Top 10 Spirits

The Best Spirits, Neat

While craft cocktails still reign supreme, sometimes we crave the simplicity of a glass of first-rate liquor served without embellishment. Many of these spirits work well in mixed drinks, but they're at their best served neat, allowing their uniqueness to shine. This lineup 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. Most won't break the bank as only one costs more than $100. On-trend but not trendy, GAYOT's list of Top 10 Spirits is in a class of its own.