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The Top 100 Spirits of 2023

The Top 100 Spirits of 2023
Photography: Marshall Troy, Styling: Jessica Zindren Photography: Marshall Troy, Styling: Jessica Zindren

This past year, a few great bottles made us sit up and take notice. These were the bottles we couldn’t stop thinking about. We posted them on social media, poured them for others and nicked them to take home for our own collection.

Many of these have big, bold profiles: a sunny passion-fruit liqueur that makes tropical cocktails shine; a mezcal bursting with spicy-sweet mole flavors; a small-batch bourbon from an independent bottler that, true to its name, soars with spice.

Sure, we also appreciate the quiet beauty of nuanced, subtle spirits, and plenty of those bottles fill out the list, too. But looking back, 2023 was the year that a weary world finally seemed to spring back to life. Bars and restaurants boomed. Robust-flavored cocktails like the Hugo Spritz and the Espresso Martini flourished. New bottlings rolled out at a furious clip.

Compiled from the hundreds of bottles we’ve had the opportunity to review over the past 12 months, this list represents a wide and exciting range. Pricing spans from $750 (for a stunning limited-edition Irish whiskey—watch your back, Scotch) to a $20 best-buy organic vodka. We hope you’ll find here memorable bottles you’ll want to share, too.  — Kara Newman  


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What Is Blind Tasting?

All tastings reported in the Buying Guide are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of from 5-8 samples. Reviewers may know general information about a flight to provide context—vintage, variety or appellation—but never the producer or retail price of any given selection. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.


The Pinnacle of quality


A great achievement


Highly recommended


Very Good
Often good value; well recommended


Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value


Can be employed