Don Julio 1942

Don Julio makes an añejo with the color stripped out (see Qui) and an extra-añejo it calls Real, but the bottle we fall hardest for is this two-and-a-half-year-old near extra-añejo. By not giving over to the amber depths of most extra-añejos, the 1942 plays like a fine cognac, with fiery spice balanced by notes of salted caramel and creamy tropical fruit. [$125; donjulio.com]