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.

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  1. Fortaleza Still Strength Blanco Tequila

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Tequila Fortaleza is crafted using traditional methods, just as it was made 150 years ago. The process starts with mature, 8-year-old blue Weber agaves from the Tequila valley. After being harvested, the agaves piñas (hearts) are slowly cooked in a stone oven for 36 hours, turning the starches into sugars. Next, they are crushed using a traditional tahona (stone mill). Then, the juice is left to ferment in open-air wood tanks for about 4 days with the help of special yeast that has been in the family for generations. Finally, the juice is double-distilled in traditional copper-pot stills. The tequila leaves the still at 92 proof, and that's the proof at which Fortaleza Still Strength Blanco Tequila is bottled. It comes in a hand-blown bottle made by Mexican artisans and topped with an attractive piña-shaped stopper. Initially only available at the distillery in Tequila, Jalisco, this delicious expression is now available for purchase.

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    The nose is fruity with cooked agave, olives, mint, and earthy undertones. The palate is bright and creamy with fruit, butter, black pepper, olive, and vegetal hints. The finish is refreshing with a pleasant sweetness that lingers.
    $60.99
  2. Gran Coramino Reposado Cristalino Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Acclaimed comedian, actor, and entrepreneur Kevin Hart has teamed up with 11th generation tequila producer Juan Domingo Beckmann for the creation of the Gran Coramino tequila brand. Two years in the making, Gran Coramino Reposado Cristalino is a smooth and balanced tequila that is crafted from 100% blue Weber agaves. Initially, it is matured in eastern European oak casks, before being finished in California Cabernet wine barrels ― a nod to Hart's home state. The tequila is then slowly filtered via a process that Beckmann himself invented 10 years prior. The resulting tequila is crystal clear, yet complex with considerable depth of flavor.

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    Beneath the crystal-clear exterior, this tequila hides a complex taste profile and unparalleled smoothness. Look for aromas of agave, dark berries, and spice on the nose. The palate is fruity with spice, butterscotch, dark fruit, and oak notes that lead to a smooth and fresh finish.
    $58.99
  3. Bribon Blanco Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Bribon Blanco Tequila starts like any proper tequila should ― with fully matured agaves that take from 7 to 10 years to reach maturity. These are harvested by hand, and cooked for 18 hours. Then, they are shredded, releasing the juices. The juices are left to ferment in tanks for an extended period of time, while the yeast transforms the sugars into alcohol. Finally, the fermented juice is double distilled using a column still. Bottled unaged at 80 proof, it's an aromatic, floral, herbal, and spicy tequila that is perfect for classic cocktails.

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    The crystal clear tequila opens with intense floral, tropical fruit, herbal, and spice aromas with earthy undertones. The palate is viscous with fruity, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, vegetal notes, and white pepper, leading to a refreshingly crisp and smooth finish.
    $23.99
  4. Tres Papalote Wild Cupreata Agave Mezcal

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Mezcal is deeply embedded in Mexican history, traditions, mythology, and spirituality. The first spirit to be distilled in the Americas, it was forced into underground production during colonial times, when Spaniards banned it in order to promote imported beverage sales. Ever since Mexican independence in the 1800s, it has thrived through the capable hands of small producers. Tres Papalote aims to preserve the tradition of mezcaleros with their lineup of artisanal mezcal.

    Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong fame serves as more than just the ambassador for Tres Papalote. Known for his extensive Chicano art collection, the bottle design features an image chosen by Marin. The image was taken from a glass sculpture in his collection that was crafted by expert Chicano glassworkers Elinar and Jamex De La Torre.

    The cupreata agave grows in mountainous regions, meaning it is reachable either by foot or donkey. Once the mature 7-year-old plants are harvested, their hearts are extracted and roasted in a fire pit in the ground. The cooked agave is then ground with a tahona stone mill that is pulled by a donkey or horse. It's then time for open-air fermentation in wooden barrels before the liquid is distilled under the watchful eye of the Maestro Mezcalero.

    Tres Papalote Wild Cupreata Mezcal is crafted with 100% wild cupreata agave from Guerrero, Mexico, using a family recipe that has been handed down through generations. Bottled at 92 proof, it's an intense and bold mezcal with prominent smoke and spice notes balanced by citrusy and fruity touches.

