Tequila with a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

Tasting Notes: 1800 Milenio

1800 Milenio represents a departure from the traditional tequila aging process: instead of white oak, 1800 lets the Milenio spend five years in French oak Cognac barrels. Is it a victorious marriage? Si. Or is it oui?

Good tequila? Aqui

Tasting Notes: Qui Tequila

Last Cinco de Mayo you ended up in the gutter with an extra-large sombrero shading your bloodshot eyes. Ready to grow up a bit for this year's celebration? May we recommend Qui tequila ($57), sipped straight while you fight the waves of heartburn your taco feast brings on.

No salt required

Tasting Notes: Mariposa Agave Liqueur

Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly, and for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ (makers of Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Rittenhouse Rye and yes, Hpnotiq) it’s also a new brand designed to flutter around Mexico’s exclusive international right to the name “Tequila”, which can only be applied to agave spirits made in the areas in and around...

A silver tequila worth sipping

Tasting Notes: El Tesoro Platinum Tequila

El Tesoro Tequila has been produced for more than 70 years, and the family behind the label has been making our favorite Mexican import for more than 200 years. So it’s safe to assume they know a thing or two about tequila. As the third generation master distiller of El Tesoro, Carlos Camarena is charged...

Good tequila, great value

Tasting Notes: Espolon Reposado Tequila

Crafted from 100% blue agave in the highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico and aged for six months in American oak barrels, Espolon Reposado Tequila ($20) has a rich, golden hue. The nose gives off pleasant aromas of spicy agave, pepper and hints of sweet caramel, and the bold flavors range from roasted agave and sweet...

Small Batches and Pretty Bottles

Tasting Notes: Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado Tequila

Milagro makes a full range of quality tequilas – silver, reposado and anejo – each distilled in small batches from 100% blue agave grown in the Jalisco highlands. In addition to the base lineup, Milagro offers its line of Select Barrel Reserve tequilas, which are produced from hand-selected agave meeting specific quality requirements. Milagro Select...

Too smooth to shoot

Tasting Notes: Partida Añejo Tequila

The days of shooting bad tequila with salt and a lime are nearing an end. The tequila category has shaken off its sordid past and reemerged better than ever, with renewed interest in the spirit and a spate of new labels on store shelves. This is good news for discerning drinkers, who are rediscovering classics...

A Long Way from Salting Your Hand

El Jimador New Mix Tequila Cocktails

The industrial-booze complex otherwise known as the world’s liquor industry will forever be in a bit of a bind. The trouble is there’s only so many types of alcohol that exist on this earth, and no amount of aging, packaging, or flavor infusions, can change that fact. Still, the Casa Herradura Tequila brand isn’t calling...

Don't Get Your Hopes Up, It's Not Infused

Yeyo Tequila

Tequila fans take note. Yeyo is a new straight up silver brand made of 100% blue agave grown in Jalisco, Mexico. These plants are cooked in a brick Agave cooker as opposed to aluminum to extract a more natural flavor from the 24 hour process. The firm’s press materials even highlight that classical music is...

Herradura Calabatini

We Doubt Pagans Drank This Well As a precusor to your costume party debauchery, give the Herradura Calabatini a shot. This festive blend of tequila and pumpkin spice is sure to get nods of approval from guests. Not to mention yourself. Plus it’s a lot more dignified than orange jello shots, though depending on how...

Patron XO Café

First It Was Silver. Then Gold. Now Coffee. During the next restocking of your bar make sure to leave room in your arsenal for Patron XO Café. Yes, we know the stereotypes about flavored alcohol, but you’ll never find this sneaked into a slumber party. Trust us. Patron XO Café is a meld of ultra...

Tequila 5150

Tequila 5150 is the first domestic tequila to legally import blue agave into the U.S., but it’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it’s made using wine making techniques. In typical American fashion, a friend of the bottler was told by his sheriff compadre that trying to produce tequila using wine barrels was “5150”, California’s...

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