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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. And we have included a clairin.
Brugal 1888 ($36)
“It’s smooth, dry, dark and delicious.”—Nathaniel Smith, creative director of bar and drinks at Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Minneapolis
Clément Canne Bleue ($37)
“It’s great go to in a Ti’ Punch—single species of sugar cane from Martinique. Add a little cane syrup and a squeeze of lime for any day, hot or cold.”—Nick Detrich, co-owner and bartender at New Orleans' Manolito
Clément VSOP ($38)
“Rhum agricole aged in Limousin oak—what isn't to like? This is a whiskey drinker's rhum. This is my 100 percent go-to when someone tells me they don't like rum.”—Chad Michael George, partner and beverage director at Denver's The Way Back
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva ($39)
“This is my dessert rum—bold, rich and crazy sweet.”—Adam Fortuna, assistant general manager and sommelier at Grand Rapids, Mich.'s Reserve Wine & Food