The Clear Choice
Blame scotch nerds for the misconception that the ultimate version of any liquor—whiskey, mescal, even pisco—is the one that’s spent decades mellowing in an oak barrel. Truth is, some spirits taste delicious (and radically different) even if they never spend a second steeped in wood. Here are five liquors that have been in their prime since the moment they were born.
The Clear Choice

Blame scotch nerds for the misconception that the ultimate version of any liquor—whiskey, mescal, even pisco—is the one that’s spent decades mellowing in an oak barrel. Truth is, some spirits taste delicious (and radically different) even if they never spend a second steeped in wood. Here are five liquors that have been in their prime since the moment they were born.