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Top 10 Spirits

Straight, No Chaser

Herradura Seleccion Suprema Extra Anejo Tequila, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Spirits

The Best Liquor Money Can Buy

First there was the Cosmo craze of the naughts, followed by a lasting love affair with all things vodka. Then "Mad Men" came along, ushering in a nostalgic reverence for the drinks of yore, Old Fashioneds and Rye straight-up. These days, bartenders add a bunch of organic veggies to a highball and call it artisanal, and there are folks who think you can pretty much mix anything with Red Bull and call it a cocktail. But above the changing tides of trendy sips, there are spirits that need no frills and embellishments, that exist in a league of their own. New to the top shelf of the top shelf, as it were, is a hand-crafted vodka housed in a Fabergé egg, a mezcal made using ancient Mexican methods, and a super-rare single-malt Scotch that costs $3,000. Our list of the ten best spirits features the nec plus ultra, standard-bearers in their categories for those who wouldn't be caught dead with an appletini. And those who can afford it.

by Adam Carmer


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