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The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands  

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If you’re a liquor enthusiast, here are a few bottles to add to your collection! If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best top shelf alcohol brands?” you’ve definitely come to the right place! This list includes only the top of the line, more expensive brands of liquor for the sophisticated pallet, including: Pravda, Martini & Rossi, Hennessy, Jim Beam (Black), Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Patron, Glenlivet, Appleton Estate, Cruzan, and Tanqueray. While not necessarily affordable alcohol, these brands are great for a fancy party. From vodka to rum to whiskey to tequila, it's all here for you to browse! 

Top Shelf liquor includes only the best ones available; the term “top shelf” was derived from the fact that grocery and liquor stores only put these more expensive, higher-quality liquors on the top of the shelf in order to prevent people from stealing them. Middle and bottom-line products are usually not placed on the top. Because of its supreme quality, liquor in this category typically costs a lot more than traditional liquors and is usually not intended for every day drinking. Most of the time people only pull bottles like these out for special occasions.

Just remember that you truly get what you pay for! Alcohol in this category usually doesn’t have that “bite” that most others have; the ingredients are higher-quality, and the aging process can be different as well. Nevertheless, if you're looking for some fancy hard alcohol with a great taste, this list will guide you in the right direction.

Vote up your favorite alcohols below to determine the best top shelf liquor! 

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Patrón is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Grey Goose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Crown Royal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Cîroc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Johnnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Don Julio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Bombay Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Bacardi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Ketel One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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The Glenlivet distillery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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The Macallan distillery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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1800 Tequila is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Absolut is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Tanqueray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Chivas Regal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Glenfiddich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands