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.
“With more availability than its big brother, George T. Stagg, this junior bottling doesn’t lack for proof or flavor. Spicy and assertive but rich and mellow enough to enjoy neat.”—Joaquín Simó, partner and bartender at Pouring Ribbons
“Crazy tasty and really cool to be able to taste something from the old distillery, plus charity [Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund] yada yada.”—Morgan Schick, operations and creative manager at The Bon Vivants
“If you lined up all of the premium bourbons on the market today and tasted each one, this is the bourbon that will stand out above all of the rest. It offers all of the usual suspects of the flavor wheel at a tremendously smooth offering. It’s hard to find but well worth the search.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender at and owner of The Crunkleton