Top 10 Tequila & Mezcal

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Top 10 Tequila & Mezcal

For sipping or mixing, neat or on the rocks upgrade your bar and explore these top ten tequila and mezcal bottles that will wow your palate.

These agave spirits are close cousins. Technically any spirit distilled from agave is considered mezcal making tequila a type of mezcal. The first tequilas were actually called Vinos de Mezcal, which translates to Mezcal Wines!

Explore the vast realm of tequila and mezcal. They have both earned themself a rightful place in your collection.

Want something besides tequila? These are the top 10 rums and top 10 gins you can buy.

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  1. Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    82%
    4
    Embodying the rich Mexican tradition and culture, Clase Azul Tequila Reposado is crafted by slowly cooking 100% blue Weber agave in traditional ovens. After fermentation takes place with their secret blend of yeasts, the tequila is aged for 8 months in American whiskey casks that impart it with flavors of vanilla and hazelnut that lead into an exceptionally smooth finish. Triple-filtered, this award-winning reposado comes in the recognizable decanter with hand-painted cobalt blue ornaments. The long list of medals includes gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, respectively. Pair this one with some rich pork, aged cheese, or decadent desserts.

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    Gold hue with bright yellow highlights. The nose greets with aromas of agave syrup, vanilla, candied orange peel, and American oak. The medium body brings flavors of hazelnut, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and a subtle hint of agave syrup. The finish is smooth and long.
    $162.99
  2. Kah Tequila Reposado

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday with roots in Mayan and Aztec culture. Instead of mourning and sadness, it celebrates the lives of the departed, seeing death as a natural part of life. KAH Tequila honors Mexico and its people, channeling the spirit of this joyful holiday and its famous imagery. The unique packaging is inspired by calaveras ― traditional colorfully-decorated sugar skulls that symbolize death and rebirth.

    Produced at the modern distillery Fabrica de Tequilas Finos, which was established in 2000 in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, it's a proper traditional tequila that comes in the standard 3 formats: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. Made with 100% blue agaves from the highlands and lowlands of Jalisco, the agaves are picked at optimal ripeness, having matured for 6 to 7 years. They are then cooked for 9.5 hours, milled, and filtered. After the juice has fermented for 42 hours, it is double-distilled and brought to proof with reverse-osmosis and charcoal-filtered water from a nearby volcano spring.

    The award-winning KAH Tequila Reposado (rested) expression comes in a red-and-yellow bottle that celebrated Peruvian Dia de los Muertos traditions where a dance with the devil is performed and tequila is poured on the ground as an offering in order to keep people safe. Aged between 6 and 8 months in medium-toasted American oak barrels, it has intense agave flavors.

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    There is intense agave on the nose and palate, along with a touch of candy, vanilla, toffee, and caramel. It's a full-bodied spirit with a viscous mouthfeel, plenty of fruit notes, as well as oak.
    $52.99
  3. Casamigos Blanco Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In Mexico, tequila distilleries are identified by their NOM, a number given by the Mexican Government to identify legal entities that produce tequila. Casamigos is produced at the Productos Finos de Agave; NOM 1416, the same distillery that makes well-known brands like Avion (the tequila created by the “Entourage” crew) and Clase Azul. 

    Often classified in the same area as Casa Noble Tequilas, Casamigos is crafted from agave sourced from the Highlands of Jalisco. Though the businesses success is propelled by celebrity, Clooney and Gerber have succeeded in crafting a high-quality product with sophisticated, nuanced flavors. Casamigos Tequila Reposado is made from 100% Agave, produced at Productos Finos de Agave in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Resting for 2 months Casamigos Blanco is crisp and clean with hints of citrus, vanilla and sweet agave, with a long smooth finish.

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    Bright agave, subtle smoke, nuttiness, and vanilla. The palate is bright with caramel, brown butter, oak wood, tobacco, and agave. The finish is medium length with a hint of smoke.
    $48.99
  4. Partida Tequila Blanco

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    93%
    1
    Born from a marriage of traditional tequila making and modern technology, Partida Familia Tequila Blanco is made from blue agave nectar sourced near El Cerro, a dormant volcano, in Santiago de Tequila, Mexico. From afar, the rolling hills of agave fields could be mistaken for vineyards in the south of France or Sonoma Valley. Up close, however, you can see the rich, red soil, which creates the perfect terrain for maturing the agave plant. With years of experience, jimadors determine exactly when each agave is ready for harvest.

