A Taxpayer’s Liquor Guide

For most of us, tax time means an unwanted reckoning of the state of our finances. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a large refund check this year. Celebrate by splurging on one of these deluxe bottles. But if you owe the government money, try one of our more modestly priced picks, which even your accountant would approve.
 
Refund Splurge: Bowmore Tempest Small Batch Release No. 2 Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($100)

The renowned Islay distillery recently introduced this robust 10-year-old single malt. (We’re lucky: The original Tempest wasn’t even available in the US.) It has Bowmore’s signature briny and peaty character.

Accountant-Approved: Bowmore 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky ($46)
 
Refund Splurge: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Years Old ($100)

Few brands command the respect that the Van Winkle name engenders. This smooth and complex bourbon is so popular that it’s usually impossible to find. Fortunately, the distillery just released an allotment of bottles.
Accountant-Approved: Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Years Old 90 Proof ($35)
 
Refund Splurge: Ron Abuelo Centuria ($130)

This limited-edition Panamanian spirit (pictured above), arriving in stores soon, is made from a blend of Ron Abuelo’s finest rums, some of which have been aging for 30 years. You might mistake it for a smooth Scotch, with its big baking spice and sweet fruity notes.

Accountant-Approved: Ron Abuelo 12-Year-Old ($33)
 
Refund Splurge: Perrier-Jouët 2000 Fleur de Champagne Blanc de Blancs ($349)

Spend your refund in style and pick up a bottle of this swanky bubbly that has hints of citrus and honey. It’s made from chardonnay grapes that were grown in two of the house’s best plots during an especially good year.

Accountant-Approved: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne ($45)
 
Refund Splurge: Don Julio 1942 Tequila ($125)

Almost 70 years ago, Don Julio González founded his eponymous brand. The creamy and slightly sweet 1942 bottling was created to honor this important moment in company history. You’ll taste a bit of vanilla, oak and fruit on the palate.

Accountant-Approved: Don Julio Blanco Tequila ($45)

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