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10 Best White Liquors Tasted & Ranked (2023 Edition)

Best White Liquor

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

White liquor, also called clear or white spirits, comes in many styles and characters. From the alluring purity of vodkas to the captivating botanicals of gins, and the pristine charm of white rums and tequilas, our expertise guides you to the most exceptional choices.

In this article, we will explore the best white liquor bottles available, meticulously chosen based on our rigorous criteria: taste, profile, and value for the price.

Keep reading to know more.

Top 10 White Liquors You Should Try

10. Bacardi – Rum Silver Light (Superior)

Man Holding Bottle of Bacardi - Rum Silver Light (Superior)

Average Price: Around $15 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Aromas of vanilla, sugarcane juice, and subtle oak

Palate: Light-bodied, with tropical fruit, vanilla, and oak

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Why We Like It: Bacardi Superior is one of the most popular white rum brands in the market, if not the world.

“Discover the finest white liquor for an exquisite sipping experience.” – Liquor Laboratory

Like wine or añejo blanco, this white rum is great whether it is enjoyed neat or incorporated into popular cocktails, [1] like a piña colada.

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9. Patrón Silver – Tequila

Bottle of Patrón Silver - Tequila

Average Price: Around $50 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Citrus and fruity aromas

Palate: Fresh agave with a hint of citrus

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Why We Like It: Patrón Silver has a lush mouthfeel, making it an ideal choice for sipping neat or over ice. Additionally, the versatility of the clear spirit shines beautifully in cocktails.

8. Ketel One – Vodka

Making Cocktail Drink Using Ketel One - Vodka 

Average Price: Around $25 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Honey and lemon

Palate: Sugar and lime

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Why We Like It: Ketel One Vodka has a velvety finish that sets it apart from other white liquor. This makes perfect sense, seeing as how it ranked on top in the Drinks International 2023 event.

7. SKYY – Vodka

2 Bottles of SKYY - Vodka

Average Price: Around $20 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Subtle salinity and minerality to the nose, like ocean water

Palate: Light and fresh with a hint of stone fruit and lime

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Why We Like It: SKYY has a distinctly saline quality to it, which makes total sense with the fact that it was inspired by the San Francisco coastline. We find that it’s perfect for martinis. [2]

6. Smirnoff – Vodka

Bottle of Smirnoff - Vodka

Average Price: Around $20 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Slightly sweet

Palate: Remarkably pure and velvety

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Why We Like It: Smirnoff is remarkably clean and pure, mainly due to its triple distillation and ten times filtration process. It’s also a great choice for those who want to drink milder vodka.

5. Svedka – Vodka

Svedka - Vodka Bottle Label

Average Price: Around $20 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Light citrus and sugar

Palate: Bread dough, vanilla, and pepper

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Why We Like It: Svedka Vodka has a subtle sweetness, making it perfect for sipping and mixing in various cocktail recipes.

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4. Tanqueray – London Dry Gin

Bottle and a Glass of Tanqueray - London Dry Gin

Average Price: Around $30 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 47.3% ABV

Nose: Heavy botanical aroma

Palate: Sophisticated and well-rounded

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Why We Like It: Tanqueray London Dry is a perfectly balanced spirit with a sophisticated and well-rounded palate. It is also the bartender’s choice bottle for the perfect G&T.

3. Titos – Handmade Vodka

Bottle of Titos - Handmade Vodka

Average Price: Around $30 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40% ABV

Nose: Creamed corn

Palate: Vanilla and creamed corn

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Why We Like It: While most distilleries would use grains for their vodka, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has a distinct earthy smoothness from the corn blend. It’s perfect for savory cocktails, like the Bloody Mary.

2. Buffalo Trace White Dog

Man Holding bottle of Buffalo Trace White Dog

Average Price: Around $20 (375ml)

Alcohol Content: 62.5% ABV

Nose: Sweet and slightly burnt

Palate: Bread dough, popcorn, vanilla, toasted, brown sugar, apples, and hints of tropical fruit

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Why We Like It: White Dog is geared towards those with a sweeter palate, whether on its own or with cocktails.

Fun Fact: Did you know that White Dog is the raw distillate? After it is aged inside oak casks, it is bottled and sold into the world-famous Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. But is there such a thing as clear whiskey?

“Delightful white spirits, a smooth journey for the senses.” – Liquor Laboratory

1. Bombay Sapphire

Bottle of Bombay Sapphire and a Glass of Cocktail Drink

Average Price: Around $37 (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 47% ABV

Nose: Ripe citrus, sugar, and a touch of juniper

Palate: Citrus, nutty oils, and rich spices

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

Why We Like It: The best thing about Bombay Sapphire is the vapor infusion method they use to season the liquor. As a result, it is velvety and complex, with nutty, spicy, and aromatic tastes from botanicals sourced all around the globe. This is our favorite drink in the white liquor market today.

Note: Average prices are based on Drizly and the official product websites. The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Each product was evaluated on its overall quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and overall enjoyment.

Our Criteria In Choosing The Best White Liquors

Flavor Profile

We carefully assess the flavors of each white spirit. We want something fresh and delightful, with a well-balanced blend of notes that excite the palate.

Smoothness

Smoothness is another crucial factor we consider. Like wine and cognac bottles, each spirit must have a velvety and enjoyable drinking experience.

Price & Value

Price and overall value is another factor in our choice. While we understand that you sometimes have to pay a premium price to enjoy good quality liquor, this doesn’t have to be an absolute rule, and that you can get a good bottle without breaking the bank.

FAQs

What’s the best white liquor for mixed drinks?

The top white liquor for cocktail drinks is one you enjoy neat. A solid rule we live by is: if you enjoy drinking the spirit neat, you will definitely enjoy it in a cocktail.

What’s the best white liquor for shots?

The top white liquor for shots is one that is exceptionally velvety. If you want to enjoy shots, you must avoid spirits with a palpable burn because the shot experience will be slightly painful.

What’s the strongest white liquor?

The strongest white liquor from the above spirits is the White Dog, with an ABV of 62.5%.

Key Takeaways

Our top picks provide diverse profiles, smoothness, and their own unique qualities. Notable standouts include Tanqueray Gins, with its distinctive botanical blend, and Buffalo Trace White Dog, for its rich and velvety mash.

Bombay Sapphire impressed us the most with its unique vapor-infusion process. This allows their carefully-selected botanicals to have a subtle fragrance and blend, perfect for those seeking a delightful yet complex white liquor experience.

References:

  1. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/best-ever-rum-cocktail-recipes
  2. https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/recipes/a3667/martini-drink-recipe/
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