7 Favorite Regional Spirits
Cuestión Tequila ($33 to $48)
Cuestión president and CEO Jason Fandrich grew up 15 minutes from Lynchburg, Tenn., so it makes sense that his reposado and añejo tequilas are aged in former Jack Daniel’s barrels. The tasty spirit is made in Jalisco, Mexico, and Americans can find it only in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.
El Perico Silver ($30) and Reposado ($36)
The main reason this 100-percent-blue-agave liquor can’t be called tequila is that it’s distilled just outside Houston. (By law, tequila must come from Mexico.) The unaged silver is excellent for a Margarita, while the rum barrel-rested reposado is good for sipping over ice. The alcohol is on shelves in Arkansas, California, and Texas.
Few Rye Whiskey ($65)
Produced in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that is home to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s headquarters and was dry up until the 1990s, this spirit thumbs its nose at Prohibition. The spicy-and-sweet whiskey (pictured above) can currently be found just in Illinois and the Pacific Northwest.
To great fanfare, the New York Distilling Company opened late last year in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s co-owned by talented mixologist and Liquor.com advisory board member Allen Katz. Currently, the brand’s two gins, the refreshing Dorothy Parker and the potent (114-proof) Perry’s Tot, are sold only in the Empire State.