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Spirit Features and Reviews

Copper stills used for distilling Cognac

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.


Currently Featured Spirits


Read GAYOT's list to discover the finest bottles from great American distilleries
AMERICA'S SPIRIT
Top 10 Bourbon

Like baseball and apple pie, bourbon is an all-American phenomenon that's equally at home in swanky lounges on New York's Upper East Side or a Kentucky bluegrass hootenanny.

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Peruse GAYOT's list to discover the finest bottles from historic and small-batch distilleries
SHOOT 'EM STRAIGHT
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
PURE AS WATER
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.