In 1913, the last of the 36 states required ratified the 16th Amendment, which allowed for a federal personal income tax. This important action also paved the way for the start of Prohibition, since it made up for the government’s impending loss of liquor-industry tax revenue. So we think it’s only fitting for you to use your rebate to splurge on some super-premium bottlings. (If you owe money, we have some more reasonably priced options.) Cheers!
You’re going to need to travel to get your hands on the Bacardi Maestros de Ron Vintage MMXII Rum ($2,000; pictured above). The liquor is exclusively available at duty-free shops in a few foreign airports, including London’s Heathrow. It’s a mix of rums created by eight Bacardi family members, all former master blenders.
Accountant-Approved: Bacardi 8 Rum ($30)
Milagro Unico Tequila ($300) is definitely for sipping and not shooting. The limited edition is a combination of a special blanco and a number of aged spirits that is then rested for 30 days before filtering. There are just 1,000 bottles allocated for the whole US.
Accountant-Approved: Milagro Silver Tequila ($30)
Glenmorangie has been a leader in finishing single malts in different woods, and its latest offering, Artein ($80), certainly ups the ante. The whisky was matured in both a bourbon barrel and a cask that held vino from a Super Tuscan winery.
Accountant-Approved: Glenmorangie The Original Single Malt Scotch ($40)
Celebrate your good fortune by enjoying a glass of something truly luxurious: Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac ($119), which observes its 100th anniversary in 2012. After a taste of the velvety spirit with fruity notes, you’ll be wishing that tax day came more than once a year.
Accountant-Approved: Martell VSOP Cognac ($48)