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.
“If you can find it, it will be sure to please the American whiskey lover in your life. Known for its limited releases, this whiskey is delicious as many of its others have been, and although it’s a very spicy rye, it’s still very easy to drink and behaves as a spirit with a much lower proof than stated on the bottle.”—Jamie Boudreau, owner of and bartender at Seattle's Canon
“Choosing not to have any corn will throw off a hardcore Bourbon fan but it's worth it if you see this on the shelf.”—Marran
“I enjoy American malts, and this one is fairly new and definitely a smooth sipper.”—Marran
“It’s quite possibly one of the best whiskeys I've enjoyed. That's it and that's all.”—Smith
“I think Westland is making some of the best American single-malt whiskey, period.”—Fortuna
“Even though most of the WhistlePig sold until now has actually come from a Canadian distillery, this is part of its series of releases that features whiskey distilled from its own Vermont rye and aged in Vermont oak barrels. It’s truly a unique whiskey that will be one-of-a-kind forever.”—Chaim Dauermann, co-owner at New York City's Stay Gold
“Do you really, really, really love someone? This once-in-a-lifetime whiskey is for best friends and special occasions.”—Smith