About Best Buys

Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you are on a budget, these bottles can't be beat! 



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Best Inexpensive Liquor

Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
$23
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Plantation Isle Of Fiji Rum
96 points
$24
Best Buy
Brilliant light amber color. Attractive, inviting aromas and flavors of waffle iron, bananas foster in a copper pot, and fresh praline with a satiny, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with notes of cane stalk and leaves, tres leche cake with a drizzle of molasses, butter pecan sundae with real maraschino cherries, and tobacco ash and rubber sap. A fantastic, flavor-packed pot still Rum that instantly teleports you to a tiki bar on an exotic island; pack your bags with this one and stay a while.
96 points $24 Best Buy
Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
96 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of plantain pepper bread, roasted nuts, wet grass and straw, and saltines with a supple, medium-full body and a hot, long polenta with caramelized tropical fruits, cane stalk, and charcoal and minerals finish. A rich and flavorful overproof Rum that opens up beautifully with dilution.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Ish Spirits Gin-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
96 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, black pepper, fresh parsley, fresh coriander seed, and lemon zest with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish. This spirit alternative offers the classic London Dry botanical profile and satisfying perceived heat; a raging success for the category, enjoy as liberally as your heart desires.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Cucumber Flavored Vodka
95 points
$19
Best Buy
Clear color. Pure aromas and flavors of freshly sliced cucumber and hints of basil with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with nuances of lime and melon. A stellar Flavored Vodka that sings with pure, natural cucumber flavor and an easy-to-mix dry palate.
Awards: 2021 Best Flavored Vodka
95 points $19 Best Buy
Plantation Original Dark Double Aged Rum
95 points
$21
Best Buy
Clear amber color. Creamy, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of marzipan, pear, nutmeg, and banana with a syrupy, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate cherries, baking spices and vanilla. A great Rum to sip on while having enough spice and complexity to stand up in a cocktail.
95 points $21 Best Buy
Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
94 points
$0
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet tea, gunpowder, grilled green apple, rubber, bacon, orange peel, and pineapple chutney with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long latex and spiced parsnips finish. A curious and concentrated Blanco Mezcal for celebrating and cocktailing.
94 points $0 Best Buy
Trader Joe’s Cocoa Cream Liqueur
94 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa powder, and graham crackers with a creamy, crisp, sweet fat body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length hot fudge on chocolate gelato and chocolate mousse finish. Giant chocolate flavors for your inner child; luxuriate with this over ice.
94 points $7.99 Best Buy
Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog Cream Liqueur
94 points
$10
Best Buy
Creamy almond white color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spice egg nog with nutmeg with a creamy, vibrant, sweet medium-full body and an even, appealing, long finish evoking notes of egg nog gelato, horchata, and white chocolate toffee. A richly spiced, creamy and balanced egg nog liqueur that is a delight to drink.
Awards: 2021 Chicago Indie Spirits Awards - Best Liqueur
94 points $10 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur
94 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of watermelon finish. A light and outgoing melon liqueur with an excellent sense of freshness and purity.
94 points $13.95 Best Buy