Our choice: whiskey, which has a taste profile unparalleled by any other spirit, and in a stainless steel flask, travels beautifully in the backcountry. 1) Learn to distinguish varieties like bourbon, Scotch, Canadian whiskey, and single malt. 2) Describe, in this order: color, aroma, mouth-feel, flavor, finish. 3) Trust your own judgment. 4) Pass that flask around.
Not enough for you? Take a week-long trip along the whisky trail.