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Whiskey's turn in the spotlight: 5 craft brands to try

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Amid all the buzz surrounding wine and beer, whiskey is enjoying a moment of its own.

Sales for the dark liquor continue to rise, as do the number of craft distilleries popping up across the country. According to Lew Bryson, managing editor at Whisky Advocate and author of Tasting Whiskey, there were only a handful of craft distilleries 10 years ago. Now, however, "just in the last three [or] four years the numbers just exploded. We're up to over 600 now."

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At the most recent WhiskyFest in New York City, a festival that features more than 350 whiskies, CNBC asked Bryson which five craft whiskeys are a must try. Here's what he told CNBC in a recent interview.

By CNBC's Kevin Kane.

David A. Grogan | CNBC