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    Bold smoke notes immediately greet the nose and persist throughout the profile of this rich mezcal. Citrus notes, cooked agave, caramel, and plenty of roasted fruit notes and spice are in there as well with the smoke persisting through the finish.
    $44.99
  5. Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Cuervo has been producing tequila ever since 1795, when Jose María Guadalupe de Cuervo began selling Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo after receiving the official charter from the King of Spain to produce and distribute tequila commercially. It however all started with Jose María’s father, José Antonio de Cuervo, who, in 1758, was given a writ of land ownership by King Fernand VI to plant agave on his lands. 1800s were an exciting century for Jose Cuervo. In 1812, the La Rojeña distillery was founded. Jose Cuervo’s tequilas are produced at La Rojeña to this day, making it the oldest active distillery in Latin America. The company exported first barrels to California in 1852, and a few decades later Jose Cuervo became the first tequila brand to start selling its product in bottles, making it even easier to transport tequila across the border.

    Today, Jose Cuervo is the best-selling brand of tequila and currently controls about a third of the global tequila market. It remains a family owned enterprise, run by the Beckman family, the 11th generation descendants of Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo. Hundreds of agave plants cultivated by José Antonio eventually multiplied to millions of plants, and now Jose Cuervo owns the largest holdings of agave in the world, nestled in rich, volcanic soil at the foot of the Tequila Volcano. Each day, 200 to 300 tons of agave are put in the ovens to cook at La Rojeña. Jose Cuervo makes its tequilas using a combination of traditional and modern methods. It uses a stone oven and also extracts starches with a diffuser, and distills the spirits in pot and column stills. With a variety of production methods and maturation strategies, Jose Cuervo produces a wide range of tequilas of different styles.

    Jose Cuervo Especial Silver is a smooth and balanced unaged tequila, carefully crafted by the master distillers at La Rojeña. This expression is double distilled from blue agave growing in the rich, volcanic soil of the family estate. Bottled at 40% ABV, Especial Silver fares well in shots as well as Margaritas.

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    This crisp tequila starts with a slightly peppery nose with aromas of cooked agave. On the palate, subtle cooked agave is accompanied by spicy and peppery notes. The finish is smooth and slightly sweet.
    $18.99
  6. Don Julio Reposado Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Don Julio Reposado Tequila is an authentic, barrel-aged tequila. Matured for 8 months in American white oak barrels, which is four times the standard, it boasts a distinct, golden amber hue and a rich, silky smooth finish – just like a Reposado should. The nose offers mellow lemon citrus notes, while the palate is dazzling with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. Bottled at 80 proof, this one performs best as a mixer in your classic tequila-forward cocktails.

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    The nose is inviting with lemon citrus notes and ripe stone fruit. The palate is soft with dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon.The finish is silky smooth and warm with an essence of dried fruit.
    $51.99
  7. OAX Original Tepeztate Mezcal

    Proof88 (44% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Made from 100% Agave Marmorata from San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca, that matures at 25 years, OAX Original Tepeztate Mezcal comes in a seducing pink bottle that acts as an art piece. After a greeting by intense citrus aromas you'll taste the dense body with smoky and earthy notes, resulting from the aging process. Adored for its warm and refreshing finish, this bright and pristine mezcal is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail.

    OAX mezcals are made from wild agave that average 12-25 years in the semi-arid Central Valleys of Oaxaca, foraged in the mountainous region. Agave hearts are slowly cooked in the ground with oak, tepehuaje and mesquite and stone-ground by a horse before being fermented with wild yeast in pine barrels. Double-distilled, it’s distilled and bottled by third-generation Maestro Mezcalero Enrique Hernandez Zenea from San Luis Del Rio, Oaxaca. OAX delivers a multi-sensory experience with the bottle being more than just a container, but rather an art piece. Embodying the raw texture, pure volumes, surfaces, lights, and shadows of the terrain, it’s inspired by vernacular Mexican architecture; a blend of pre-Hispanic architecture and Euro-American Modernist design.
    Won Silver Medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022.