    Jose Valdez, Tequila Partida's master distiller, holds a Tequila Expert degree from Cultura y Capacitación del Tequila A.C. (Tequila Culture and Training Association), and is also a certified Tequila Technician from the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (Tequila Regulatory Council). He carefully monitors the entire production process, including the quality of the blue agave.

    Cultivated for nearly 10 years until the piñas are perfectly ripened with mature, robust sugars, the blue agave is harvested by hand and slowly baked within 24 hours in state-of-the-art autoclaves to preserve freshness and flavor. After the agave has been baked and shredded, Valdez lets the agave juices ferment for nearly two days before twice distilling the tequila and bottling it by hand.

    Boasting a soft aroma and with hints of citrus, herbs and fruit, Partida Familia Tequila Blanco is smooth, clean and refreshing. Expect crisp, rich natural flavors and clean, smooth taste with bright notes of tropical fruits and vanilla, with hints of cooked agave, white pepper spice and succulent grapefruit. Enjoy this superb unaged tequila sipping or in crisp cocktails.

    Partida Familia Tequila Blanco was awarded 95 points, Finalist, Tried & True Award at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019, Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 as well as 95 points by Wine Enthusiast

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    After a herbal and earthy nose, expect crisp, rich natural flavors and clean, smooth taste with bright notes of tropical fruits and vanilla, with hints of cooked agave, white pepper spice and succulent grapefruit.
    $33.99
  5. Clase Azul Mezcal

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    63%
    2
    Mezcal Clase Azul is crafted from Cenizo Agave, which grows wild in the State of Durango, an area with extreme microclimates, rich soil, and natural springs. Elements which which impart a distinctive complexity to the spirit. The agave is hand milled, and aged for eight months in ex-oak barrels, triple micro-filtrated and bottled in a beautiful, hand-painted, bespoke ceramic vial. “Its black matte decanter, inspired by black clay pottery, is hand-carved artisans from Mexican artisans and its unique and colorful top, is hand-crafted by artisans belonging to the Huichol culture” (producer).

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    Its underground cooking generates sweet notes of peanut, brown sugar, honey, ash, wood and chocolate. Fermentation using stone piles with red oak, add some ripened fruit notes.
    $461.99
  6. Rosaluna Mezcal Joven

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    99%
    9
    Rosaluna Mezcal is made by a sister and brother duo, JJ and Frida Méndez León Jiménez, in the small village of Santiago Matatlán, also known as the "World Capital of Mezcal." Their family has been lovingly creating the spirit and perfecting the craft in the heart of beautiful Oaxaca for over six generations. With an experienced team of brand builders who appreciate the finer things in life on the business side of the venture, they have created a mezcal that is designed to get you hooked on the magic of this unique spirit.

    Agaves for the Rosaluna Mezcal grow for up to eight years in the Matatlán soil, which gives the mezcal earthy notes later in the process. The agaves are nurtured, and constantly cleaned by hand, and when they are ready, the heart of the agave is harvested, and the leaves (pencas) are removed in order to get only the pineapple (piña), which contains the most sweetness. Piñas are roasted over pinewood fire for up to five days, and then mashed or milled. After adding water to the agave juice and fiber, the mash is left to ferment for up to eight days, and the result is double distilled to create the final spirit of Rosaluna.

    Rosaluna is an all-natural, handmade mezcal, created for a modern consumer who appreciates this spirit’s simplicity and close connection to the nature. It is made of only two ingredients – hand selected 8-year-old agave and water – and with lots of love and respect for the craft. Rosaluna mezcal is a single-estate product, which means that the agaves are grown, harvested, cooked, fermented and distilled, and the handcrafted spirit is bottled on the estate, giving the distillers complete control over the quality and consistency of the end product. The production of this artisan spirit is carbon neutral. This mezcal was created with everyone in mind, and is the perfect pick for the mezcal newbie or the mezcal connoisseur.

