You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.
Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality. It’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.
“One cannot beat the value of this single-malt. Usually complexities and richness are compromised with the lower-priced whisky, but not with this pour.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender and owner at The Crunkleton
“A great triple-distilled single-malt priced for cocktail making, this expression aged in ex-bourbon barrels gives this a really silky mouthfeel.”—Keli Rivers, bartender at The Devil’s Acre and Whitechapel