it is most likely to be found on menus at upscale bars in Vegas or LA.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Allaire Privee