Some things are not best in moderation. Recent years show more and more liquor extremists dismissing the usual 80-proof spirit for booze-packing proofs in throat-burningly high strengths. If you’ve already completed our last list and lived to tell about it, first take a bow to acknowledge your fine accomplishment. Then peruse this list of five more spirits your liver won’t appreciate. If you’re wondering why firewater is making waves in the market, all we can say is that the cask strength thirst is real.
Like the original Angel’s Envy bourbon, this cask strength counterpart is finished in port barrels and shares notes of vanilla. Unlike the original, this Kentucky hooch is bringing a 60.5% ABV (123 proof) to the party. The reviews for this bourbon have been overwhelmingly positive with claims of being world-class and heavenly. Our advice? Buy the original bourbon for your friends and keep the cask strength for yourself. And please, with its $149 price tag—drink it slowly.
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If you think Anchor is only good for churning out beers, think again. Unknown to many of their suds-loving customers, the San Francisco company has been trafficking quality spirits for years. The company’s cask strength whiskey, Old Potrero 18th Century Whiskey, is both an homage to the distillery’s location and to the first grain turned into a spirit: rye. This bottle houses liquor at more than 102 proof. What better way to pay tribute to one of the best drinking cities in America?
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Everclear, the IKEA of spirits: It gets the job done and was probably in your dorm room. This neutral grain spirit is so high proof that it’s only legally available in 14 states. In some cases, you can only get the 190 proof (yes, 190 proof) liquor on military bases. If drinking lighter fluid isn’t your cup of tea, you can settle for the lower proof version of the spirit which clocks in at a modest 151 proof. We warn you: Don’t hurt yourself with this booze. However, if you do, everclear can also be used as an antiseptic. Talk about a multi-use product.
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Of all the spirits on this list, Bacardi 151 is going to be the easiest to find. This 151 proof rum has become a staple in bars and popular cocktails like the Hurricane and Pain Killer since being introduced to the states in 1981. Bacardi 151 is also used in a lot of flaming cocktails. However, the brand doesn’t want you to take the term “firewater” too literally: a stainless-steel flame arrester is installed into each bottle as a precaution against risk-taking drinkers.
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A high-proof spirit list would not be complete without absinthe. With most bottles being 90 proof or higher, the options are limitless. Mansinthe is making this list because of its interesting origin. Created by controversial musician Marilyn Manson and just like Manson himself, this absinthe isn’t for the faint of heart. Mansinthe is 132 proof and made David Wondrich’s list of 5 Best Absinthe Bottles in 2008. Maybe it’s time to pick up a bottle.
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