Departures: The Year in Spirits

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From high-end rums and a perfect lemon aperitif, to small-batch gins, these were our favorite sips in 2023.

I’ve been amazed at the level of craft emerging from today’s spirit scene — hyperpremium, boutique brands truly bottling a rich sense of place. They make nightcaps and aperitivo hours feel more like a treat, a ritual to savor solo or in the best of company. The stories behind the spirits are often equally as compelling as their content. Many of these bottles are the products of founders honoring their heritage, old recipes, more conscious consumption, or blends never attempted before. Below you’ll find a selection of reader favorites — what you all seem to have loved the most from our spirits content (plus a few extra personal favorites of mine). Cheers.

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