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The Glass Less Traveled

Your passport to a pour off the beaten path.

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Are you a Jameson junkie? Ask for a sake bomb without caring exactly what sake tastes like? Do you reflexively pull out the Patrón card when you want to impress? It's time for a more sophisticated detour. Here are some directions on treating your taste buds to international flavors, from South America to the United Kingdom and onward to East Asia.

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TEQUILA

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Tres Generaciones Añejo

$9/shot

Where We Found It

Bandito's Burrito Lounge
2905 Patterson Ave.
banditosburritolounge.com

Recommended By

Otto Bartsch, Bartender

Describes It As

Caramel overtones, rested in wood barrels. "High-end, excellent flavor, but one of the best values for what you're getting."

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Espolón Tequila Blanco

$7.50/shot

Where We Found It

Bistro 27
27 W. Broad St.
bistrotwentyseven.com

Recommended By

Bobby Kruger, Beverage Director

Describes It As

"Remarkably smooth and clean," 100-percent agave. "It's the Patrón killer. It's a great silver tequila at half the price."

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Tres Agaves Reposado

$5.50/shot

Where We Found It

Baja Bean Co.
1520 W. Main St.
bajabean.com

Recommended By

Ryan Knause, Bartender and Manager

Describes It As

His go-to tequila. Barrel-aged and smooth, "very easy to drink."

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SCOTCH

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Penderyn Single-Malt Welsh whiskey

$19/shot

Where We Found It

McCormack's Whisky Grill and Smokehouse
204 N. Robinson St.

Recommended By

William "Mac" McCormack, Owner

Describes It As

OK, it isn't Scotch, technically. But it's a popular seller, from Wales, with a "citrus and floral fragrance. The finish is slightly vanilla."

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Lagavulin Single Malt 16 Years

$14/shot

Where We Found It

Can Can Brasserie
3120 W. Cary St.
cancanbrasserie.com

Recommended By

Melissa McGoniagle, Bartender

Describes It As

A "touch of sweetness" with a peat taste. "It's kind of like the Scotch with training wheels a little bit."

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The Balvenie 14-Year-Old Caribbean Cask

$12/shot

Where We Found It

Buckhead's Restaurant & Chop House
8510 Patterson Ave.
buckheads.com

Recommended By

Casey Brynildsen, Bartender

Describes It As

A single-malt "summer Scotch" from a rum cask, which smooths out the flavors. For "people who don't like that peaty taste."

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SAKE

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Bamboo Power

$21/bottle

Where We Found It

Wild Ginger
3734 Winterfield Road, Midlothian
wildgingerva.com

Recommended By

Cordell Watkins, Bartender

Describes It As

Filtered, served cold from a bottle wrapped in bamboo paper. "Crisp, clear, some citrus flavors, dry."

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Ozeki Nigori

$13/bottle

Where We Found It

Kobe Japanese Steak & Sushi
19 S. 13th St.
kobesteakandsushi.com

Recommended By

Tad Johnson, Server

Describes It As

His favorite. A "rich and thick" unfiltered sake.

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Sho Chiku Bai Nigori

$12/bottle

Where We Found It

Sticky Rice
2232 W. Main St.
stickyricefan.com

Recommended By

Jonny Mac, Bartender

Describes It As

"Silky sweet taste." Unfiltered, "so it has all the nutrients still in it."

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