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Aged Brown Spirits

Distilled Spirits: Aged Brown Spirits

A well-dressed gentleman drinking an old fashioned is debonair and cinematic. A lovely lady sipping on a bourbon is confident and sexy. Here are five of our favorite well aged brown spirits for the new season. You do the rest.

 

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Aged Vodka

1. Absolut Amber, $30 Although not commonly known as a brown spirit, aged vodkas have become en vogue in the cocktail and spirits community. Stored in oak barrels for up to several years, this liquid thrill is aged similarly to scotch and bourbon for a taste that’s truly the best of both worlds. Currently, the recently-released Absolut Amber, aged for a minimum of six months in the traditional brown spirits method, leads the pack.

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Bourbon

2. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $45 Suave and smooth best describes this gem of a spirit. A small batch Kentucky bourbon with hints of spice, pepper and honey, yet light bodied with a gentle bite, this bourbon whiskey is perfect for a smooth sail on a chilly night.

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Rum

3. Brugal 1888, $45 Warm like a tropical breeze, Brugal 1888 from the Dominican Republic hits like a sun-fi lled vacation. Aged for six to eight years in American oak barrels, followed by two to four years in Oloroso Sherry casks, Brugal 1888 has complex notes of chocolate, toff ee, caramel and licorice, followed by a pleasant fi nish that lingers like the sun setting on Punta Cana. Its a sterling choice for the holidays.

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Tequila

4. Don Julio 1942, $125 Aged for a minimum of two and a half years in American oak barrels, Don Julio 1942 is an exceptional expression of an aged tequila. With tasting notes of deep roasted agave, vanilla and spices, this tequila is meant to be sipped and savored— no shots needed.

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Scotch Whiskey

5. Glenmorangie Lasanta, $65 With inklings of butterscotch, walnuts and warm spices, the Glenmorangie Lasanta is a choice scotch for autumn and winter. Aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels, then extra matured in barrels from Spain, the Lasanta is a true testament to the adage

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