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 an alphabetical list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary from state to state.
“It has a very unique whiskey process—smooth with a unique sourdough quality to it.”—Sanders
“Typically in the low $20s, you can really play around with making a drink and not break the bank. It’s perfect in an Old Fashioned at the hottest new cocktail bar or sipped neat at your favorite dive.”—Green
“This is a unique label as it’s a blend of straight bourbon, straight rye and light corn whiskey and then finished with oloroso sherry (not aged in sherry casks—sherry is added after distillation). The result is a nutty sweetness and incredible drinkability. It’s like a bottled Old Fashioned. Buy it. Buy it now.”—Sother Teague, beverage director at Amor y Amargo, Blue Quarter, HoneyBee's and Windmill in New York City