There are 2 main ways of measuring the alcohol content of beverages: In the US, the alcohol content is measured in alcohol proof which is twice the percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV), used in Europe. Therefore, 150-proof Rum has 75% ABV. Simple math, right?
In the recent years, alcohol-high spirits have moved past dorm rooms and frat houses onto the mainstream market, as consumers have become hungry for new things to taste. And as we have said countless times before... Tasting is believing!
We assembled a list of the gnarliest spirits, one for each major category. While imagining, how it would be to drink these spirits, just try to remember that your favourite Gins, Whiskies, Cognacs and many other contain approx. 40% alcohol by volume. Strength-wise they are like mother’s milk when compared with the spirits listed below.
This heavyweight champion comes from the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, home of many great distilleries. Makers of this Scotch have decided to revive the ancient method of quadruple-distilling that was used in the 17th century. This single malt Whisky has an alcohol content of 92%, making it the world’s strongest Whisk(e)y.
We dare you to hold it in your mouth for 20 seconds!
This Rum has everything: history, style, power. It is a clear Rum, distilled from the fermented sugarcane juice, using a method known as the pot distillation (very slow distillation that gives maximum flavour).
Rivers Rum is a true blast from the past, as the distillery has more than
Oh, and get this: cane crushing is driven by a water wheel, making this the oldest distillery driven by a water wheel in existence. Now that’s what we call history!
Drinking it neat might give you some kudos with the locals.
Due to its high alcohol content, it’s usually not consumed neat and if you are a craft cocktail junkie like we are, then you know that finding a Cognac with the horsepower to stand up to mixers can be a challenge, making Force 53 a perfect cocktail companion.
This is one of the boldest Cognacs on the market and closest to the cask-strength Cognac you can get.
This Bourbon comes from a Kentucky
Sierra Tequila Silver is a well-matured,
And you know what else is it full of? Alcohol. Regularly, Tequila is bottled at 35 to 55% ABV, but this one just went ahead and crowned itself as the strongest Tequila available for sale, containing 75% ABV.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but drinking huge amounts of this spirit is likely te-quil-a.
This Uncut Strength Gin is made with the same botanicals as their classic strength Gin, including basil, mint, sage, lime rind, lemon flesh and many more.
In the EU, the minimum bottled alcoholic strength of Gin is 37.5% ABV. In the US it's 40%, so no matter where you live, Strane Gin's 76% ABV will kick you in the face.
A very cool side effect of this Gin is time travel, as drinking it might take you back in the 18th century when Gin was sipped fresh out of a still at around 80% ABV. While this is probably not your everyday Gin, it surely accounts for a remarkable tasting experience!
Did that carefully placed word “botanical” throw you off track and persuaded you that this Vodka is healthy? Well, it contains wild elderflower and milk thistle, which are used as a liver support in Chinese medicine, so it might as well be better than drinking the regular stuff. Due to the astronomically-high alcohol content, your liver might just need some support.
If you want to be like the famous Absinthe drinker, Van Gogh, we recommend consuming this spirit in the traditional way, with sugar and well diluted with water. If you don’t meet a green fairy while drinking this, you probably never will.
The strongest spirit in the world
Just a glance at the label makes us somewhat tipsy, so we primarily like to use it for polishing (pun very well intended) other spirits’ bottles. Apparently, pilots in Siberia used to drink this stuff, so who are we to tell you what to do with it.