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Did you know when you buy your favorite spirits, more often than not you're paying for water?  That's because when spirits are ready to be bottled, they're usually more alcoholic than the 80-86 proof (also known as 40-43% alcohol) popular with most drinkers today, so they need a little H20 to tone them down. Frankly, this is rather bogus. If you want your liquor in its pristine, unadulterated, straight-from-the-barrel high-proof form—where you get to decide how much water to add or not add—look no further than these ten tasty and powerful spirits, all of them more than 55% alcohol. In a few cases, a lot more. The phrase "liquor is quicker" has never seemed more apt.

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