A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of their liquor, the proper preparation of cocktails and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation in addition to back story and knowing the brewers, distillers and bartenders who create those drinks.

A libationist is not necessarily a drink snob, only enjoying specialty and/or liquor items difficult to obtain and/or expensive drinks; though, that is a variety of libationist and probably the most common or at least easy to spot in a bar.
Because he was a libationist, he liked to collect orphan barrel bourbons and only drink them on special occasions.
by CmdrTrekk December 22, 2014
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