Whittling this list down to a mere 50 spirits from the hundreds of bottlings tasted throughout the year was a challenging task.\u00a0\r\nWhy was it so hard to choose?\r\nBecause 2013 brought an excess of excellence. A list of favorite spirits tasted within the last year could have easily been double this length. For sure, this is a nice problem to have\u2014and it certainly doesn\u2019t happen every year. But particularly within the whiskey and brandy categories, there have been many \u201cWow!\u201d tasting moments.\u00a0\r\nProducers are embracing innovation like never before. And this creativity is coming from all areas\u2014an unusual barrel-aged gin, a field-to-flask whiskey and a citrusy Tequila fermented using wine yeasts are only three examples among this year\u2019s Top 50 Spirits.\u00a0\r\nWhile all of the spirits featured on this list received high scores, we considered many other factors as well. We strove to provide a diverse list reflecting a broad range of spirits categories, regions and price points among those reviewed during the past 12 months. Although some limited-edition bottlings are included on the list, we avoided including those available in extremely small quantities.\u00a0\r\nWe hope this list of must-try spirits will yield many memorable moments for you in the year ahead.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSee the full list of 2013's Top 50 Spirits in the PDF version, or view the list in our\u00a0Buying Guide.\r\nTo see the Top 50 Spirits of 2012,\u00a0click here.\r\nTo see Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2013, click here.\u00a0\r\nTo see the Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Best Buys,\u00a0click here.\r\nTo see Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections,\u00a0click here.\u00a0\r\nTo see Wine Enthusiast's Top 25 Beers, click here.