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Spirit Features and Reviews

Name your poison! These days, ordering a cocktail by naming your favorite spirit brand is de rigueur. It's not a Vodka Tonic, but a Belvedere Vodka Tonic. Whether you prefer tequila or cognac, your favorite whiskey is Scotch or Bourbon, or you just need a good rum-based recipe, you’ve come to the right place to learn about which spirits are right for you.


Avant La Nuit cocktail with pisco; Macchu Pisco; Pruniers Family Reserve Cognac

GAYOT's Top 10 Spirits

This lineup includes a bourbon from Colorado, a mezcal made according to ancient Mexican methods and a gin that is blended with pure Icelandic water. On-trend but not trendy, GAYOT's list is in a class of its own.

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A classic martini is gin. vermouth and crushed ice

GAYOT's Classic Cocktail Recipe

The iconic martini is as easy to make as "one-two-three stir" or shake! Go on, give it a try.

Classic Gin Martini

Currently Featured Spirits

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey has flavors of spices, red berries and grapes

GAYOT's Top 10 Spirits

Distilled and aged in wine caskets, this Irish-made whiskey from Dublin delivers spiced and fruity flavors to keep your spirits going throughout the night.

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Discover some of the best bottled Mexican spirits on GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Mezcals

Top 10 Mezcals

Next time you start to order that tequila, take a second to remember the family from which it came. A premium mezcal can seduce your palate with sophisticated nuances and earthy undertones, and GAYOT is here to serve as your guide South of the Border.

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Peruse GAYOT's list to discover the finest bottles from historic and small-batch distilleries
Top 10 Ryes

Like Bourbon, its sweeter counterpart, rye is a quintessentially American type of whiskey. Peruse GAYOT's list to discover the finest bottles from historic and small-batch distilleries.

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Peruse GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Vodkas to find top bottles from around the world
Top 10 Vodkas

This clear spirit may come from the Russian word for water, but vodkas may be produced in any country and distilled from wheat, rye, potatoes and even grapes.

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India Pale Ale was first developed for British soldiers in South Asia; however, the style has since gained popularity with civilian beer fans.

Although sipping fine Scotch can be an expensive habit, GAYOT's Top 10 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies start at a reasonable $50 a bottle.