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    The nose is fruity, with citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, and pear. The complex palate has roasted agave sweetness, caramel, spice, ginger, and cinnamon. The finish is smooth, with a hint of agave smoke, and subtle layers of sweet fruit and baking spice.
    $36.99
  7. Ilegal Mezcal Añejo

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is aged for thirteen months in medium-charred American oak, medium-charred French oak and used bourbon casks. The production process begins with roasting the piñas in underground ovens in small batches, chopping them into smaller pieces and finally crushing them to a mash by a tahona, a stone mill drawn by a horse. The mash is then fermented by airborne yeasts – no yeast is added – before it is distilled in 250-liter copper pot stills. Due to the maturation period, each batch of Ilegal Mezcal Añejo is slightly different and this artisanal mezcal boasts expressive aromas of maple, clove, and bitter orange on the nose. The flavors open up to notes of dark chocolate and sweet agave, all rounded up with a smooth, long, and slightly smoky finish.

    Desperate for a good agave-based spirit to stock at his bar (Café No Se) in Antigua, John Rexer began smuggling artisanal mezcal from Mexico to Guatemala using banditos, river rafts, bribes, disguises, and late night drop points. As word spread about Rexer's illegal mezcal, travelers and tourists, journalists and photographers and lawyers and businessmen began patronizing Rexer's bar and smuggling the mezcal from Guatemala back to the United States. Simply put, Ilegal Mezcal began as an illegal pursuit to stock Café No Se with some of the finest spirits being distilled in Mexico. In 2006, Rexer created the brand Ilegal and today, the journey of Ilegal Mezcal begins in Matatlan, Oaxaca, where it's produced at Mal de Amor by Maestros Mezcaleros Armando and Alvaro Hernandez and at Los Javis by Maestro Mezcalero Javier Mateo.

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    Expect maple, clove, and bitter orange on the nose. On the palate, the flavors open up to notes of dark chocolate and sweet agave, all rounded up with a smooth, long, and slightly smoky finish.
    $92.99
  8. Dos Hombres Tobala Mezcal

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Dos Hombres Mezcal is a memorable collaboration between two stars of the iconic Television series Breaking Bad — Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul (aka the legendary Walter White and Jesse Pinkman). The latest stars to enter the agave spirits world, the duo hand-selected spirits from several mezcal producers in San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca.

    After the smash-hit series, Cranston and Paul arrived at the idea for their new venture over a few cocktails. After deciding on the project, the pair began traveling to Oaxaca to find the "perfect" mezcal. After a thorough journey through the majestic Oaxaca, they found the ultimate spirit off the beaten path, in a tiny village, hours away from the center of town. Dos Hombres is hand-crafted using espadin agaves. The piñas are cooked in earthen pits to release their sugars before being crushed using a tahona wheel. After fermenting for seven to 10 days, Dos Hombres mezcal is distilled in copper stills.

    The limited-edition Tobala Mezcal is crafted with Tobala agaves that take on the aromas of the copal trees that grow in the region. The agaves used for this batch were fully matured and harvested after nearly 25 years of age by Gregorio Velasco. Fresh, fruity, and floral, the mezcal has a very subtle smokiness on the finish.

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    The mezcal has a fruity freshness with subtly sweet plum, chocolate, and floral notes of lilies. There's a touch of wood and a gentle whiff of smoke on the finish.
    $377.99
  9. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal

    Proof84 (42% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Del Maguey Vida Mezcal has an aroma of honey, vanilla, pineapple and citrus that gives way to notes of fresh herbs, earthy minerals, cinnamon, banana and tangerine on the palate. The finish is long and soft, with a touch of black pepper.

    The mezcal earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011. In addition it earned a score of 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2012, which named it the Best Mezcal in the World. It was also named one of the "Best Gift Ideas of 2014" by Esquire.

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    Aroma of honey, vanilla, pineapple and citrus. Notes of fresh herbs, earthy minerals, cinnamon, banana and tangerine on the palate. Finish is long and soft, with a touch of black pepper.
    $37.99
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