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    Bright, pristine, and dense, this mezcal greets with intense citrus notes that develop into smoky and earthy flavors on the palate- The warm and refreshing finish is long-lasting.
    $176.99
  8. Erstwhile Espadin Mezcal

    Proof98 (49% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Erstwhile Mezcal is an importer from Brooklyn, New York, specializing in artisanal mezcal. Founded in 2017 by Yuan Ji and Kevin J. Brown, they are laser-focused on helping smaller, family-operated mezcal producers reach the US. This involves education, curation, and extensive research — all in order to bring the best traditional small-batch mezcal to the consumer, while enabling the producers to expand.

    They never meddle with the mezcaleros' production process and always pay them fairly, only stepping in when and where their help is needed. This includes fronting legal fees, finding a suitable bottling facility, and any similar hurdles which are overcome at the beginning of every partnership they make. Transparency plays a huge role in the way they operate, always stating where the mezcal is sourced from and actively communicating with the mezcal-loving community.

    Erstwhile Espadín Mezcal comes from Rancho Blanco Güilá. While the founders were scouring the Oaxaca countryside for a flagship Espadín Mezcal, they came upon master mezcalero Silverio García Luis. They immediately knew they'd found what they were looking for. Complex, elegant, balanced, as well as versatile and good value, it was the perfect fit for their first shipment from Mexico. Fermented naturally in wooden open-air vats and distilled in copper alembic stills, it's a treat for any fan of the traditional Mexican spirit.

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    The extra well-balanced mezcal has notes of butterscotch, banana, roasted agave, and black tea. It has a pleasant sweetness and creamy palate with some peppery spice and smoke notes that linger through the finish.
    $57.99
  9. DeLeón Tequila Reposado

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    1
    DeLeón Tequila was launched in 2009 and purchased in 2014 by a joint venture between business mogul Brent Hocking, Hip-Hop legend and international style icon Sean Combs and the world’s largest spirits company, Diageo. The ultra premium spirit was first introduced to the US market in 2009, just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

    DeLeón is made from only the finest Blue Weber agave, sourced from the rich earth of the Los Altos Highlands region of Jalisco, in the town of Purísima del Rincón in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The city’s name quite literally means "Purest of the Corner," and is named after the Immaculate Conception.

    The agaves are hand selected at 6-8 years, and their piñas are slow roasted in traditional brick and clay ovens, then ground using traditional mills. This is a meticulous traditional technique. This method, coupled with slow fermentation, is what their master distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz says contributes an enriched depth and complexity to the agave’s natural sweetness, creating a remarkably nuanced character:

    "Because each agave is unique, once they arrive at the distillery they are cut into halves, thirds or quarters dependent on the size of the particular agave. This is to ensure that we will have even baking in the clay ovens. The central part of the plant, known as the Cogollo, is removed as it adds bitterness to the final product. This isn’t a standard industry practice and helps DeLeón become a smoother, sweeter, and less-bitter tequila."

    DeLeón Tequila is double distilled using an Alembic-style pot, which Cruz says allows the tequila to retain the unique character acquired during the fermentation process. Although the tequila is chill filtered, DeLeón Tequila also does not make its spirit using any of the four chemicals (glycerin, sucrose, oak extract, and caramel) permitted by the CRT (Consejo Regulador Del Tequila). The entire production span, from agave to bottle, takes about a month.

    The rested expression, DeLeón Reposado Tequila, employs their unconventional production process that blends the art of tequila with French winemaking. Through a unique combination of aging in bold American oak barrels and finishing in French wine casks, Deleón is able to impart a distinctive, balanced character to its Mexican elixir.

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    The nose opens with cinnamon and butterscotch notes which are joined by gentle oak, caramel, spice, and dried fruit on the palate. Some fruitiness is present in the form of red berry notes. Finishes smooth with lingering vanilla and clove notes.
    $42.99
  10. Código 1530 Rosa Tequila

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    5
    All Código 1530 Tequila expressions are made from 100% Blue Weber agave. After the agave have matured for seven to ten years, they are harvested and cooked in stainless steel ovens, where they are fermented using an organic baker’s yeast. The agave spirit is twice distilled through handmade stills. The blanco production takes place over a period of 17-days. Código 1530 Rosa, is their Blanco, rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels. They leave the barrels uncharred, allowing the Cabernet to interact directly with the tequila yielding a subtle pink hue and a light floral finish. Bottled at 40% ABV.

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    Leads with bright agave character and finishes with the soft floral notes of Cabernet.
    $56.99