Bottle: WhistlePig 12-Year Old-World Rye ($100)
Notes: I burn through a lot of cheap and mid-price rye, but it's always nice to have a top-shelf bottle stashed in the liquor cabinet should a special occasion arise. The 12-year-old WhistlePig, at 90 proof and as smooth as they come, is such a rye. It comprises whiskeys finished in three different wine casts—Port, Madeira, and Sauternes—for a complex, sweet blend of flavors and spices. No, it's not cheap, but it's not too pricey to be shared among close friends and family.
The Perfect Occasion: After a successful day on the water with your old man, bust out the WhistlePig as your catch cooks on the grill. It's not an everyday rye, but one to enjoy when celebration is in order. —J.R.S.