Top 10 Spirits

The Best Spirits to Enjoy Neat

While craft cocktails still reign supreme, sometimes we crave the simplicity of a glass of first-rate liquor served without embellishment. In bar-speak, enjoying a spirit on its own without ice or mixer in is called neat. Many of these spirits work well in mixed drinks, but they're at their best served neat, allowing their uniqueness to shine.

Our selection of the best spirits includes a mezcal made according to ancient Mexican methods, a reserve Cognac from a company dating back to the 17th century, a gin that is blended with pure Icelandic water and a terroir-driven rum. Even better, most won't break the bank.

On-trend but not trendy, GAYOT's list of Top 10 Spirits is in a class of its own.