Nothing beats a stiff drink at the end of the workday (or in the middle of it). Whether you’ve got a bar cart or stash your office booze in a file cabinet, GQ’s Best Stuff knows exactly which bottles of whiskey belong in your office.

Best whiskey to share with colleagues

If you’re busting out a bottle you’ve stashed in the bottom of a filing cabinet, you’re going to drink it with ice. (Save “pass the bottle” for when things are really bleak.) This means you need a whiskey that can a) hold up to rocks and b) isn’t too pricey… because anything drunk on the rocks is going to be drunk fast and in large quantities. Go for Wild Turkey 101. This high-proof bourbon is reliably delicious, and can stand up to a “Boss of the Year” coffee mug full of melting ice. Stir in a packet of sugar from your “packet drawer” and you’ve got a vague approximation of an Old Fashioned.

But if Scotch is your move, stash a $30 bottle of Monkey Shoulder. Snifter snobs look down at blended Scotches, but what a lot of people don’t understand about them is that they’re often blended with very good single malts—in this case, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kininvie— which is a bit of trivia you can share with your coworkers as they sip. (Power move.)

Best whiskey if you really need a drink at the end of the day

Want a sliiiightly more interesting “dram” (as people who like more interesting drams are inclined to say)? The Glen Grant 12 is light, clean, crisp—the antidote to your mood at the end of a horrible day at work that still hasn’t ended. It’s a boozy pick-me-up.

Best whiskey for your Mad Men-style office bar cart

There should be two types of bottles on your office bar cart: inviting and intriguing. The Macallan is as relatable and identifiable as it gets. A decade of brilliant marketing and a pleasing finish of vanilla and lumber (Note: also works when describing Nick Offerman) have made Macallan hugely popular, and the 18-Year is proof of why. For the intrigue, a bottle from Lagavulin is a Scotch that Macallan drinkers can graduate to. Deeply smoky, but just as sweet, it’s a game-changer the first time you taste it.

Best whiskey to hide in a drawer

In this instance, bottle shape is as important as taste. You want something that has a low center of gravity and won’t tip over. Old Potrero and Leopold Bros come in bottles as stable as your 401k (fingers crossed). The Leopold Bros is made in a pre-Prohibition style that makes for a thinner, sweet, “hotter” whiskey—more trivia for schooling your colleagues.

Best whiskey to impress your boss with

As a drink, conversation piece, and shelf art, nothing beats a Japanese whiskey (which are essentially Scotch—Japanese distillers have utterly perfected the process). If your boss is inclined to be impressed by whiskey, then your boss will be awed by Japanese whiskey—and your choice to drink it. And if your boss has already been awed by Japanese whiskey, it’s a safe bet that whiskey was the immensely popular Yamazaki 12 Year. The more obscure Nikka Coffey Malt, a mellow, sweet grain whiskey will be a revelation. It’s different, definition-expanding, and of the highest quality—just like all Japanese whiskies. And just like the work you’ve been doing. No? Then make it a stiff pour.

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