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.
1. Nikka Coffey Grain ($70, Japan)
“Light with an airy sweetness that I quite enjoy. This whisky is like almost nothing else coming out of Japan.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge