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 cachaça.
“Technically not a rum, this sugar cane spirit aged for two years in very rare Brazilian wood barrels is exceptional and a hidden gem not to be missed. Hints of toasted coconut, honey and light citrus make for a great-tasting holiday spirit neat, on the rocks, with tonic or in a fancy cocktail like a Paper Plane (minus the bourbon).”—Joseph Pereira, bartender at Las Vegas’ Electra
“Foursquare is doing all the right things. This rum is sure to change your perception of the spirit and illustrate what it really is and should be. This particular bottle is pure magic. It’s bottled at 12 years old, coming from used ex–American oak barrels, bottled at cask strength, free of any sugar or additives and matured purely in the tropical land of Barbados. This has tons going on. Expect greatness!”—Jordan Joseph, bar manager at Raleigh, N.C.'s Centro and Gallo Pelón
“It’s a beautiful representation of what Plantation does well.”—Fortuna
Mixing your cocktail