Our Favorite Affordable Spirits

These highly rated spirits won't break the bank. They're perfect for your home bar, cocktails, or as gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Nov 15, 2016
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    10 Clear Creek Pinot Noir Grappa
    95
    Fruity
    This grappa is distilled from the pomace of 100% Oregon pinot noir grapes. The careful selection of the sourced pomace from pinot noir grapes is important as the pressing of the grapes must be done gently in order for there to be something to ferment. This is sold in both 375ml and 750ml sized bottles.
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    9 Amaro Montenegro
    96
    Spicy & Herbal
    Amaro Montenegro is made with 40 botanicals using three processes: boiling, maceration, and distillation. Some of these botanicals include: sweet & bitter oranges, petite dried oranges, coriander seeds, marjoram, oregano, artemista blend, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. After this process, 12 mother extracts are crafted. From there, the 12 extracts are blended to form "six aromatic notes" which are blended with alcohol, sugar, and water. Lastly, a seventh ingredient called the "premio" or "prize" is crafted from 5 botanicals which are micro-distilled. One liter of "premio" is used per 15,000 bottles. Amaro Montenegro was created by Stanislao Cobianchi who had traveled the world rather than follow his family's desire for him to join the clergy. He founded his company in 1885 and named it after Princess Elena of Montenegro who went on to become Queen of Italy in 1900.
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    8 Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
    96
    Fruity & Tart
    Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao is based on a 19th century recipe and made in consultation with cocktail historian David Wondrich. It's made by infusing bitter laraha orange peels for one week in grape spirit. Then this infusion is distilled. Separately, walnut skins and prunes are infused for several months in brandy and Pierre Ferrand cognac to create a vegetal infusion. Then the master blender blends the orange distillate, the vegetal infusion, along with brandy and Pierre Ferrand cognac. Toasted cane sugar, which is barrel aged for several months, is used to sweeten the blend. Finally, the Dry Curaçao is left to age for several months in French oak barrels before bottling.
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    7 Chopin Wheat Vodka
    96
    Grain & Neutral
    Released in late 2011, this marks the third release in the family-owned Chopin Vodka brand. It is made from 100% golden Polish wheat. It is distilled in a copper column-still and bottled at 40% ABV.
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    6 Corralejo Reposado Tequila
    96
    Rich
    Corralejo is known for its innovative techniques that date back to 1775 when the distillery first began producing tequila in Guanajuato. This reposado is aged 4 months in 3 different types of casks - French, American and white oak - to impart a variety of characteristics to this matured spirit.
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    5 La Diablada Puro Moscatel Pisco
    96
    Floral & Herbal
    In addition to strict production regulations, Peruvian piscos are further categorized into aromatic or non-aromatic as well as puro (pure) or acholado (blend). This is a puro pisco meaning that this is the product of only one grape. In this case, it is the moscatel grape which is an aromatic grape. As of early 2016, this is now available in the US after only being sold in Peru.
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    4 Evan Williams Single Barrel
    96
    Full Bodied
    Since 1983, the master distiller for Heaven Hill has chosen select barrels for this single barrel series. Each bottle is dated with the vintage date of when the bourbon was distilled along with the year it was bottled. Additionally, each bottle bares a serial number of the barrel from which it was drawn. Bottled at 86.6 proof.
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    3 Eden Mill Love Gin
    97
    Floral & Rich
    This expression, released in 2015 from Eden Hill Brewery & Distillery, is made with a mix of both traditional gin botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander, and angelica, along with more exotic botanicals, including rose petal, hibiscus, elderberry, goji berry, raspberry leaf, and rhubarb root. This gin is bottled at 42% ABV.
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    2 St. George Botanivore Gin
    97
    Floral
    Botanivore is aptly named as this gin most certainly is a "botanical eater", 19 different ones to be exact. Sixteen of them are steeped overnight in a neutral spirit to soak and steep. The remaining three--juniper berries, bay laurel, and fresh cilantro--are placed in a basket within the still to have the vapor pass through them. After pot-distillation, this gin is brought down to 45% ABV. It is sold in a 750ml size and in a 200ml sized bottle, the latter of which is sold in a trio pack with their other two gins.
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    1 4 Copas Tequila Blanco
    98
    Rich & Fruity
    4 Copas was founded by Hector Galindo Miranda The brand makes its tequila from 100% organic blue weber agave along with organic agave yeast in its production. The agaves are slow-cooked in traditional brick ovens. This clear, unaged spirit is bottled at 40% ABV.