Top 10 Spirits 2010
There's a reason why in "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart doesn't lament about all the "passion-fruit flavored vodka joints in the world." In the days before the annoyatini-drinking "Sex in the City" fans took over the bar scene, Gin used to be the most popular clear spirit on the planet. It's classic. Timeless. And if you give it a chance, it's likely to surprise you. Beefeater 24 is a remarkably smooth gin, with a spot-on combination of traditional ingredients such as juniper, orange peel and licorice. But there's more to this delightful latest addition to the Beefeater portfolio: master distiller Desmond Payne has also infused 24 with a blend of Japanese Sencha and Chinese teas, along with bitter almond and grapefruit peels. In a word: sumptuous.