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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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1,850 807
Grey Goose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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1,505 643
Crown Royal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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1,531 714
Hennessy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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1,311 660
Ciroc is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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787 456
Maker's Mark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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833 512
Johnnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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721 430
Don Julio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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634 392
Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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474 275
Woodford Reserve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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612 388
Gentleman Jack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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582 392
Bombay Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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685 507
Bacardi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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474 326
Ketel One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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384 277
The Macallan distillery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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376 273
The Glenlivet distillery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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346 264
1800 Tequila is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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536 461
Absolut is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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369 296
Knob Creek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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460 418
Jim Beam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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353 342
Tanqueray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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325 323
Chivas Regal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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218 258
Glenfiddich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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285 364
Wild Turkey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands
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204 251
Pappy Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Top Shelf Alcohol Brands