Kara Newman

Kara Newman

Spirits Editor

Reviews spirits.

Kara Newman is the Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and author of Cocktails for a Crowd (coming in Spring 2013) and Spice & Ice: 60 tongue-tingling cocktails, both from Chronicle Books. An active member of the New York cocktail and mixology scene, she loves dive bars and speakeasies alike.

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Avua Cachaça Oak

  1. $50

Two years of rest in French oak casks yields a pale straw hue and mellow honey-banana aroma. The aged cachaça sips well, with lots of mouthwatering vanilla, brown sugar and crème brulee winding into a lingering baking spice finish. New to the U.S. as of October 2014.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
93
points

Pitu Vitoriosa Cachaça

  1. $125

Aged for a whopping five years in French oak barrels and packaged in a hefty, pear-shaped bottle, this clearly is meant as a premium offering. The amber spirit smells enticingly sweet, evoking vanilla, brown sugar and even traces of cola with orange peel. On the palate, it’s smooth and silky, with big, dark flavors: allspice, toffee, dark honey, toasted coconut…

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Campo de Encanto Grand & Noble Pisco

  1. $38

This acholado-style pisco has a distinctly fruity fragrance, evoking blueberries, tart plum and banana. The palate skews more floral, with just a hint of fruit and honey, tapering to a crisp, elegant finish.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Sagatiba Pura Cachaça

  1. $25

Clear in the glass, with a mild, sugary aroma, this cocktail-friendly spirit shows delicate vanilla and sugar, plus fleeting floral notes, raspberry and banana. Finishes smooth.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Soul Premium Cachaça

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  1. $25

Clean, versatile and cocktail-friendly, this cachaça offers tropical fruit and fresh-cut grass, accented with ginger-nutmeg spice on the crisp finish.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
92
points

Yaguara Cachaça

  1. $45

Despite the wave-like dark blue bottle design, created by glass designer Bryan Clarke to resemble the art deco pattern on the Copacabana Promenade in Rio, the spirit itself pours nearly clear, with a faint golden tinge. Look for bold, pungent notes of banana, coconut and vanilla dusted with cocoa, finishing long and fruity.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
90
points

Campo de Encanto Pisco Distiller’s Reserve Quebranta

  1. $46

This single vineyard pisco made with grapes from Atalaya Vineyard delivers a mix of light berry, cantaloupe and floral notes, plus a sweet bubblegum-like pop of flavor midpalate. Sips well, finishing moderately long with a melon-y fade.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
90
points

Pisco Porton

  1. $40

Ideal for tropical drinks and pisco punches, this approachable, earthy-fruity pisco pops with lots of perky banana, pineapple and lychee, sliding into a spiced finish that suggests cinnamon- and cocoa-dusted pineapple slices.

 — K.N.  (9/1/2015)
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