Tequila has always had an unfair reputation as the dangerous party drink for wild night-outs and wicked hangovers. However, it is one of the most versatile drinks and can certainly be relished for its unique flavours, either as a cocktail or even just a classic sipper. On this National Tequila Day, check out some of the finest tequilas to try out this year.
Casa Noble Añejo
Casa Noble has earned a name for being the smoothest and most delicious brands to exist, and their Añejo tequila is by far the smoothest tequilas ever. It is prepared in a very unique way, aged for two whole years in a French oak cask. The tequila has sweet, fruity notes from dried fruit, butterscotch and chocolate that transcend into contrasting spicy, toasted notes with an undertone of sweet cooked agave.
Clase Azul Reposado
A top-shelf tequila meant for true tequila fanatics, Clase Azul not only tastes brilliant but also has an aesthetically designed bottle. The striking white-and-blue ceramic decanters are handcrafted by artisans in Santa Maria Canchesda. One of the noteworthy things about the bottle is that most of them are made with repurposed decanters from previous sales, and it takes about two weeks to make one of these stunning bottles. The tequila inside is just as precious, made with blue agave plants in Mexico. It features notes of spice, cream soda, apple cider, jasmine, cinnamon and honey.
El Tesoro Añejo
If you want to have tequila that tastes exactly like tequila, then El Tesoro is the one to grab. An authentic Mexican tequila, that is traditional all the way, El Tesoro is made using local agave and traditional methods. It is aged in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for three years which gives it a strong woody aroma with hints of maple, vanilla and caramel, balanced with pepper and floral tones. The local agave really shines through giving it a soft and silky texture that is perfect for neat sips.
A rare form of non-aged tequila that’s easy on your pocket, Espolòn is a crowd favourite drink that combines all the complex flavours of a good tequila without the complicated ageing process. It is made using 100% pure Weber Blue Agave which is harvested at least 7-to-10 years post cultivation. It has a clean crisp flavour with layers of black and white pepper, citrus, and vanilla. Despite its complexity of flavour, this tequila has always been regarded as the ‘cocktail tequila’, especially for margaritas.
This tequila is particularly for those who prefer earthy aromas instead of overly sweet notes in their liquor. Produced in the lowlands of the Jalisco region, this tequila is prepared using some of the oldest and most ancient methods like brick ovens and wooden tanks for the fermentation process. As mentioned, the tequila has more raw flavours like black pepper, dried herbs, and olives with a hint of citrus and plenty of agave. Due to its unique preparation process, the company claims that each bottle of Fortaleza tequila lightly differs in terms of flavour notes. The bottle itself is a work of art, a hand-blown glass bottle, topped with a hand-painted agave piña, finished with a vintage-inspired label.
Roca Patrón Reposado
A smooth buttery tequila. Roca Patrón has been compared to the Grand Patrón Burdeos for a similar taste with a justifiable price tag and better availability. Like Fortaleza, Roca Patrón also uses the tahona production process, which involves a large stone wheel to crush the agave in a pit. The flavour palate of this tequila has been described as rich and buttery with intense vanilla, and caramel notes, complemented by spicy ginger and tart citrus aromas.
A celebrity-owned brand, Teremana Blanco is an ingenious concoction by American actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. This naturally sweetened tequila is distilled in handmade copper pot stills prepared in small batches. It is light and easy to drink, with sweet citrusy notes which makes it perfect for cocktails. The name of the brand is quite interesting, it combines two meaningful words, ‘tere’ derived from the Latin ‘terra’ meaning earth and ‘mana’, the Polynesian word meaning spirit, hence ‘spirit of the earth’.