Kings County Whiskey, Bourbon & Moonshine

Sure, when most people think of Whiskey, Bourbon, or Moonshine, they think of Kentucky and other similarly southern states — but that doesn't mean those damn Yankees can't get in on the fun. Given its license on April 14 of this year, Kings County Distillery, makers of Whiskey, Bourbon & Moonshine ($20), is New York City's only operating whiskey distillery, and the first since before prohibition. Currently available from select spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan, those of us outside the greater Gotham area will just have to rely on good ol' Astor Wines and Spirits.

  • Mortlach 70

    If you don't mind spending your child's college tuition fund on a single bottle of scotch, you might need help, and you'll no doubt be interested in Mortlach 70 (£10,000; roughly $15,200). Distilled in 1938 — before most of our parents were even born — the world's oldest whisky is surprisingly spry, with a slightly sweet start, a long finish, and notes of dried fig and smoky tobacco throughout. Plus, it comes in a display-worthy package, so you can show off your liquor lunacy to friends, family, and psychiatric professionals.

  • Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey

    It's somewhat hard to believe, but rye hasn't been produced in New York since the prohibition days of gangsters, speakeasies, and secret, booze-eating trap doors. Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey ($50) is out to remedy this. Hudson's rye is made from whole grain rye, one batch at a time, ensuring a true 92 proof product, with a fruity, floral taste, unmistakable rye edge, and smooth finish. In addition, each bottle is hand-filled, capped, waxed, and numbered, and is, unsurprisingly, a nearly perfect base for a tasty manhattan.

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